Saturday, November 30

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

Morris’ life is like the orderly pages of a book, until a storm comes and scatters the letters of his life.

With nothing left, Morris sets out on a journey that will help him to reimagine the way he lives his life and writes his story.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is an imaginative and inspirational tale that any writer or booklover will adore. Joyce’s lyrical prose is precisely worded and accompanied by exquisite illustrations. The reader can feel themselves being submerged in Morris’ world as they accompany him on his journey.

The books Morris meets on his journey are very much alive. After the storm, his life seems dreary, as is reflected in the grey illustrations. Yet the books he meets aren’t so much vibrant as warm in colour. They are loved and they have lived.

At first Morris tries to be orderly with the books but they will have none of it. They bring chaos into his life and it is all the better for it. My favourite depiction in the story is when Morris becomes lost in a book. It is every much the action packed adventure, hanging from letters and diving through paragraphs.

Morris isn’t selfish with his books and uses them to brighten the lives of others. The entire story of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a metaphor for the way books affect readers and it is wonderful.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough and look forward to reading more of William Joyce’s work in the near future.
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1 comment:

Emma Michaels said...

Sounds fantastic! Adding it to my list!!!