Flotsam (book)

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Author David Wiesner
Illustrator David Wiesner
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Clarion/Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-618-19457-5
OCLC 71000114
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.W6367 Fl 2006

Flotsam is a children's picture book written and illustrated by David Wiesner. Published by Clarion/Houghton Mifflin in 2006, it was the 2007 winner of the Caldecott Medal.[1] Flotsam is the recipient of David Wiesner's 3rd Caldecott Medal. The book contains illustrations of underwater life with no text to accompany them.


This book has no words, but is told in pictures. A boy is at the beach and finds an old camera. He takes the film to get it developed, and sees photos of fantastical undersea cities and inventions. The last picture is the most interesting, though: it's of a girl, who is holding a photo of a child, who is holding a photo of a child, who is holding a photo of a child, and so on. The boy figures out that he is one in a long line of photographers who have found this camera. He takes a picture of himself holding this photo and tosses the camera back into the ocean; it is carried across the ocean by a variety of fish and sea life, until it again washes ashore and another child finds it.


  1. ^ American Library Association: American Library Association announces literary award winners. URL accessed 27 January 2007,

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Preceded by
The Hello, Goodbye Window
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
The Invention of Hugo Cabret