The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Common Sense Media says

Fantastic, boundary-pushing interactive book.

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Ease of play

The page corner folds down when it's time to turn, arrows show you where and when to swipe in order to interact with the scenes, and tappable hotspots glow to make you aware of them. The only thing that could have made the app easier for kids would have been the highlighting of the text.

Violence & scariness

A tornado sweeps away several houses -- and Morris with them -- in the beginning of the story. It's nothing too violent, but could frighten some younger children.

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Not applicable
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Consumerism

There's an ad for the animated short film on which this book is based. The film is also purchasable via iTunes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In one scene, several books speak when you tap them, uttering famous lines from their texts. One is the Great Gatsby, and its line mentions "champagne."

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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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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:May 31, 2011
Category:Books
Size:335.00 MB
Publisher:Moonbot Studios LA
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byLC70 May 30, 2012
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Beautiful interactive book

This is a beautiful app which will enchant most children. My 5-year-old and 7-year-old both love it and have watched it/used it multiple times. This is something children of many ages would have fun listening to.
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Educator and Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written byKelly Morrison February 22, 2012
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Beautifully illustrated, wonderfully animated

This is the best realization of the iPad platform that I've seen: a fully interactive, beautifully produced ebook that is compelling for adults and kids. The storyline is written around the interactivity, but that's okay; the theme of the power of books and their place in the world is a welcome one, regardless of the format.
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Kid, 2 years old January 4, 2012
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Fantastic!

My son is 2 1/2 and loves this app. We "read" it as one of his bedtime stories. I have not found another "book" that is as well done, interactive and easy to use as this one. Fantastic!
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