The premise of Stuck is simple — a boy’s kite gets trapped in a tree and he tries to get it back. But it’s all the things he does to get it down that lead to a series of silly, impossible scenarios involving all manners of objects, animals and people getting stuck too.
The funniest part is how unexpected his actions are: for instance, when he gets a ladder, instead of doing the obvious — using the ladder to climb up the tree to get the kite, which would have solved the problem — he flings it into the branches where it promptly gets stuck.
As always, Oliver Jeffers’s illustrations are beautifully rendered and complement his text perfectly. A great book for kids who are starting to appreciate absurdist humour.