Publication: November 2011 from Philomel
Rating: 5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I loved it!
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 by Oliver Jeffers is an absolute joy to read. I came across it while browsing my local indie children’s book store Woozles, and immediately fell in love. Stuck was my first foray into Oliver Jeffers’ work, but it was not my last!
In the beginning, Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree. So of course, he throws his shoe at it to try and knock it down. But his shoe gets stuck! I can completely connect with Floyd in the fact that my brother and I roofed or treed any number of shoes (or tennis balls!) trying to knock loose other items we had thrown up on said roof or tree. Unlike us, though, when Floyd’s shoe gets stuck he doesn’t go looking for mom or dad – he keeps trying. Unfortunately, nothing seems to work. And those fireman and the mailman will certainly be missed. The whale probably wants to head back to the ocean, and his neighbour’s house takes up a lot of tree space.
Primary and grade one students love Stuck and are quick to shout out predictions when Floyd brings out a ladder, and later a saw. Hilarity ensues when he does not use either item as intended! The illustrations are wonderfully done and compliment the handwritten-style narrative (complete with crossed out misspellings and different sizes for emphasis). I definitely highly recommend picking up Stuck for any house or classroom, and check out The Incredible Book Eating Boy while you’re at it! Oliver Jeffers does not disappoint.