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Flotsam Hardcover – September 4, 2006
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"New details swim into focus with every rereading of this immensely satisfying excursion." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"A mind-bending journey of imagination." School Library Journal, Starred
"In Wiesner's much-honored style, the paintings are cinematic, coolly restrained and deliberate...An invitation not to be resisted." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"Wiesner's detailed watercolors make the absurd wonderfully believable...and children will surely love 'Flotsam' from start to finish." New York Times Book Review Notable Book
"The meticulous and rich detail of Wiesner's watercolors makes the fantasy involving and convincing." Horn Book
"Wiesner continues to show children that things aren't always what they seem. Would the Caldecott committee consider a three-peat?" Bookpage
"Wiesner returns with his traditional wordless-narrative format for another fantastical outing." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Top Customer Reviews
A scientifically minded young man is closely examining the various critters and crabs he finds washed up along the beachshore when he's suddenly doused in a wave. When he emerges he's sitting on the sand with an old-fashioned camera beside him. On its front are the words, "Melville underwater camera". Intrigued, the boy plucks out the film and takes it to a one hour photo store. The pictures he get back, however, are nothing a person could imagine. Mechanical fish swimming with real ones, hot-air pufferfish, entire civilizations living on the backs of gigantic starfish... and that's just the tip of the iceberg. The last photo, however, is the most interesting of them all. In it, a girl holds a picture of a boy holding a picture of a boy, holding a picture of a girl, and so on. Our boy gets out his magnifying glass and sees even more pictures of kids holding pictures of kids. And when he gets out his microscope he can see all the way back to the very first picture in the batch ever taken.Read more ›
We're delighted. And we want to encourage her. (Which does not extend to teaching her how to read; we are old, our reservoir of patience is not what it once was, it's better to let the experts at her high-priced school do the job.) So we get her the picture books of David Wiesner and ask her to tell us their stories.
Wiesner is the acknowledged master of wordless books for kids. (All three of the Wiesner books we own --- Tuesday, Three Pigs and Flotsam, his most recent book --- have won the Caldecott Medal.) It's not just that he draws beautifully and that his pictures allow a child aged 4 through 7 to tell the story. His greater gift is his refusal to talk down. His books are challenging. They are invitations to consider the story later, to broaden a child's sense of the world --- or, more accurately, they reflect the ability of most children to dream big and think poetically.
"Flotsam," for example, takes us to the beach. A well-equipped boy --- he's got a magnifying glass, binoculars and a microscope --- is digging and exploring while his parents read. He's so fascinated by a crab he doesn't see a rogue wave rolling in; when it rolls out, there's an ancient box camera at his feet. He shows it to friends, who are predictably puzzled. (Film inside? What, no digital chip?) And he takes the film to be developed at a one-hour photo shop.
Back at the beach, the boy looks at the pictures. One is of fish --- but some of the fish have gears. In another, sea creatures sit on lounge chairs in an underwater living room. A puffer becomes a hot air balloon. A village of shells travels on the back of a turtle.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story, a fresh idea that breaks from the norm of what children's books are like. My kid wants the printed versionPublished 8 days ago by JU
The illustrations are wonderful, I should have ready more closely, that there was no text to go with the wonderful illustrations, my errorPublished 1 month ago by Dot
Beautiful book (both figuratively and literally) that appeals to readers of all ages.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book to my children at least once a week on request. Every story can be different and your family members can take turns narrating the detailed pages.Published 3 months ago by Nick
I had never heard of this author until my grandson received the book earlier this year. I was astonished by the quality of the pictures, and enjoying the story until we turned the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lee Bee
Beautiful artwork that explains the story without words. Not sure my 7 year old granddaughter was all that pleased having to apply her imagination, however. Read morePublished 6 months ago by dakwriter