10 March 2007
Author/Illustrator: David Wiesner
In this Caldecott award winner (Wiesner's third!), a boy playing at the beach finds a camera that's been washed ashore. After developing the film, he discovers that the pictures reveal a surreal world hiding deep beneath the ocean's surface. The illustrations have a vibrant cinematic quality, and the fact that there are no words makes the book extremely friendly to the vocabulary-challenged. However, the book does force you to ask... what is this thing called "film"? And if the camera were adrift in the ocean, wouldn't that damage the memory card and erase all the picture files? If not, what is the ideal number of megapixels for capturing a portrait of a mermaid on the ocean floor under poor lighting conditions?
But i repeat... film? Come again?