Flotsam

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  • Hardcover
  • 40 pages
  • Flotsam
  • David Wiesner
  • English
  • 22 June 2018
  • 0618194576

About the Author: David Wiesner

During David Wiesner s formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.As a child growing up in suburban New Jersey, Wiesner re created his world daily in his imagination His home and his neighborhood became anything from a faraway planet to a prehistoric jungle When the everyday play stopped, he would follow his imaginary playmates into the pages of books, wandering among dinosaurs in the World Book Encyclopedia The images before him generated a love of detail, an admiration for the creative process, and a curiosity about the hand behind the drawings.In time, the young Wiesner began exploring the history of art, delving into the Renaissance at first Michelangelo, D rer, and da Vinci then moving on to such surrealists as Magritte, de Chirico, and Dal As he got older, he would sit, inspired by these masters, at the oak drafting table his father had found for him and would construct new worlds on paper and create wordless comic books, such as Slop the Wonder Pig, and silent movies, like his kung fu vampire film The Saga of Butchula.Wiesner has always been intrigued by and curious about what comes before and after the captured image His books somehow convey the sequence of thoughts leading up to and following each picture, and that quality explain why they are frequently described as cinematic.At the Rhode Island School of Design, Wiesner was able to commit himself to the full time study of art and to explore further his passion for wordless storytelling There he met two people who would figure prominently in his life Tom Sgouros, to whom Tuesday is dedicated, and David Macaulay, to whom The Three Pigs is dedicated These two men not only taught Wiesner the fundamentals of drawing and painting but also fostered his imaginative spirit and helped him comprehend the world around him Sgouros s and Macaulay s artistic influences were vital to Wiesner s development into the acclaimed picture book author he is today.David Wiesner has illustratedthan twenty award winning books for young readers Two of the picture books he both wrote and illustrated became instant classics when they won the prestigious Caldecott Medal Tuesday in 1992 and The Three Pigs in 2002 Two of his other titles, Sector 7 and Free Fall, are Caldecott Honor Books An exhibit of Wiesner s original artwork, Seeing the Story, toured the United States in 2000 and 2001 Among his many honors, Wiesner holds the Japan Picture Book Award for Tuesday, the Prix Sorci res the French equivalent of the Caldecott Medal for The Three Pigs, and a 2004 IBBY Honour Book nomination for illustration, also for The Three Pigs Flotsam, his most recent work, was a New York Times bestseller and was recently named winner of the 2007 Caldecott Medal, making Wiesner only the second person in the award s long history to have won three times.Wiesner lives with his wife and their son and daughter in the Philadelphia area, where he continues to create dreamlike and inventive images for books.


FlotsamA Bright, Science Minded Boy Goes To The Beach Equipped To Collect And Examine Flotsam Anything Floating That Has Been Washed Ashore Bottles, Lost Toys, Small Objects Of Every Description Are Among His Usual Finds But There S No Way He Could Have Prepared For One Particular Discovery A Barnacle Encrusted Underwater Camera, With Its Own Secrets To Share And To Keep Each Of David Wiesner S Amazing Picture Books Has Revealed The Magical Possibilities Of Some Ordinary Thing Or Happening A Frog On A Lily Pad, A Trip To The Empire State Building, A Well Known Nursery Tale In This Caldecott Medal Winner, A Day At The Beach Is The Springboard Into A Wildly Imaginative Exploration Of The Mysteries Of The Deep, And Of The Qualities That Enable Us To Witness These Wonders And Delight In Them

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10 thoughts on “Flotsam

  1. Mischenko says:

    To see this week s wordless picture books, please visit www.readrantrockandroll.comHere s another wordless book from a favorite author, David Wiesner I reviewed The Three Pigs, Sector Seven and Free Fall awhile back I was super excited to take a peek at this one The story begins with a curious boy who is visiting the beach He has an interest in beach life and brings a multitude of exploration tools with him As he s exploring, a wave comes, and brings with it a strange looking camera It res To see this week s wordless picture books, please visit www.readrantrockandroll.comHere s another wordless book from a favorite author, David Wiesner I reviewed The Three Pigs, Sector Seven and Free Fall awhile back I was super excited to take a peek at this one The story begins with a curious boy who is visiting the beach He has an interest in beach life and brings a multitude of exploration tools with him As he s exploring, a wave comes, and brings with it a strange looking camera It resembles an underwater camera He takes out the film and decides to have the film developed at the one hour photo department The pictures he gets from the camera are amazing and show pictures of underwater sea life, including some strange mechanical fish Within the photos he notices something strange and uses his microscope to figure it out What he sees is surprising Follow along in the story to see what he decides to do with it.This book is very thought provoking The illustrations are beautiful and the story is easy to follow This is one of my favorites this year.5

  2. Carmen says:

    This wordless picture book is a delight It is about a boy playing on the beach when an underwater camera washes on shore He gets the pictures developed and puts in a new roll of film Then his eyes widen in amazement as he sees the surreal pictures of what is really going on underneath the sea Robotic fish, aliens, and many other wonders view spoiler Finally he comes across a picture of a girl holding a photo of a boy, who is holding the picture of another boy, and he s holding a picture. This wordless picture book is a delight It is about a boy playing on the beach when an underwater camera washes on shore He gets the pictures developed and puts in a new roll of film Then his eyes widen in amazement as he sees the surreal pictures of what is really going on underneath the sea Robotic fish, aliens, and many other wonders view spoiler Finally he comes across a picture of a girl holding a photo of a boy, who is holding the picture of another boy, and he s holding a picture the boy tries to see as far into the past as he can with a magnifying glass and then a microscope, until he sees the original picture from the late 1800s So he decides to take a picture of himself with the photo, and become part of the chain He throws the camera back into the ocean where the ocean life welcomes it back with open arms tentacles At the very end of the book we see it washing up on some palm beach where a little girl is reaching out for it She will be the next in the chain hide spoiler book is gorgeous, with amazing illustrations and a wonderful plot It has the added bonus of being a bit eerie It reminded me of Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg in a way Sometimes I think wordless children s books are extra amazing Highly recommended.P.S If you love this story and want to watch something similar, try out this incredible 8 minute wordless short by Peter Lewis, which has the same amazing but eerie feel as this book THE CAMERA Caldecott Medal Winner

  3. Forrest says:

    A perspective altering philosophical text cleverly disguised as a children s book Wiesner, through the use of smart story boarding, a child s point of view, and a strong dose of whimsy, provides a tale eschewing the need to stay young But he is not merely pedantic he shows us how to remain young by inserting the reader in the middle of the action, drawing us into the child until we are the child Then, after unmooring us from our adult concerns through the use of a series of surreal photogr A perspective altering philosophical text cleverly disguised as a children s book Wiesner, through the use of smart story boarding, a child s point of view, and a strong dose of whimsy, provides a tale eschewing the need to stay young But he is not merely pedantic he shows us how to remain young by inserting the reader in the middle of the action, drawing us into the child until we are the child Then, after unmooring us from our adult concerns through the use of a series of surreal photographs of seascapes and bizarre congeries of sea creatures including the sea monkeys you remember having been advertised in the backs of comic books as a child come on, admit it, you ordered some, didn t you , he teaches us that everything in the world is interconnected He awes us with not just nature itself, but nature s possibilities This is not a children s book, it is a guidebook, it is a workbook, it is a bible of the imagination Learn it, love it, live it

  4. Hilary says:

    A boy is looking closely at things he finds on the beach when a barnacle covered camera is washed up Seeing that this is an underwater camera he takes the film to be developed Bringing the photographs back to the beach he looks at underwater scenes with very unexpected happenings My favourite part of the story is when he finds a photo of a child on a beach holding a photo, when he looks closer the photo shows another child holding a photo and using his microscope he sees this happens again an A boy is looking closely at things he finds on the beach when a barnacle covered camera is washed up Seeing that this is an underwater camera he takes the film to be developed Bringing the photographs back to the beach he looks at underwater scenes with very unexpected happenings My favourite part of the story is when he finds a photo of a child on a beach holding a photo, when he looks closer the photo shows another child holding a photo and using his microscope he sees this happens again and again I thought this was a lovely idea and I really liked the way he view spoiler took a photograph of himself holding the photo and then returned the camera to the sea hide spoiler The artwork in this story seemed a lotdetailed and refined than the previous book I read by this author

  5. Calista says:

    This book sucked me in like any good book will Lavish detail and a rich plot even without words I am loving how wordless stories can have a lot to say A boy finds an underwater camera that washes ashore at the beach He develops the pictures and the surprises get better and better This was simply fun and entertaining I feel enriched and uplifted.The kids enjoyed this book as well Now they want to take a camera to the beach We don t have an underwater camera and I don t think they quite ge This book sucked me in like any good book will Lavish detail and a rich plot even without words I am loving how wordless stories can have a lot to say A boy finds an underwater camera that washes ashore at the beach He develops the pictures and the surprises get better and better This was simply fun and entertaining I feel enriched and uplifted.The kids enjoyed this book as well Now they want to take a camera to the beach We don t have an underwater camera and I don t think they quite get the difference They couldn t believe each pictures that got developed What a big imagination

  6. David Schaafsma says:

    Wordless Caldecott winning picture book one of three so far by Wiesner, this one from 2006 about a boy who goes to collect flotsam washed up on the sea shore and finds a kind of amazing series of messages in a bottle through an underwater camera he finds there He gets the film developed and there are pictures of two different kinds of things one, marvels of underwater fantasy life and 2 pictures selfies taken by other kids who have found the camera Of course the kid takes his own self Wordless Caldecott winning picture book one of three so far by Wiesner, this one from 2006 about a boy who goes to collect flotsam washed up on the sea shore and finds a kind of amazing series of messages in a bottle through an underwater camera he finds there He gets the film developed and there are pictures of two different kinds of things one, marvels of underwater fantasy life and 2 pictures selfies taken by other kids who have found the camera Of course the kid takes his own selfie and throws the camera back in the ocean Reminded me just a little of the geo caching craze where you find a secret stash with a phone and then also leave something for theories to find.The art is great and the story is simple but inventive, inviting invention for readers

  7. Maciek says:

    Flotsam is a short and beautiful picture book, bound to delight both children and adults alike It is a great book for children of all ages to read on their own and to read together with their older companions.The book is completely devoid of any dialogue which is its great advantage although a few English words on its cards they are not essential to understanding and enjoying the story This allows for Flotsam to be enjoyed by all as it is not bound by any language, like classical music.Th Flotsam is a short and beautiful picture book, bound to delight both children and adults alike It is a great book for children of all ages to read on their own and to read together with their older companions.The book is completely devoid of any dialogue which is its great advantage although a few English words on its cards they are not essential to understanding and enjoying the story This allows for Flotsam to be enjoyed by all as it is not bound by any language, like classical music.The story itself is one to which all cultures can relate it begins with a boy on the beach examining critters and crabs when a wave covers him and his tools a magnifying glass, microscope and binoculars Although the sea creatures are washed away, the wave brought something else an ancient looking camera, with Melville Underwater Camera written on it Upon closer examination the boy discovers that there is a roll of film inside the camera, and he rushes to get it developed when he receives the prints back he realizes what he has discovered, and understands the purpose of the camera.The illustrations are drawn in the horizontal format they are wider than they are tall and in beautiful watercolors The story is delightful and universal, full of wonderful detail and whimsical invention how many of us have often dreamed of finding something which would be special and unique just by chance, to feel the joy of discovery The juxtaposition of imagination and reality is truly delightful, and so is the uplifting mood of the book and it s message the perserverance of wonder in an never ending chain.This is a truly delightful picture book which I m very glad to have read, as it made me feel happy that I also was once such a boy, and in many ways still am By the time I was finished I was genuinely moved by its universal story, beauty and appeal, and happily recommend it to everyone

  8. Lisa Vegan says:

    Superb book that even the youngest book listener will be able to read on their own, as it s told almost entirely in pictures but so muchfun for adults or older kids to read it with them A great fantasy story for kids, but there s also a lot of science thrown in and objects to talk about and explain And it communicates a lovely message about sharing giving Gorgeous pictures And there s a great photo of the author as a 5 year old at the seashore on the back inside cover with the a Superb book that even the youngest book listener will be able to read on their own, as it s told almost entirely in pictures but so muchfun for adults or older kids to read it with them A great fantasy story for kids, but there s also a lot of science thrown in and objects to talk about and explain And it communicates a lovely message about sharing giving Gorgeous pictures And there s a great photo of the author as a 5 year old at the seashore on the back inside cover with the author information section I m telling all my friends who have or know young children to get it for them if they don t already have a copy I really love this unique book

  9. Ronyell says:

    Flotsam is a 2007 Caldecott Award winning book by David Wiesner, author of the popular books, Tuesday and The Three Pigs In this story, a young boy discovers a mysterious camera from the sea that eventually shows him another world under the sea Flotsam is surely one classic that cannot be beat David Wiesner s illustrations are once again beautiful as he draws each character in a realistic way, especially of the images of the fishes doing human activities under the sea The image that Flotsam is a 2007 Caldecott Award winning book by David Wiesner, author of the popular books, Tuesday and The Three Pigs In this story, a young boy discovers a mysterious camera from the sea that eventually shows him another world under the sea Flotsam is surely one classic that cannot be beat David Wiesner s illustrations are once again beautiful as he draws each character in a realistic way, especially of the images of the fishes doing human activities under the sea The image that probably stood out the most was the image of the family of squids sitting around in their living room as the living room is set up like an underwater version of a living room as there are fish lamps all over the room David Wiesner s illustrations take control of telling this story, as there are no words to tell the story, just the images David Wiesner s story of a young boy discovering an underwater world is interesting and creative at the same time as the reader gets to see the human world from a fish s perspective, as seashells take over as houses and turtles are used as transportations Flotsam is an imaginative children s book about learning about the discoveries of new places and in this case, new worlds Also, this book seems to aim for the theme of sharing your discoveries with other people, so that they could experience the same magic that you have experience also I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book and the format will be easy for them to read Review is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  10. Kathryn says:

    Caldecott Winner, and for good reason This is a story told in pictures about a boy who finds a camera washed up on shore and develops some pretty amazing pictures, and a bit of a mystery It s not until the end of the story that all the pieces fit together and it s a fun AH HA moment Lots of imagination here I m not sure how much I liked Weisner s style, per se, but I have to give this five stars simply for the concept