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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is an imaginative, interactive picture book based on an award-winning animated short film. The app book contains several animated clips from the film. The story is a lovely and fantastical one that celebrates the power of books, but be aware that it begins with a big storm that pulls up houses and blows the hero away. There's a whole lot to do in this app, though, besides just viewing the story, including piecing together puzzles, building words with alphabet cereal, and drawing your own pictures on blank book pages.
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Is it any good?
THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE is so good that it borders on mind-blowing. It's one of those apps that shows just how much creativity and added entertainment value can be put into an interactive book app (even one that, ironically, celebrates the power of good old-fashioned paper books). The story -- a man is swept away by a tornado and becomes the librarian of sorts in a world of living books -- is the sort of sweet and magical tale that just might make you tear up at the end (in the good way). The animation is breathtaking. And the opportunities for interactivity are wonderfully diverse and original. You swirl your finger to bring wind onto the page, you change a black-and-white sky to blue, you play a song on a piano, you write your own words on a blank book page -- complete with illustrations if you want. And there's much more than just that. It's a truly brilliant app.