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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  9,436 ratings  ·  1,002 reviews
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
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Spencer Orey
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
This is so so funny. Wow. It's the old lady who swallowed a fly meets Katamari Damacy or something like that. Unexpected and the illustrations are lovely. Floyd is a gem. Get this and have some great laughs :) ...more
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 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. ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is seriously funny. I can see the oxymoron there.

Illustrations are simply adorable. <3
Dec 03, 2011 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 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
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) 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
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My first book of 2018! And yes, a children's book, but who cares?

I own Jeffers' book, 'The Incredible Book-Eating Boy,' which I often read to my five-year old grandson. We love that darn book, and yes the MC EATS BOOKS! So I decided to check out other books by Jeffers...

This one is also great, where a boy loses a kite in a tree and proceeds to throw things at it, trying to knock it down. (I explained to my grandson that this really happens; it happened to me; and that his grandfather and I threw
Rebecca Brown
Dec 17, 2013 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
Jun 03, 2012 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
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Oliver Jeffers / Readers Looking for Picture-Books With a Surreal Sense of Humor
Shelves: picture-books
When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he throws his shoe up to dislodge it, only to find that the shoe gets stuck as well. Soon his other shoe, a cat, a ladder, and a succession of ever-larger and ever more absurd objects and creatures are stuck in the three, as Floyd chucks them at the problem. When the tree is laden with everything from a blue whale to a firetruck (complete with firefighters), his kite is finally freed, and Floyd runs off to play. After a full day, he goes to bed, haunted by ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
We have problems.

Sometimes we need to look outside the box to solve the problems.

Instead of continuing to solve the problem the way we always have.

Trying to solve the problem in the same way that has not worked.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our 17 month granddaughter loves this and sits still for the whole book which is unusual. Fun.
Mar 12, 2012 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
Kaethe Douglas
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
It's a silly story about the time the kite got stuck in the tree and everything else got thrown up into the tree to knock the kite loose. That's it. Improbable things stuck in a tree.

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Eleanor Abbott
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks1, humour, picturebooks
I love Jeffers as an author and this book has not failed to disappoint! It made me chuckle as you follow innocent Flyod trying to get his kite out of a tree. I love the way it is so unrealistic and children can question all the silly things Flyod decides to do just to get his kite down. The suspense of every additional object thrown up the tree is supported by the beautiful illustrations complementing the free-flowing font of text. Children will have a great time unpicking Floyds ideas and this ...more
Katie Mote
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I LOVED this book! I was giggling away to myself as I read it and I can imagine children all laughing too when read to them. It would be a lovely book to read at the start of term to allow the children to get comfortable together laughing with one another. I love Jeffers illustrations and how there is so much going on, I could spend ages reading and rereading it finding more and more little hidden surprises in the book. I can also imagine the children predicting what might happen next and callin ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars.

This book reminded me of all the things I’ve flung at the trees to get something unstuck from it. :P Took me on a trip down the nostalgic road. Loved the illustrations. What better book could I have read than this on International Children’s Book Day!
Alice Bennett
A lovely story about a boy called Floyd who gets his kite stuck in a tree and goes to extreme lengths to rescue it! I love how Jeffers has used different bright and vivid colours to capture the boy's emotions and how they change throughout the story. ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It all begins when Floyd's kite is stuck in a tree. The deadpan text with silly illustrations work well together and make this picture book perfect for a humorous cause-and-effect themed read aloud. Pair this with Jez Alborough's Fix-It Duck. ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
OMG so delightfully absurd!
Bayan Ashoor
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I think it was supposed to be funny but it failed this purpose or I couldn't get it. ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
It's clever and amusing, but something about the humor here just doesn't quite rise to the level of "ultimate classic." Good Italian Job reference at the end, though. ...more
Ruth Heslop
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entertaining book that makes you chuckle! Some really nice innocent uses of humour that are so funny.
Nayla Feghaly
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful book! Children will learn many words reading this nice book! Loved it
Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
3.5 stars, rounded up.

Another charming and funny little tale from the brilliant Oliver Jeffers. When Floyd gets his kite stuck in a tree, he has the idea to throw his shoe up there to free it. When that gets stuck too, he throws a whole lot of other things at the problem.

I really liked this childlike, wonderfully illustrated book. I loved the hilarious twist which should bring out giggles all round. Lovely.
Chris Morley
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, humour
A book that you can not help but imagine every child in your class laughing hilariously at. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully charming.
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A fanciful, ridiculous, delightful escapade a la the old lady who swallowed a fly 😁 I think you could have a lot of fun reading this aloud to kiddos.
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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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
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
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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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