Ready to discover (or rediscover) one of the most unique, imaginative and talented children’s book author/illustrators of all time? If so, turn your attention to the works of David Wiesner. Born and raised in Bridgewater, NJ, and now residing in Chestnut Hill, PA, Wiesner is a three-time Caldecott Medal winner (1992’s Tuesday, 2002’s The Three Pigs and 2007’s Flotsam) and a three-time Caldecott Honor recipient (1988’s Free Fall, 1999’s Sector 7, and 2013’s Mr. Wuffles!)
Earlier this year, Fish Girl, his first foray into the world of graphic novels was released. Created with renowned author Donna Jo Napoli, Fish Girl tells the story of a young mermaid’s path of self-discovery and an unlikely friendship with a human girl. Employing the sea creatures Wiesner paints so magnificently, Fish Girl is an excellent gateway read to his other works, many of which are wordless, relying on the fantastical artwork to tell the story.
What are you waiting for? Stop reading this and start reading something of his! BCLS owns multiple copies of Wiesner’s major works (and even some of his earlier, lesser-known collaborations). So place those requests, get to your local branch, member library, or mailbox, and tickle your imagination with the works of a master: David Wiesner.