La Plume Noire Photography

The World Was His for the Reading

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
Ernest Hemingway


Inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favour. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. 

It is extremely rare for a short film to touch me so deeply, but when that moment enters your life, it brings warmth to my heart and puts a smile on my face. Before I continue any further, I suggest you download or watch this short animation: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore. Thus, it will explain a lot more of what I am about to write.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore was recently awarded an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. No surprises there. The animation, created by Moonbot Studios is beautifully written and created. Not only for their artistic skills, but for creating a story that has a meaningful moral behind it.

One of the best morals within the story are about loving your books and taking care of them. My greatest fondness in life is my love for literature. Everyone who knows me personally, will know that I am rather fussy when it comes to people borrowing my books. Basically, if you were to borrow them, I would need them back in pristine condition. That means no writing on the pages, bent pages are forbidden and the slightest stains will have me yelling at you. Is it so hard to follow these steps? In my world, books are precious. They need constant care and attention. One day, you never know, they might just ‘return the favour‘. They are not to be thrown about. My heart actually skips a beat when I see people ripping out pages. As a result, when you watch the clip of Mr. Morris Lessmore re-attaching an old book, you will understand my exact feelings.

Nevertheless, the fundamental moral of the story in The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, is that a simple book can enlighten and uplift a person’s spirit, bringing happiness into their lives. As Edwin Markham once stated: “He fed his spirit with the bread of books.” Have you ever read a book that has given you hope and brought you happiness? You should at least have one. Perhaps someday I will share with you my favourite book. A book that has inspired me in many ways. Then again it’s possible I could still be searching for it. Let me know if you found one.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is suitable for all ages. I even recommend you to show it to your children. In fact, they could even learn from it. These days, I feel that children are reading less often. Instead, their world revolves around computer games and television. Before you know it, paper books will have become a thing of the past. Let us hope that doesn’t happen. Thus, before you tuck your little ones to bed, make sure you take the time to read to them. Let their imagination grow. Let them see the world with their own eyes, and perhaps their future may be a better world.


I hope you have enjoyed my review; that I haven’t rambled or confused you too much. It is good to take a short break from photography once in a while. Mr. Morris Lessmore is a character that I am truly fond of. I simply thank Moonbot Studios for creating him and his world. Perhaps heaven will be like an endless library of forgotten books, waiting to be found and read. If you have not already done so, go watch The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. It is only fifteen minutes long, but in my eyes, it is worth every second. I conclude with a delightful short quote that seemed to sum up this written prose.

“Let books be your dining table,
And you shall be full of delights.
Let them be your mattress,
And you shall sleep restful nights.”
Unknown Author

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11 comments

  1. Lol… in my case, I am rather happy to see my books returned with folds and all, but no rippings of course, because then i would know that they read the book.

  2. Now I must see this film! Some books I am more than happy to scribble in, with pencil, turn down the corners of pages etc etc but please know I do it with love because those words are talking to me and I am talking back. I don’t mind a shabby book but they are my books and I would be most cross to lend one out and have it returned in said condition.

    Happy reading to you!

    • Don’t get me wrong, I do love a book that has been read many times. I have a few worn books myself. haha I am sad that it is slowly falling to pieces. Go watch it! Happy reading!

  3. oolung

    Very nice! And I agree with every word – although… I’ve started making notes in my books some time ago, underlining things I like etc. But only with a pencil! And I always try to write in my best handwriting! I somehow feel like it makes them more personal, and then I’m even more unwilling to lend them to people…

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