Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets. Based on the Oscar winning short film by William Joyce, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a charming story about the power of books, and the importance of every story being told. The illustrations are rich, and give you the feeling of watching a movie while reading. I have to admit, I still haven't watched the short film, mostly because I have trouble believing that it could be any better than the book. Having bestowed my love of books AND technology on my daughters, they quickly jumped from the book to the movie, and tell me that it's just as good! I love that depending on the age of the child (or adult:), this story can be interpreted differently. Initially, I wondered if preschoolers would be interested in or understand this book, but I was pleasantly surprised at how engaged they were. It was a good reminder, that through books we use our imaginations which makes each of our experiences with the book quite different. The little one's don't have to go to philosophical depths to enjoy this book, and it's okay if a 12 year old is sad thinking that Mr. Lessmore passes away, and a 4 year old is amazed at the flying books. That's the true definition of a book for all ages.