Saturday, March 23, 2013

[BOOK REVIEW] Flotsam by David Wiesner

Title:  Flotsam

Author: David Wiesner

Genre: Fantasy / Animal / Beaches

Year Published: 2006

Year Read:  2009

Publisher:  Clarion Books

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 3+ (Nothing Objectionable)

 “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.

* 2007 Caldecott Medal
* 2008 Vermont's Picture Book Awards: Red Clover

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