Flotsam by David Wiesner


Written by David Wiesner

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Award-winning illustrator David Wiesner has created an exceptional wordless picture book with a stunning story that is full of awe and wonder. Exploring the beach, a young boy finds a camera which holds a secret! The camera leads the boy on an amazing and magical under-sea adventure richly told in pictures alone.

A note from the author:

‘I had a visual idea of a kid walking along a beach finding something — something strange or magical, I didn’t know what it was going to be. So that vision combined with a more vague idea, on a story level, of a way to connect kids across time and space, some kind of connection through the ages. When I thought of the idea of a kid finding a camera, it just seemed to work so well because I could throw the camera out there in the ocean, and the story just came together.’


Flotsam by David Wiesner

A 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.

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David Wiesner has illustrated more than twenty award-winning books for young readers, including the 3 Caldecott Medal winners: Tuesday, The Three Pigs and Flotsam. He has illustrated more than twenty award-winning picture books for young readers.


Wiesner’s dialogue and illustrations are clever, whimsical and sophisticated.’ - New York Times

‘From arguably the most inventive and cerebral visual storyteller in children’s literature comes a wordless invitation . . . not to be resisted.’ KIRKUS REVIEWS, Starred review

‘Wonderfully imaginative . . . The pictures are packed with details and each re-reading provides more joy’ - The Bookseller

‘Its playful sophistication conveys a complexity of ideas that linger in the mind long after the book has been closed, encouraging discussion and inspiring all kinds of responses.’ Teach Primary

About the Author

David Wiesner

David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards.

Wiesner generally spends several years creating each new book. Many versions are sketched and revised until the story line flows smoothly and each image works the way he wants it to. He creates three-dimensional models of objects he can't observe in real life, such as flying pigs and lizards standing upright, to add authenticity to his drawings.
David Wiesner lives with his family outside Philadelphia.

Photo credit Peggy Morsch

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th July 2012




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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