The Academy-Award-winning short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, had thousands of YouTube hits. It’s possible that half of them were from my son who, for whatever reason, really took a fancy to this charming film.
We introduced you to the film earlier this year though the producers, Moonbot Studios, have since taken it down from YouTube (fair enough!). Well, never fear! One of the film’s creators, William Joyce, has brought this delightful story to print and the book of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is now available.
Joyce had a considerable challenge translating his charming film into a book as the film has no words, but rather a piano-heavy soundtrack and lots of sound effects, enough to make the story incredibly expressive and full of emotion. Furthermore, the lack of words allows people to draw their own conclusion about the ending. So, how does Mr. Morris Lessmore ‘read’?
Beautifully. The book does the film justice and in fact adds another layer about the importance of books and reading in life -
“Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. His life was a book of his own writing, one orderly page after another… But every story has its upsets.”
The illustrations, stills taken from the film, are superb but I was won by Joyce’s selection of some quaint phrases and words – “happenstance“, “…a festive squadron of flying books” and “…each book was whispering an invitation to adventure”. It’s beautifully written.
The ending is stunning and perhaps all the more poignant in a written format. And in the words of Morris Lessmore, “Everyone’s story matters,”…. And all the books agreed.”
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is available online at Book Depository. Book Depository deliver free to Australia.