The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. The name might be a mouth-full, but this new eBook from Pixar-animating, illustrator, author, and Louisiana native William Joyce is as straightforward as iPad for kiddies gets.
The app blends the best of short film and children’s literature to put young readers in the shoes of Mr. Lessmore for a day, a man devoted to caring for his books. The illustrations and fatherly voiceover bring forth the nostalgia of bedtime stories, while the interactive features, and 3D animations bring the story to life.
Engage as much as you’d like with the app. You can turn off the voiceover to read the story yourself, and choose to use the interactive features or not. The story will still flow wondrously from page, to no-need-to-turn page. Even if you opt to play with the features, they are easy to follow — little nudging and explanation needed. If there’s knocking at a door, you tap to open; if a sky is looking grey, you swoosh it blue with a wave of a finger.
Joyce is an expert at infusing old-charm into modern technologies; he helped create the retro toy characters for Pixar’s first CGI film, Toy Story. He made a name for himself with children’s stories like George Shrinks and Rollie Pollie Ollie. In the world of film he is reputed for his work on Toy Story, Bug’s Life and Robots.
Though we can’t get enough of Joyce’s wanderlust tales, we love him for giving us one of the best darn foodie tours of his hometown, Shreveport, LA. (Southern Living, November 2008, “William Joyce’s Guide to Shreveport”). Read "William Joyce's Guide to Shreveport."
Lost your issue? Here’s a brief glimpse of where Joyce eats in Shreveport: Fertitta’s Delicatessan & Catering for muffulettas (318/424-5508); his neighborhood market, Cush’s Grocery & Market; Village Grill for a steakhouse dinner (318/424-2874); and local dive Herby K’s for their Shrimp Busters (open-faced po’boy topped with flattened shrimp, and a secret red sauce).