robo1224, August 7, 2010 (view all comments by robo1224)
People talk too much! People fill up the air with speech. Many books are bursting with words that say nothing. In the midst of this, it's a treasure to find a small volume that has no words at all, and yet speaks louder and says more than many other books can. A quiet book it may be, but it'a a book that will stir the inner spirit out of quietness.
Vibrant pictures, thoughtful imagery, delicious surprises. A book to be 'read' over and over! *smile*
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Patrick Lonergan, July 4, 2010 (view all comments by Patrick Lonergan)
The pictures in Wiesner's story are worth well more than a thousand words apiece, as the story of an antique camera's journey through time is told. The book is very suspenseful, and I could not wait to see where Wiesner was going with a story that I found reminiscent of the childhood thrill of tying a note to a helium balloon and waiting to discover where it landed. The vivid illustrations nearly jump off the page, especially the odd underwater photos and the action shot toward the end when the boy takes his own picture to add to the collection of photos that have filtered through time. The book will delight young children as they use their own imaginations to tell the story based on the illustrations within.
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Kris_VandenBerg, October 8, 2008 (view all comments by Kris_VandenBerg)
For children - or people who appreciate children - or people who appreciate imagination. I have purchased this particular book to be given as an AWARD to groups of adults, and to specific children, and to grandparents of children who will understand that stories can be told - via pictures - without words. The books have been passed around until they are frayed. Congratulations to an author/illustrator who understands that a "story" does not always need words - and that the audience could include grandparents, not only children. I have purchased other books "written" and illustrated by this same author. RISD should be very proud of their Alumnus.
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127highland, February 19, 2008 (view all comments by 127highland)
Like a sweet Vidalia onion, this brillant picture book's many layers create a new visual experience every time you open the covers. David Wiesner's illustrations have won Caldecott Medal and Honor awards and looking through this one alone will have any children's book lover coming back for more.
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A day at the beach like no other! A boy finds an old camera that has washed ashore and thus begins an incredible story-in-pictures. As beautiful and intriguing as any of his previous books, Flotsam is a Wiesner classic — a treat for kids and adults alike.
by School Library Journal,
"Filled with inventive details and delightful twists, each snapshot is a tale waiting to be told."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"In Wiesner's much-honored style, the paintings are cinematic, coolly restrained and deliberate, beguiling in their sibylline images and limned with symbolic allusions. An invitation not to be resisted."
"Like Chris Van Allsburg's books and Wiesner's previous works, this visual wonder invites us to rethink how and what we see, out in the world and in our mind's eye."
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