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Another wildly imaginative Caldecott Medal winning picture book from 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.


Beautiful child’s graphic novel... Wiesner keeps his viewpoint strictly childlike, magnifying the mundane until you see his world in a grain of sand.

Evening Standard

Wiesner’s imaginative and technical brilliance come together here . . . giving a world of details to look at and look at and wonder.

Valerie Coghlan, INIS, Editor's Choice



A wonderful, thought-provoking picture book.

Clare Poole, The Bookseller

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

Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller

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

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

Exceptionally clever, intricate and imaginative . . . Children and adults cannot fail to be impressed


A feast for the imagination and a rich creative springboard . . . Visual storytelling of the highest standard

The School Librarian

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Formats & editions

  • Flotsam
    David Wiesner



    November 28, 2014

    Andersen Digital

    40 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
  • Paperback


    September 3, 2012


    40 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile

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