The New York Times calls The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore simply “the best… It is a visually stunning bit of work with entertaining interactive features.” And we agree.
The eye-catching iPad app is an interactive narrative experience based on William Joyce’s short film “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”. Produced by Moonbot Studios, the app is available for download on iTunes for only $4.99, which is well worth it.
This iPad storybook is about a man (named Mr. Morris Lessmore, of course) who lives in an old library. The flying books housed in the library have become his friends and his job is to make sure they are handled with care and shared with reading lovers who will appreciate their value.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is visually reminiscent of Pixar movies like Up, Toy Story 3, and Geri’s Game. The imagery is interesting and beautiful, as is the narrator’s soothing voice.
Customer reviews claim The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore to be “One of the best. I’d have to put this up there with Goosed Up Rhymes and Cosmo’s Day off as one of the best book apps. Big hit with the kids.” Another praised the app as a fantastic teaching tool saying, “My wife even used this and the animated short film we got in the iTunes store for a Language lesson. This will entertain both adults and children, buy it!”
Another rave review, which we found notable stated, “I just finished reading The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the first thing I did was go buy another copy of the app for my grandchildren. I love everything about this book, the story, the animation, the feeling of being part of the story. The feelings it envoked reminded me of the first time I read Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. I highly recommend this book to young and old.”
After reading reviews such as these, how could you not check it out! iPad apps like The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore will likely change the way parents read bedtime stories to their children. Tell us, how do you feel about the new world of interactive narrative apps? Will you or do you share them with your kids?