The Fantastics Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, By William Joyce
I only recently discovered this book, and I’m so glad I did. William Joyce was a speaker at a writing conference I attended a few months ago. There were plenty of other speakers there, but he was my favorite by a mile.
He’s been writing for many years and has worked with lots of creative mediums, but listening to him speak, his passion for books is still so evident. That is really what this book is meant to portray–Joyce’s love for books and his belief in the power they hold. The language and artwork in this book work brilliantly together, deftly portraying the passage of time and the legacy of literature.
Joyce has worked on plenty of other projects you’ve most likely heard of (Toy Story, Rollie Pollie Ollie, Rise of the Guardians), but this book is my favorite of his projects. You might also remember the short film version of this story which won an Oscar a few years ago. I highly recommend you watching that as well.