Oliver Jeffers, author and illustrator
Philomel $16.99 hb 32 pp
Stuck is a book which 3-to7-year-olds will clamor to hear over and over.
Floyd is flying a kite when it gets stuck in a tree. When shaking the tree doesn’t work, he throws a shoe at the kite, but it gets stuck.
Floyd tries everything to get his kite out of the tree. The things that get stuck are bigger and bigger, including a whale.
Finally a crew of firemen arrive, but they get stuck too. Floyd throws them a saw, which shakes loose his kite, but everyone else is still stuck.
Forgetting about everything but his kite, Floyd runs off to play, leaving a tree full of people, animals and objects.
Time to read the story again, imagining what else Floyd might have thrown up into the tree or how the firemen could get down.