The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – W. E. Joyce


A long title but a short picture book, and a beautiful one at that. Beautiful in terms of illustrations and storyline.


What a lovely way of showing that making friends with books and the characters within means that you have friends that will last for life. even when you are old and frail, these friendships will remain strong and make you feel young each time you revisit them.


This is a book that I intend to buy for Squidge, my soon-to-be-born neice, to read once she is here, as well as my own children in the future so that they will grow up with the story of Morris Lessmore and his books. My nephew, who is eight, will also be learning the story so that he can discover the joys of reading, inspire him to pick up a book, and continue the pattern of picking up the story of someone else so that he can leave his own, in the end.


Although it remains a childrens picture book, this is a book that I am incredibly happy made the list for the Year 7 Reading Challenge. I can only hope that it inspires more children into reading.


Below is my favourite quote from the book and is the cyclic line of the story that I love so much.

The girl began to read. And so our story ends as it began…

With the opening of a book.

As you can probably tell, this is a book that I would recommend to anyone, and already have. All year 7’s have been read it so far and staff that have read it have decided to buy the book either for their own newborns, or for friends who have had children/grand-children.


Edit: Holy Moly! I just watched the short film based on the book, equally as good as the book, tells the story without the use of words, only those written in the books.

5 out of 5 stars

Accelerated Reader Information

Level: 3.7

Points: 0.5

Interest Level: LY

Quiz Number: 222912

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