David Wiesner - Home
The Three Pigs  
Sector 7
Night of the Gargoyles
June 29, 1999
Bookshelf Creative Process Biography Conversations

Winner of the 2007
Caldecott Medal

A photographic journey through the hidden depths
of the ocean

On a seemingly ordinary day at the beach, a budding young scientist makes a fabulous discovery. A barnacle-encrusted underwater camera has washed up on the shore, holding a reel of film of fantastical images that no human eye has seen. Moving cities, an octopus in a lounge chair, a clockwork fish. And yet, there is one more secret, even more astonishing than these surreal scenes: the camera has journeyed not only through the depths of the ocean but through the past, hiding in its last photo a visual timeline of children from around the world.


See the promotional video for Flotsam
In late 2006, Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books participated in the first-ever Picture Book Video Awards, a program created and organized by The Book Standard/VNU Business Media. Students and graduates from top film and animation schools around the country competed to create a 60-second "trailer" for Flotsam, David Wiesner's newest picture book.

The winning entry was created by John Haller, a third-year student in the graduate film program at Columbia University. Produced by Bobby Miller, with animation by Willy Hartland and a voice-over by Sasha Friedenberg, the video gives life and movement to the detailed, gorgeous illustrations that won Wiesner his third Caldecott Medal.

Choose your preferred video format below to watch:
(1 minutes, 2 seconds)

RM, High-Speed Modem (4.9 MB)
RM, Dial-up Users Modem (267 KB)
WMV, High Speed (3.83 MB)
WMV, Dial-up Users (752 KB)
iTunes m4v (5.3 MB)

*“New details swim into focus with every rereading of this immensely satisfying excursion.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

*“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

*“Filled with inventive details and delightful twists . . . a mind-bending journey of the imagination.” School Library Journal, starred review

*“Wiesner offers another exceptional, wordless picture book that finds wild magic in quiet, everyday settings . . . [a] visual wonder.” Booklist, starred review


For more information, visit the online catalog of Clarion Books, a Houghton Mifflin Company imprint.

ISBN 0-618-19457-6


David Wiesner Home | Trade Home
Privacy Policy | Trademark Information | Terms and Conditions of Use
Copyright © Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.