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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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The Man in the Moon

The Man in the Moon

Written and Illustrated by William Joyce

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William Joyce–  Can’t say enough about him!  He does fantastic illustrations in all of his work, and The Man in the Moon is no exception.  The book is a lengthy tale of a young boy, MiM loses his parents and his guardian, Nightlight, to the Prince of Nightmares.  He grows up on the moon and watches the antics of children on earth.  As he grows up, he realizes that the children of earth were still plagued by nightmares and were afraid of the dark.  He makes the moon glow at night so that children would always have nightlight and know that they didn’t have to be afraid of the dark.

Special Features: There is a short film of the same name, directed by Joyce, which inspired the film The Rise of the Guardians.  Joyce has also won an Academy Award for Short Film for his short film version of his book The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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