"Stuck" is a hilarious story about a boy, Floyd, who gets his kite stuck in a tree: of course he is determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his favourite shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it gets stuck, too.
The story follows Floyd in his not-so-logical thinking around how to get the kite down: he comes up with many other strange and wonderful objects to throw up there!
Page after page something, or someone, new ends up stuck and each character o object is more colourful and more outrageous than the one that came before it.
The illustrations are fun and original, mannered in a style which looks like the doodles and the drawings of a young child. The word also are written in a messy sort of cursive.
The pages change colour to match the mood whatever is taking place at that time, bringing Floyd's emotions to life and finding a harmonous balance between form and content.
"Stuck" is the classical book that makes the reader laugh, and as the author himself said talking about his own books: "I don't believe they are just for children. I have met countless adults that collect picture books for themselves, and they are growing in confidence about openly admitting this in a book-signing queue. - It's not for my daughter, or a friend's nephew. It's for me. – Exactly!"
The story is great for questioning and getting children to imagine and come up with their own ideas. What's going to happen next? How is Floyd going to be able to get the kite down? The story allows for lots of discussion and open-ended questions, children are fully involved in the story and they will find it so funny to predict what is going to happen next.
The story is left open-ended, allowing for even more discussion and encouraging children to use their imagination!
Finally, "Stuck" is "a tale of trying to solve a problem by throwing things at it".
A standing tree made of cardboard where to stick their own objects is for sure the funniest lab after the reading for the children, who can stuck Floyd's objects, but also they feel free to stuck their teacher, their schoolbag or whatever they want.