Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.
"Jeffers' light-handed illustrations are hilariously droll....The giggle-inducing conclusion leaves some stuff, um, up in the air."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"With deceptive simplicity and sophisticated illustration, this comic look at problem solving will have wide appeal."
"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)
About the Author
Oliver Jeffers (www.OliverJeffers.com) lives in Brooklyn, New York.