Book Review: STUCK an artistic picture book by Oliver Jefffers styled in an exceedingly imaginative narrative

Author Oliver Jeffers has won the Nestle Children’s Book Prize Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, the Irish Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year and four of his books have been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Book - STUCK by Oliver Jeffers
Book: STUCK by Oliver Jeffers (Book Review in

Book: Stuck

Genre: Children’s literature

Author:  Oliver Jeffers

HarperCollins Children’s Books

First published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2011


Book Review:  The character Floyd is a one dimensional sketch of a boy created by Oliver Jeffers in this book ‘STUCK’; who gets his kite stuck in a tree to try out bizarre sequence of hurling objects, animals and humans – smaller objects  to shockingly massive objects, smaller animals to animals enormously mightier than him, and maybe out of frustration or lack of ideas he also hurls few people at the tree  to get his kite unstuck … then he seriously thinks again of a bizarre idea which seriously works (!)


Stuck is a short-story book for children, created brilliantly from combining artistic illustrations with creative literature by Oliver Jeffers. A story book with colourful pages, quite alike a scrapbook (to a visual artist this book is valued as sketchbook ) – consisting a mixture of one and two dimensional sketches, the sequence of illustrations are described in the narrative beside each illustration in scribble – much to resemble a book created by an extremely artistic child which attracts to connect well with the mindset of children between the age group of 4 to 9 years.


A comic cum educational book by Oliver Jeffers; to narrate as bedtime story for children of 4 to 6 years and an appropriate reading material for children of 7 to 9 years for vocabulary and creative development, also a valuable resource art book for children who are inclined towards visual art of sketching or painting.


Academic (Educational) Use of the book, Stuck by Oliver Jeffers:

The teacher can mention this book for children of above 8 years to read in the school library with special emphasis on observing the layout of the book.

Follow Up activities –

  • Each child can be asked to prepare a scrapbook as a vacation assignment for the description of their jaunts during the vacation period – children can draw pictures and describe the pictures in 1-4 sentences or opt to stick photographs or selfies and describe the photographs or selfies in 1-4 sentences, of 8-15 pages → Appropriate  for children of 8-10 years; for children of 11-15 years – description of pictures or photographs will advance from sentences to paragraphs, the number of paragraphs can be restricted up to 5 and the number of pages can be restricted up to 20.

The above activity is good for enhancement of –

Emotional and Social development

Vocabulary development

Creative development

Cognitive development,

Development of self-confidence,

Understanding of self-awareness.

Amazon link: Stuck by Oliver Jeffers


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