Author & Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Age Level: 3—7 years
Publishers: Philomel Books
What a fun book! Oliver Jeffers’ Stuck led us to a lot of questions about gravity, vocabulary words and bouts of giggles. “Why is one shoe more favorite than the other? Climb up the ladder silly goose, don’t throw it! Watch out whale, you don’t know what’s going to happen to you!” These are definitely not my comments! The four year olds I read this to couldn’t stop commenting page after page.
The plot of the story is quite predictable—Floyd’s kite gets stuck on the tree and so does everything else he throws to dislodge the kite.
From the favorite shoe to the unsuspecting milkman to the orangutan and yes, the whale, and even the firemen who come over to see what the matter is, everything and everyone gets stuck on this ‘magical’ tree.
The illustrations make the story come alive and the kids start giggling at Floyd’s choices. The sequence of events and the changing colors of the tree engages toddlers too. The ending will surprise adults and kids alike. The children came up with several ideas to help Floyd bring his kite down along with the rest of the things up the tree.
Stuck is a wonderful tale for a read aloud, some vocabulary building, prediction (what do you think will happen next?) and making inferences (why does she say “Wait till I tell your mother”?). The font is a tricky for beginning readers to follow and read independently.
A reading of this book by the author himself.