Rediscovering David Wiesner's Flotsam
I'm just getting back to reading some David Wiesner picture books. His storytelling and art are such inspirations! Flotsam is simply amazing. How he sometimes uses the images on the page as either extension of or a mirror of the reader. How he introduces depth past the flatness of the page to telescope back in time, but also in space in deep-focus layouts. And boy, framing techniques in the hands of master – when the images go back to the old days, viewed with the microscope, the round framing suggests closing the circle and repeating the cycle. And need I say impeccable page turns, solid pacing, clear staging and acting, great story, humorful whimsy, and a beautiful theme of connecting beyond space and time?!