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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - William Joyce, Joe Bluhm I usually try to separate my children’s book reviews on Amazon and my book feed on goodreads. This book is the exception. Everyone—no matter the age or genre interest—should read this book.

Sometimes we are fortunate to have a story medium transcend the barrier between what is called a children’s story and what is a story for adults. In books, I would liken this to something like Where the Wild Things Are. For movies, this is like Toy Story; it is something that can be enjoyed and appreciated by people of all ages. Fantastic Flying Books is a book that will touch anyone’s heart, no matter how many years it has been beating upon this earth.

What Toy Story did to bring the beloved and classic toys to life, making them even more near and dear to our lives, is what Fantastic Flying Books does for, well, books. There you go: Toy Story and Book Story. No, this is not the same plot, but the after-effect is the same and will continue to blossom within you after the last page is read.

As for the plot, we are greeted by a writer, surrounded by still books, and yet he doesn’t seem satisfied. A storm comes along, brushing aside words, letters, and everything else. Books themselves embrace our protagonist in a wonderful way, creating a special life-long bond. Adventure is present and is displayed by many beautiful, warm illustrations. But more importantly, the love of books is the underlying theme.

There’s not much more I can say besides “please read this book”. If you value the importance of reading in yourself or your children, this book is sure to please.