Phoenix enjoying The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore yesterday
"Everyone's story matters," said Morris
A fanasty book about the love of books has stole our hearts, The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore by William Joyce who also illustrated the book with Joe Bluhm, starts with Morris Lessmore writing his own book about his joys and sorrows. Until one day a storm scatters the words of his book in every direction, and he starts off wandering and becomes enchanted with the flying books that befriend him and lead him to a mansion full of books wanting to be read.
"Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books."
Morris cares for the books in the mansion and "fixing those with fragile bindings and unfolding the dog-eared psges of others," as he continues to write his own book.
Written with great imagery, "...Morris could hear the faint chatter of a thouand different stories, as if each book was whispering an invitation to adventure." And the illustrations are phenomenal and so beautifully detailed.
Love this one with the moon and Morris sitting in the book, THIS should be a print! I'd buy it and frame it for Phoenix's wall!
Phoenix enjoying the The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore today.
As Morris ages the "...books never change. Their stories stayed the same" and says he will carry the books in his heart on the day he finishes his book and decides it's time to move on. And just as The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore started with opening the book is also ends with a girl opening the book Morris has written and left at the mansion. Another book wander'er perhaps, creating a full circle of the love of reading and words.
The book is about the love of books, and I'd love to sit in the room (above) where an older Morris wrote his book in, the sunlight coming in the room, beaming on the books, it's such a peaceful illustration that warmed my heart while reading the book to Phoenix.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore on Amazon
The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore on BN.com
The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore on Indiebound.org
Check out the other books of William Joyce.
I first flipped through this book out of curiosity, a large book with books on the cover, at the bookstore and was surprised at how much I really enjoyed it and had a moment of "THIS is a book we have to own!" And it shows how much bookstores are needed for discovering amazing books!
Phoenix already ripped a page of this book but that's what getting down with a book can involve and I'll patch it up real good with some tape and we will be reading this book time and time again because it's an incredible book to share with your baby. Yes, your baby might be little but there's a lot of great books to share together, to grow with, to love, dive in!
~Isobella & Phoenix