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Featured Book: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreFor all bibliovores, regardless of age, this book is for you. It is beautiful in form and content, it is good in form and content, and it is true in form and content. Rarely does one find a children’s picture book that so throughly celebrates a bookish life, but also deals with some grand humane themes.

My wife is a librarian and daily interacts with children and books. If I were not a Professor, I cannot think of a more appealing calling. We talk daily about the little ones in her school, books, and the relationship between bookish children and their overall demeanor. We recently became aware of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. In addition to this unique book, there is an app at Vimeo (sorry Luddites) that is interactive with the book. For the critics of such apps, one can make the case that this app encourages greater interaction with the book and other books. For short film lovers, this wonderful book also inspired the Academy Award winning short film.

Below is from Amazon page:

Morris Lessmore loved words.

He loved stories.

He loved books.

But every story has its upsets.

Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.

But the power of story will save the day.

Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

Books mentioned in this essay are available from The Imaginative Conservative Bookstore

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  1. I watched (again and again) the animated video that preceded the book; it was once a free download but it can still be seen for free on Youtube. I found it captivatingly, enchantingly, clever and emotionally moving. I’ll order the book. Counterintuatively, it went from being an ‘ap’ to a video to a book, rather than the other way around, an interesting and clearly successful strategy.

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