“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore” is an absolutely fantastic book! The boys and I read it last week and loved it. It’s one of the picture books that is better appreciated by an older audience than a younger one. The literal story would leave young children thinking, “Well that was odd”, but an older audience is more adept is digging below the surface to locate the treasures of this book.
Brilliantly I planned to read this book for our weekly literary discussion and analysis. Okay, truthfully, it had just arrived in the mail and it seemed as good as any a choice at the time. A pretty wonderful choice in hindsight though.
Have I ever mentioned how much I also love “Teaching the Classics” by Andrew Adams?! “Teaching the Classics” has taught us how to find the riches in stories. The program advises that you select pictures books for your first analysis experiences. Through great picture books my boys are learning to identify the different elements of a story’s plot, guided by the Socratic questions. I enjoy chatting about books so I’m ecstatic to be mentoring my own little book club of men.
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore” was a book that we thoroughly enjoyed discussing. There was so much to explore and lots to discover. I’m not going to tell you too much about the book as it would just spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that it’s all about books and reading.
There’s also a short animation of the book which I highly recommend. You can purchase the animation on itunes for only a couple of dollars. Read the book first though and then watch the animation, as always of course.
Now that we’ve tasted the delicacies of real story comprehension, there’ll be no boring comprehension worksheets or torturous book reports allowed into this home. Imagine what one of those tasks would have done to the love of a delightful book like “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore”. I shudder to think. Purge your house of all these horrors right now and if you happen to uncover a charming book in your hunt, take the time to snuggle up with your own little book club and delight in the best kind of treasure hunt.
Counting down the sleeps until our next great book find…