Flotsam is one of those books that I am dying for James to grow into. A wordless yet lyrical undersea adventure about a boy who find a camera on the beach and develops its strange and exotic photos, it’s a clever twist on the classic “message in a bottle” theme. James enjoys pointing out the sealife he recognizes (like jellyfish and anemones); he’s been exposed to wordless narratives before through Istvan Banyai’s Zoom and Re-Zoom. But he’s a pretty literal-minded kid, and the idea of octopi sitting on plush sofas underwater in a Victorian-style parlor is a little too fantastical for him. Still, if you or your child is a fan of the books of David Weisner, this Caldecott winner shows off Weisner at his best. Giggle factor: absolutely. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on May 31, 2010.

4 Responses to “Flotsam”

  1. For a more fullsome review, see The New York Times:
    And Bookpage:

  2. For other reviews of Weisner books on this site, see The Three Pigs
    and Sector 7

  3. […] Like his other Caldecott-winning picture books, such as Flotsam and The Three Pigs, David Weisner‘s Tuesday takes its audience on a (mostly) wordless voyage through the heights of Weisner’s wonderfully wacky imagination […]

  4. […] this is a book about lizards and paint brushes. Unlike Flotsam or Sector 7, however, Art & Max has words. Funny words. Kind of cartoony words. […]

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