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Mini-review: The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore (William Joyce)

Product Details:
Reading level: picture book
Publisher: June 19, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781442457027
Source: personal copy

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.    

But the power of story will save the day. 

This was such a great find at Barnes and Noble! I was not looking for picture books, but the cover caught my eye. You can't tell from this picture, but the lettering looks like gold leaf. Gorgeous. As stood in the children's section while my oldest soon looked for a book, I started reading The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore. Instant love. 

What does it take to make me go nuts for a children's book? That's pretty simple: a great hidden message between the covers. I knew I had to own this book and use it with my class. (I managed to use it for a prediction lesson.) But what I adored the most about this book is the subtle message about the importance of public libraries. Every book lover should read this book because we can all appreciate our libraries. That wasn't the only jewel hidden on the pages. On a deeper level, the book discusses the power of (individual) stories. I absolutely loved the line "everyone has a story to tell." Sigh. 

Not convinced that this book deserves your attention? Fine. Don't take my word for it then. Go check out the author's website to see for yourself. It will blow you away. Oh, and did I mention that since this book is so incredible it has it's own iphone App? Oh yeah.


  1. This book caught my interest too the last time I was at Barnes & Noble. Regretfully, I haven't taken a look at it yet, and must put that on my to-do list for the next time I'm at B&N. :-)

    Literally Jen

  2. Oh, you do need to read this! It's great. Really. I managed to get my co-workers to buy copies because I talked it up so much. I am a sucker for great children's books/picture books with "depth".


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