Joyce, W., & Bluhm, J. (ill.) (2012). The fantastic flying books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers. ISBN: 9781442457027
Annotation: One day, a storm scattered of Morris Lessmore’s beloved books. He wandered and wandered until he found a magical place where books came alive.
Reaction: This book was heartwarming and made me so happy to read it. I love the quiet way Morris Lessmore tended to the books until he reached the end of the book of his life and the powerful message this book sends about the power of the written word. Books can change your life, and I think this book could turn kids into readers. I have every intention of buying this book for myself just as soon as I can.
The art in this book is beautiful and tells the story of Morris and the books’ daily life in a way that the text can’t. Joyce and Bluhm do a wonderful job of turning all the books into characters with their own personalities and including delightful little details, such as the old books walking around with canes at the end and the piano and life support machines that are made out of books. I also really liked the way the artists used black & white and color illustrations to symbolize the difference between people’s sad, lonely lives before discovering books, and the the joy and satifaction they felt after they found books.
I want to hang up the picture of the woman flying away with books in my house.
This book is on my Top Ten Favorites list for this class.
Media Used: Multimedia.