Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

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Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012.

Delightful chaos ensues when a young boy gets his kite stuck up a tree in this laugh-out-loud new picture book from award-winning, internationally best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers! A hilarious book with a wonderful surprise ending. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Children's Book of the Year Award 2011.


Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws up his other shoe and that gets stuck, along with! a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, an orang-utan and a whale, amongst other things! Will Floyd ever get his kite back?

We do not have an extract of Stuck but you can watch Oliver Jeffers reading from it in this trailer:

Help Floyd find what he's thrown into the tree in this fun spot the difference activity page!


'Children of four to seven will revel in the anarchic sense of humour, and it would be more fun than most for the adult reader.' The Spectator

Praise for The Incredible Book Eating Boy:

'Mouth-wateringly irresistible' - The Guardian

'This is a book that children will devour' The Observer

'This is a magical, beautifully illustrated tale about reaching for dreams.' Mail on Sunday

'The whole thing looks good enough to eat.' TES

'A beautifully produced edition that really is good enough to eat.' The Bookseller

'With The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Jeffers has produced his most appealing work yet, conjuring up a magical piece of fiction that is not only divinely illustrated and wittily told, but perfectly realised.' Junior

Praise for How to Catch a Star:

'The best recent picture book by light years, is stylishly spellbinding.' Telegraph

'Hail to new talent! If only all picture books could be this good.' The Bookseller

'A story about possibilities and disappointments with a triumphant ending, all of which Jeffers captures through the beautifully expressive changing moods of his little boy.' - The Guardian

Praise for The Heart and the Bottle:

'Profoundly moving' - The Irish Times

Praise for Up and Down:

'Full of heart' Irish Times

Praise for Lost and Found:

'A heart-warming story' - The Guardian

'An uplifting story: pictures of such spare beauty, suffused with a dreamlike quality.' Independent Online

'Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story!little children will love to share it.' Carousel

'My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.' Irish Independent

About the Author

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards and delighted millions of kids and parents alike with his beautifully hand illustrated stories.

Jeffers's picture books are wonderfully accessible. They explore themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. He has written and illustrated, or "made", as he prefers to put it, five hugely successful picture books. The first three - the "boy books" - feature a small boy who sets off on a series of daunting quests. How to Catch a Star (2004), the first of them, was inspired by a Brer Rabbit story he read as a child. In Lost and Found (2005) the boy heroically rows to the south pole for the sake of an unhappy penguin, and in The Way Back Home (2007) he rescues a young Martian whose spaceship has crashed on the moon.

The Heart and the Bottle is wholly compelling for the importance of its message and the brilliance of how that is conveyed in words and pictures. This is a book to return to time and time again says Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids’ editorial expert.

Oliver Jeffers

Jeffers was born in Australia in 1977 and brought up in Belfast. He studied visual communication at the University of Ulster, and graduated in 2001. Jeffers became passionate about making picture books when he began to understand the subtle relationship between words and pictures – ‘that was what excited me. Until I got really involved, I hadn't realised how just a few words can totally change the meaning of a picture.’ Now living in New York, he works as a painter, designer, printmaker and installation artist, but remains very busy making picture books.

Did you know?

Oliver loves plastic food, suitcase handles and Elvis, and has developed a bizarre habit of endlessly writing lists he never reads. He remains hell bent on travelling all over the world.

You can see Oliver talking about his artwork in this video:

We have a super set of Oliver Jeffers activity pages to download :

Once Upon an Alphabet colouring in.

The Day the Crayons Came Home maze.

Incredible Book-eating Boy wordsearch.

Stuck wordsearch.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

26th April 2012




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