App Review: Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
All in all, it was an agreeable jumble.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is…. fantastic. It’s based on a book by William Joyce, and it was made into an animated short that won the Oscar for best animated short in 2011.
Moonbot’s website describes the story as follows:
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 favor.
This app would be appreciated by kids older than our usual Little eLit offerings, but my almost 3-year old still enjoyed talking about the flying books and the librarian in the story. This would only work as a one-on-one app, too, not for a group. The animation and narration are movie-quality, though some of the interactivity seems a little hokey (drawing in a book, old school Paint style, tap the books and they flutter while everything else on the screen is motionless, play “pop goes the weasel” on the piano etc) and sometimes it’s a little unclear what you’re supposed to do. Nevertheless, the story is well written and the illustrations are gorgeous. You can even spell things in a bowl of Alpha-Bits cereal and take a photo of it!