The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

By William Joyce

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012

Morris Lessmore loves books.  One day, his whole world is torn asunder and he wanders.  Soon he discovers the “nest” of flying books, and he stays to take care of them until he becomes old.  All the while, he is writing is own story.  On the day that he leaves, his story is finished, and the book about Morris stays in the library and gains the ability to fly.  Soon, a new proprietor– a little girl– discovers the library and begins the cycle all over again– starting with a book.

This book is rich with symbolism, imagery, foreshadowing, and more.  This is a wonderful book to use with middle and high school students to talk about literary devices in Language Arts and English classes.

Awards: Kirkus Starred Review

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