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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce

The story opens on a New Orleans balcony, where the reader learns that Morris “loved words…stories…books.” Every day he would “write of his joys and sorrows, of all that he knew and everything that he hoped for.” When a weird storm turns everything topsy-turvy, the moody man in the quaint hat notices a lady held airborne by a “festive squadron of flying books.” Her gift lands Morris to a book-filled sanctuary set in a beautifully staged and lit landscape. He takes care of the tomes, distributing favorites to visitors, whose dull bodies then blossom with color. Every life and story ends, and those struggling with their own goodbyes (and yearnings for real books) may find comfort in seeing the fading elder revert to his younger self in order to be transported by the celebrating squadron–just as a young girl shows up and chooses Morris’s story.