Stuck

Oliver Jeffers. Philomel, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-25737-7
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. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/10/2011
Release date: 11/01/2011
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