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From the illustrator of the #1 smash The Day the Crayons Quit comes another bestseller--a giggle-inducing tale of 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 cours
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 10th 2011 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Maggie Stiefvater
We've had this one for awhile, but tonight I read it with the wee maggots again and realized I had never recommended it to others.

It's like black-humor-for-babies. It's not really dark in the slightest, but it subverts typical moralistic picture books in a way that my kids find hilarious — they love that the narrator never makes the good choice.
Feb 08, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was ok
I didn't really "get" this one, I'm afraid. The humor didn't amuse me, and I felt so annoyed with the boy for being selfish and irresponsible. I know it's supposed to be outrageous and unrealistic, and funny, but I guess it just didn't work for me... I did find some humor in the illustrations, but I have to agree with other reviewers here who found the cursive-like style of the writing a bit difficult to read and don't think this would be the best book for a child learning to read.
Quang Khuê
Jun 05, 2016 Quang Khuê rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Đọc cuốn này cũng... ở tiệm Kafka 54/2 Nguyên Cư Trinh, Q1. Lạy trời, mình có khi thành vua đọc cọp của cái tiệm này rồi. Đọc một lần 5 cuốn luôn. Thành "dua" đọc cọp nó mất rồi. Haha.

Cuốn này rất khủng, không khéo gọi là siêu phẩm chứ chẳng chơi.

Cuốn này có mèo, có cá doi, có xe cứu hỏa và các chú cứu hỏa và tá lả các thứ có khác.


Có một cái kết kinh khủng khiếp dữ dội và mộng mơ đến tan hết cả bơ.

Như một giấc mơ.

Dec 03, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it
I am so, so disappointed in this book. I read a pre-pub review and thought it sounded really cute, possibly even storytime material. However, although the premise is great, the pictures and more importantly the text are not. The font used for the book is a pseudo-handwritten script, which is not only indecipherable to children, but also pretty hard to make out as an adult. It was really frustrating to try to read even with it in front of me, and I can't imagine trying to make it out at an angle ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Alan rated it it was amazing
Clare (my wife) is an infant teacher, but she's recently been tasked with setting up and stocking the library, so she occasionally brings home books to show me. The ones she thinks I'll like. For example The Red Tree. This time it was two Oliver Jeffers' books (this one and The Incredible Book Eating Boy). I have to say they are just about perfect. Funny, silly, delightful and addictive. In this one a boy gets his kite stuck up a tree and throws a shoe to dislodge, but the shoe gets stuck as wel ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Jami rated it really liked it
Audience: This is a fantastic book for kids who like funny, silly stories. It is great for kids who like to read for humor as well as for teachers looking for a book to teach the reading strategy of making predictions. It would also be a great choice for a teacher looking for a book to use as a spring board for a fun writing assignment or a lesson on problem and solution. The larger size and non-conventional printing of the text as well as the strong illustration to text correlation would make i ...more
Rebecca Brown
Dec 17, 2013 Rebecca Brown rated it it was amazing
Stuck is a hilarious little story about a boy, Floyd, who gets his kite stuck up in a tree. The story follows Floyd in his not-so-logical thinking around how to get the kite down. Firstly by throwing his shoe, and yes, that does get stuck too, he comes up with many other strange and wonderful objects to throw up there!

I came across this book whilst working in a Reception class in school. The class teacher had decided to read it to the children before lunchtime and they absolutely loved it; it wa
Lisa Vegan
What makes this story funny is its ludicrousness. I enjoyed the cumulative nature of the story, and loved the fact that Floyd’s favorite shoe is his left shoe. It is pretty amusing all that’s needed to retrieve a kite from a tree. I do wish the ending had been different though. I expected certain things to follow the kite coming out of the tree and they did not happen, so: weird ending, one that I didn’t really enjoy but think young kids will get a kick out this book. The font is strange (more d ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Find more of my picture book reviews here:

I've been a fan of Oliver Jeffers's picture books since I interned for his publisher, Philomel, in 2008. Stumbling across his books while organizing their book closet, I was instantly drawn to his unique art style. But what made me a die-hard fan were his incredibly inventive stories and his lovable (and often hilarious) characters. Jeffers's books are like Pixar movies. They are charming, visually stunning, and although I
Mar 12, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I adore Oliver Jeffers! But it makes me sad to say this outing was a disappointment.

I loved the idea of the book and determination of the young boy trying to get the stuck kite down. I mean who hasn’t gotten a ball, kite, kitten, or kid stuck up in a tree? Hehe…

The story’s pace and language felt stifling and sluggish at times to me though. Just when I thought the energy or flow would pick up, a word or picture would clog up the tale again almost making a reader stumble or back track a bit.

My big
Dec 20, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, picturebooks
Nice cumulative tale. I like the set-ups: he didn't get a ladder to climb up or a saw to cut down, but both to toss into the tree along with everything else. I liked this exchange: "The fireman stopped by to see if they could help at all. "Can we help at all?" Silly.

I like the shadowy tail of the whale sticking up out of the tree into the nighttime sky as Floyd lies in bed, and I really like the last page, with the firefighter saying, "Hang on a minute, lads, I've got a great idea." Especially
Jul 20, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This book was our introduction to Jeffers and we loved him. An appealing book about a boy who gets his kite stuck up in the tree and has to find various ways to get it out, most of them pretty silly, which had all my kids laughing and shaking their heads. The only down side, if you even consider it one, to this book would be the writing is done in a kind of half printing/half cursive kind of scrawl, that is supposed to make it more authentic but makes it difficult for a beginner reader to read. ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Morgan rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2015
I love you, Oliver Jeffers.
Big Book Little Book
Nov 15, 2011 Big Book Little Book rated it it was amazing
I think that, in the spirit of openness and honesty, I need to start this review with a confession. I’ve stated that this copy was provided for review by the publisher but perhaps that is a little misleading. In actual fact I unleashed my fan girl, Jeffers worship in an email to the publisher and begged for a copy! I’m happy to report that Stuck did not disappoint.

I don’t want to give away any more of the plot as I really want you to delight in its first reading. This is a story that is full of
N. Hyett
Mar 09, 2014 N. Hyett rated it really liked it
Stuck, is a story about a boy who gets his kite stuck in a tree, to try and get his kite down he throws his shoes into the tree unsurprisingly that gets stuck too. As the boy becomes more determined to get his kite and shoes back he throws bigger and bigger items into the tree including a whole fire engine and crew as well as a big whale. At some point there is so much stuff in the tree the kite come free and the boy is happy. Then during the night the boy is sure he has forgotten something. Thi ...more
Brianna Smith
Oct 12, 2015 Brianna Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers is a fiction read aloud enjoyable for all ages. Throughout the story Floyd is determined to get his kite out of a tree. Floyd first tries to knock the kite down with his shoe, and oddly enough the shoe also gets stuck in the tree. Floyd’s next logical step is to use his other shoe to knock it down. Readers continue to follow Floyd’s journey to get his kite unstuck as he uses an orangutan, a boat, even his front door.

Stuck is a WOW book for me because it had me and my stu
Ha ha! This was outright silliness, and I loved it! Just what I needed right now. And the ending was wonderful. The text is written in cursive, making it hard for an early reader in a read-alone. But a lap-read would be great. And storytime for school-age would be fabulous. (Especially with that ending!) I think the older kids in a preschool group would get it, too, because while a lot is happening and they may miss a few things in the pictures that they'd get from a lap-read, they would still g ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
What do you do if your kite gets stuck in a tree? Throw something else at it and hopefully the kite will dislodge, right? This book by Oliver Jeffers explores the stickiest tree in history; everything gets stuck in it, including the kitchen sink.

I did not enjoy this book as much as previous books by Jeffers. It is a funny story but the boy does not really LEARN anything; he just continues to try the same method over and over again (throwing things into the tree) in the hope that the outcome will
May 30, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree he is determined to get it down. He begins with throwing his shoe at the kite but unfortunately that gets stuck too. The story then continues into an amusing tale of Floyd’s mission to get his kite back. He throws everything he can think of at the tree to knock out his kite but inevitably they all get stuck one after another. The tree is eventually so full after a boat, a ship, a whale, a fire engine and two firemen that the kite falls out. Once the kite fa ...more
Stefani Sloma
Sep 21, 2014 Stefani Sloma rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
You can read this review and more on my blog, Caught Read Handed.

Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, so he decides to try to get it down by throwing his shoe at it. But that gets stuck too, so he throws his other shoe. And on and on it goes until it seems everything that he could possibly throw at it is stuck in the tree as well, including his front door and a boat and an orangutan.

Another one of Jeffers’ books that is chock full of humor. You just keep wondering what else Floyd could possibly g
Wow, this book was silly and absurd.

Our main character is kiting, and suddenly his kite gets stuck in a tree. So what do you do? Well normally one would get a parent or a ladder to get said kite out of the tree. Not our main character, no he throws his favourite shoe at the kite, only to find that that one is stuck too, and thus he throws another thing, and then again another thing and even more things at the tree, until there is no logic any more. Everything ends up in the tree.

It was just abs
Oct 16, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, picture-book
When his kite becomes stuck in a tree, Floyd cannot figure out anything to do other than to throw things at it in order, presumably, to knock it out of the tree. First, he throws his favorite shoe, then his other shoe, then the cat, but each of those objects simply becomes stuck in the tree as well. The objects he uses grow larger and more ridiculous, page by page, until there's a car, a neighbor's house, even a whale in the tree. When he finally solves the problem--and I was SO sure he was goin ...more
Sandy Brehl
Aug 26, 2012 Sandy Brehl rated it really liked it
Shelves: pb-fiction, fantasy, humor
A little boy's kite is stuck in a tree- realistic. Throwing a shoe at it, which gets stuck-still realistic. From that point on the exaggeration ensues and continues into absurdity- which should make kids and adults shake with laughter. It's especially funny when he appears to be on the right track, then surprises: he finds a ladder, then throws it up into the tree, he finds a saw, then throws it up into the tree.
It's worth noting that the font/text is a mix of print and script, as "approximate"
Oct 22, 2015 Weng rated it it was amazing
5/5.0 stars

I love kids and I love books so I read children's picture books on occasion. And also because I don't like to limit a book's potential. Just because it has more pictures in them than words and it doesn't make your nose bleed from it's choice of vocabulary doesn't make it less of a gem. There is beauty in simple things.

Stuck is funny, innocent and lovely. Folks, this is an enjoyable read for your kids! Yes, thank you, more please, Mister Oliver Jeffers.
Nov 12, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
My first read-aloud with third grade is always Oliver Jeffers' The Incredible Book Eating Boy. It lends itself to discussions about all the books they will read throughout the year, the importance of moderation, and the awesomeness of Oliver Jeffers.

In Jeffers' latest picture book, Stuck, poor Floyd's red kite is stuck in a tree. What's Floyd to do? Hurl items at the kite, of course! He tosses everything (including the kitchen sink) up in the tree trying to rescue it. Will Floyd's kite ever beco
Jun 09, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
While I really liked Jeffers' book "The Incredible Book Eating Boy," I didn't care for this book as much. After everything was getting stuck, it was monotonous and even my oldest who is 5 commented, "Mom, can he just go get a chainsaw and cut the tree down so that he can get everything out? This is nuts what he's doing!" I also have a concern about the cursive writing for the text. This isn't going to be something that smaller children will be able to try and read if they haven't had cursive yet ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Laura5 rated it really liked it
My 3yr old really got into predicting that things would get stuck when I read this aloud to her.

I would love to use this when talking about predicting with students. Kids would get a kick out of making predictions with the twist at the end.

My only problem with the book is the handwritten text. I'm a grownup, and I struggled with it at points.
It looks very appealing when considered as a piece of art. But it is not as practical when it comes to reading it, or having young ones be able to read it o
Aug 05, 2016 Tia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-terry
Cute and hilarious. I did not find the font difficult to read at all. I read it to my son on a daily basis, and I want more books by this author.

Updated to say... This book was in storage here in Honolulu the past year, while we were in the Pacific Northwest. I forgot how much my son and I LOVE this! I just ordered a few more books on Amazon by the author. It's rare to find such a humorous book for children, one that isn't trying to impart morals.
Courtney Angelo
This book has a silly tone, and is an enjoyment to all ages. I was really intrigued on whether or not Floyd would successfully get his kite out of the tree. What makes the book so silly is that Floyd throws everything into the tree that he can find, trying to get the other objects unstuck. I think the book shows a lot of logic to a young child; they can ask themselves what would have been a better solution and what they would have done to fix the problem. Definitely a fun read!
Like all of Jeffers books, one must suspend belief when reading, because really, not all the things pictured at the end of the book could possibly get "stuck" in a tree. The illustrations seem like quick sketches, almost happening as the story is read. It's a great book for anticipation as a young boy first gets his kite stuck, then tries to unstick it with a shoe, then with the other shoe, then, and then. After this book, the search was on for more funny books!
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Oliver Jeffers' work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, and HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his award-winning picture books, now translated into over 30 languages.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day, and in 2008 Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London-based Studio AKA.

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