Saturday, September 22, 2012

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

Morris Lessmore lived a life surrounded by color and books. Then a terrible upset occurs, his books are destroyed and the color in his life disappears. For a few pages, Morris' life is black and white until he is led (by a character who looks like Humpty Dumpty) to the library where he lives out his life taking care of the books and getting lost in their pages.

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With illustrations that are typical of William Joyce you're brought into a tale that is reminiscent of both The Wizard of Oz and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The story was well done and I like how Joyce depicted someone getting lost in the story. One really good point about the book is while Morris was content to get lost in someone else's story, he was determined to write his own.

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