A Book Lover's Masterpiece

24 February 2013
         Last year, the Academy Awards finally got my attention. No, it wasn't because of Angelina Jolie's leg. Nor was it due to the beautiful gowns that I could never afford, even if I didn't have to pay taxes. It was because the Academy actually gave a gift to every bibliophile in the world, by bringing our attention to an amazing film.   Last year's Academy Award for Animated Short Film went to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenberg.
     Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, the 15 minute  film is nothing short of brilliant. It is about people who love books and the books that return the favor.

                                          iPad Screenshot 1
    The film's popularity spawned a hardcover book, as well as an interactive app. I haven't checked those out yet, but I have shared the film with many other book lovers, including my students. After the viewing we discussed the film's contradictions. It is old-fashioned yet modern, funny yet poignant. It is also an allegory about the power of books.
     Take a look. It's more beautiful than any gown.


  1. I loved it! Metaphors, personification, all of it! It would be a sad world without books. Thanks for sharing, Darlene. :)

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I read the book to my class and we did a sketch to stretch activity. They will love this!

    1. I'd love to know what a sketch to stretch is! Sound intriguing!

  3. Darlene, thanks for sharing this! I hadn't heard of this film at all, but as a life-long bibliophile, I will most certainly be checking it out! One of my favorite books is Shadow of the Wind because it is simply a book about the love of a book. It is hard to explain that to someone who doesn't love books as much as I do, but book lovers get it! Thank you for finding a way to increase my addiction even further :)

    ~Miss Martin
    Miss Martin’s Classroom

  4. I'm so glad you like it! Thank you!

  5. Darlene,
    I love your sense of humor!

    I was introduced to this film some time ago, and it is so beautiful. I also seem to remember having seen the book on someone's iPad. And when you clicked on different items in each of the pictures, they moved. I was blown away by it!

    Have you seen the youtube video "It's a Book"? Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4BK_2VULCU


  6. Hi Marion! I'm on my way to see the video- thank you!