Oliver Jeffers

Book - 2011

When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things.

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Picture books
New York : Philomel Books 2011.
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Main Author
Oliver Jeffers (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Floyd's kite is stuck in a tree, so to try to knock it down, he throws up first one shoe and then another. Stuck and stuck. Gradually, he throws increasingly large and unlikely objects at the tree to try to retrieve his kite—all to no avail—and when a fireman stops to offer assistance, Floyd throws him and the fire truck up, too. In the end, Floyd has an epiphany that releases the kite, but he fears that he is still forgetting something. With smooth pacing, Jeffers organizes the action into theatrical scenes, more than once suggesting the climax only to snatch it away and hurl ever more stuff into the burgeoning treetop. The humor is well calibrated to its intended young audience, who will happily grab at the red herrings and delight at the subsequent surprise turns. Jeffers' scribbly gestures and buoyant composition set a tone of whimsical hysteria, while the color palette reflects Floyd's alternating industry and frustration. With deceptive simplicity and sophisticated illustration, this comic look at problem solving will have wide appeal. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Floyd has a problem: his kite is stuck in a tree. Employing kid logic, he throws his favorite shoe to dislodge the wayward object—to no avail. The imaginative hero fetches a host of other items: a friend's bicycle, the kitchen sink, a long-distance lorry, the house across the street, a curious whale ("in the wrong place at the wrong time"). Alas, each item joins its predecessors, lodged in the foliage. Jeffers's deadpan descriptions and the ludicrous scale of Floyd's selections are laugh-out-loud hilarious. As the child carries the house on his head, his neighbor leans out the window, commenting, simply: "Floyd?" Then there is the incongruity between expectation and reality. When he retrieves a ladder, firemen, and finally a saw, readers will surely expect climbing or cutting, but no. Everything gets pitched up, including the light bulb that hovers over the child's head, just before he achieves success. The tree, which continually changes color (and therefore, mood), is a dense, scribbled, layered specimen, perfect for harboring the odd assemblage. The text appears to be hand-lettered, as if written by a youngster. In concert with the quirky, mixed-media caricatures, supported by stick legs, it yields a childlike aesthetic sure to tickle the funny bones of its target audience—and of the adults who share the story with youngsters.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library [Page 86]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Resolving to free his kite from a tree, young Floyd tosses his shoe into the tree to knock down the kite only to lose the shoe as well, a situation that compels him to try throwing an orangutan, his front door and many other outrageous objects. By the author of The Incredible Book-Eating Boy.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From the illustrator of the #1 smash The Day the Crayons Quit comes another bestseller--a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite!When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he's determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action . . . is to throw his other shoe. Only now it's stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that's only the beginning. Stuck is Oliver Jeffers' most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.