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ISBN13: 9780399257377
ISBN10: 0399257373
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An homage to everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite.

When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he's determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it's stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that's only the beginning.

Stuck is Oliver Jeffers' most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.

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"In an exuberantly absurd tale that recalls the old woman who swallowed a fly, a boy named Floyd goes to ridiculous lengths to remove his kite from a tree. Floyd tosses his sneakers, then his cat, into the leafy branches, and when they get stuck, too, he fetches a ladder. 'He was going to sort this out once and for all... and up he threw it. I'm sure you can guess what happened.' Each spread pictures Floyd pitching another item into the tree and growing increasingly frustrated: a bike, a kitchen sink, the milkman, a fire truck, and 'a curious whale, in the wrong place at the wrong time... and they all got stuck.' Jeffers (The Incredible Book Eating Boy) pictures the extravagant accumulation in abstract pencil-and-gouache doodles, with hand-lettered text to set a conversational tone. The tall, narrow format reinforces the tree's height in comparison to small, stick-figure Floyd. Jeffers's droll resolution — the kite comes down, although afterward Floyd 'could have sworn there was something he was forgetting' — is testament to the boy's single-mindedness and the chaos he leaves in his wake. Ages 3 – 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Jeffers' light-handed illustrations are hilariously droll....The giggle-inducing conclusion leaves some stuff, um, up in the air." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"With deceptive simplicity and sophisticated illustration, this comic look at problem solving will have wide appeal." Booklist

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"Yields a childlike aesthetic sure to tickle the funny bones of its target audience — and of the adults who share the story with youngsters." School Library Journal (starred review)

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Oliver Jeffers (www.OliverJeffers.com) lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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vr, June 13, 2014 (view all comments by vr)
I read the review, watched the video and fell in love with the book. I will be buying this as a gift for every child I know and for my grown daughters. Books were a staple in our household and we still laugh and discuss them. This book is funny, wise and beautiful in its simplicity. I love you Powell's Books.

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Charley1512, June 8, 2014 (view all comments by Charley1512)
My three and five year old boys dissolve into hysterical laughter every time we read this book. They love it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399257377
Author:
Bruegel, P
Publisher:
Philomel Books
Author:
Jeffers, Oliver
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
12.55 x 9.27 x 0.42 in 1.2 lb
Age Level:
from 3 up to 7

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Product details 32 pages Philomel Books - English 9780399257377 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In an exuberantly absurd tale that recalls the old woman who swallowed a fly, a boy named Floyd goes to ridiculous lengths to remove his kite from a tree. Floyd tosses his sneakers, then his cat, into the leafy branches, and when they get stuck, too, he fetches a ladder. 'He was going to sort this out once and for all... and up he threw it. I'm sure you can guess what happened.' Each spread pictures Floyd pitching another item into the tree and growing increasingly frustrated: a bike, a kitchen sink, the milkman, a fire truck, and 'a curious whale, in the wrong place at the wrong time... and they all got stuck.' Jeffers (The Incredible Book Eating Boy) pictures the extravagant accumulation in abstract pencil-and-gouache doodles, with hand-lettered text to set a conversational tone. The tall, narrow format reinforces the tree's height in comparison to small, stick-figure Floyd. Jeffers's droll resolution — the kite comes down, although afterward Floyd 'could have sworn there was something he was forgetting' — is testament to the boy's single-mindedness and the chaos he leaves in his wake. Ages 3 – 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Jeffers' light-handed illustrations are hilariously droll....The giggle-inducing conclusion leaves some stuff, um, up in the air."
"Review" by , "With deceptive simplicity and sophisticated illustration, this comic look at problem solving will have wide appeal."
"Review" by , "Yields a childlike aesthetic sure to tickle the funny bones of its target audience — and of the adults who share the story with youngsters."
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