The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris LessmoreInformation

Goodreads: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Series: None
Source: Library
Published: 2011


Mr. Morris Lessmore has always loved books.  When his own are scattered in a natural disaster, he sets off to find a new adventure.  His path leads him to a beautiful flying woman, who directs him to a new home full of magical flying tomes.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a beautiful book, both in art and story.  It follows the life of Morris as he loves and loses and finds books again.  Plot-wise, readers get to experience something concretely magical, as Morris literally befriends sentient flying books.  However, the tale is also clearly metaphoric, exploring the ways in which books can heal readers, cheer them, teach them new things, and keep them company.  The layered nature of the story, as well as some darker moments, may make it more suitable for older children.

The artwork complements this complex story perfectly.  The illustrations are rich and detailed, exactly the type of the pictures I would have loved to spend forever looking at as a child.  Many of the pages are filled with color.  Other pages, depicting darker events like the loss of Mr. Morris Lessmore’s home, are done in grayscale to better fit the tone.  All the pages maintain a touch of whimsy, however, keeping the tale from being too depressing for younger readers.

A recommended book for all who love reading, both young and old.


3 thoughts on “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

  1. debzbookshelf says:

    I saw this back when I was Christmas shopping at B&N, and I loved it! It was visually stimulating and had me absorbed for long enough that people were concerned to see a teenager reading a picture book in a corner. It’s definitely a wonderful story that I think will appeal to most readers.


    • Briana says:

      Yes, it’s gorgeous! I love Morris’s facial expressions on a lot of the pages, as well.

      I’ve definitely gotten strange looks for being in the children’s section, but it’s worth it!


      • Krysta says:

        I read this, too, and noted it was first a film that won an Academy Award. I can, in fact, see it working even better as a film than as a book. The artwork is so stunning and I would love to see the books actually flying and coming to life.

        I don’t understand why people give me weird looks for buying children’s books. How can they even be sure I’m not buying them as gifts?


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