Where do I begin describing this book? It is absolutely fantastic for kids and grown-ups, which is my favorite combination in a children’s book. “Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books.” reads the first page. Sound familiar? The book tells the story of Morris, whose life was turned upside down when a tornado blew his whole word apart and even scattered the words of his book. He wanders down a trail which leads him exactly where he needs to be: a library, or as the book describes it “An extraordinary building where many books apparently ‘nested.’” Here he finds it his job to nurse the books back to health and share their stories with the whole town. My favorite part here is how the illustrator, Joe Bluhm, has everyone in black-and-white until they receive a book, as we all know life would be very dull without books. Morris continues caring for the books for days, and months, and years, until his story is complete and it is time to pass along the stories to another.
As I mentioned before, I love books that can be read and loved by adults and children. I can see this book being given to a book lover (big or small) or to a librarian or teacher. Or, to someone whose story is ending, or someone whose story has just begun, or even to someone who doesn’t quite know what their story is yet.
The book accompanies an Academy Award winning short film which is definitely worth the watch after reading the story.