„The flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore“ is one of these books I put on my wishlist weeks ago and thought about purchasing it every day… The oscar-winning short film by author William Joyce and the book being a tribute to librarian pioneer Bill Morris, the pioneer of children’s book publishing, finally convinced me.
I got the book in the mail today and started reading immediately. And what can I say? „The flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore“ is as wonderful and magical as I expected. But what else is to be expected with so many personal connections author William Joyce has with this story… But let’s come to that later.
Mr. Lessmore is a person of order – his life “was a book of his own writing, one orderly page after another.” The world how he knew it comes to an end when he loses his whole library in a terrible storm… As a book lover Mr. Morris Lessmore is devasted. Could he guess that this is just the beginning of his story – and the beginning of Bill Morris’ literary references? The almost magical appearance of a women, carried by flying books, who lends her a Humpty-Dumpty-themed book, leads him to a library, where Mr. Morris Lessmore rediscovers the purpose of his life: Caring for books, “gently fixing those with fragile bindings and unfolding the dog-eared pages of others.” He shares the story of his books with others. He brings them to life.
This picture book is more than a children’s book. It might bring the love of reading to every child, but every book lover can identify himself with the slightly melancholy men, whose best friend is a book.
„The flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore“ is a truly magical book, from the meaningful story full of references and memorable quotes to the captivating illustrations. It’s not surprising that it’s based on real characters and on William Joyce’s own experiences when losing his home during hurricane Katrina. The author saw firsthand the power of stories as he visited children, who lost everything in the storm. “And so our story ends as it began – with a book.”
We give „The flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore“ five crowns for illustrations and story. Definitely a book that belongs in the bookshelf of every book lover!
„The flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore“ by Willian Joyce
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition/First Printing edition