by Annie Cronin Romano
How will the boy get his kite out of the tree? This is the problem facing young Floyd in Olivier Jeffers’ STUCK (Philomel Books, 2011). Jeffers takes the reader on a hilarious romp as Floyd attempts to knock his kite from the branches by throwing a most outlandish array of items…from sneakers to steamships! Using witty illustrations and clever text, Jeffers turns predictability and problem solving on its head and engages readers in a comical tale of common sense gone awry.
Jeffers, who is the illustrator of the bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit (Philomel, 2013), shows off his writing talents in this delightful picture book geared for children ages 3-7. Check out STUCK if you’re looking for a book to delight your young reader (and yourself). Chances are you won’t mind getting stuck wearing out the pages of this charming story.
Jeffers’ whimsical illustrations and handwritten text caught my eye from page one. STUCK is a strong example of well laid out page turns and momentum in a picture book format.
For more information of Oliver Jeffers’ work, visit his website at www.oliverjeffers.com.
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