Books Family Kitty Reading

Stuck {what we’re reading}


It all began when H got his brother’s frisbee stuck in a tree. He tried pushing and pulling the tree but it wouldn’t come unstuck.

The trouble really began when he threw his ball to knock the frisbee loose … and that got stuck too!

He grabbed their cans of Dr Pepper and hurled them up the tree one by one, and unbelievably they all got stuck as well.

I think Oliver Jeffers may have stalked my teenaged husband.

stuck, Oliver Jeffers, what we're reading

The boys’ story happily concludes with the return of both toys in circumstances involving the degeneration of knicker elastic and the use of a 20′ pole found in a car park; although somewhere in the world six cans of Dr Pepper still nestle into the bristly foliage of a palm tree.

As for Stuck‘s Floyd, well he has to try just a little bit harder to get his kite back.  It’s a genuinely funny book, rapidly setting aside all rules of physics with a wonderful child-like imagination that makes it seem not only reasonable but probable to throw a little boat into a tree to knock down an orang-utan, and then a big boat to knock down the little boat.


There’s a lot of the whimsy that I’d associate with Edward Lear, but with just enough of a fingernail grasp on reality, at least at the beginning, that this could just perhaps have actually happened.


And as her Daddy reads it with all the sympathetic verve only a not so small boy who has also lost his toy up a tree could produce, Kitty thinks it is absolutely hilarious.


That’s really the aim of all these stories.  I know my girls will learn to read in due course, but for me that’s not enough.  I’m trying to teach them to love reading, to devour books purely for pleasure, to see that stories are the window to your own imagination, to know that for every book that you find a bit ‘meh’ there will be a hundred that you can’t bear to put down, and to have a little library of favourite friends.  The day I find them finishing ‘just one more chapter’ under the bed covers by torchlight, or squinting in the evening sunshine peeking around the corner of a blackout blind because the morning is too long to wait, I’ll know I’ve got it right.


And to see what else has been pulled off the bookcase this week, do go and visit Kelle at Maggie Stone and Lucy at Dear Beautiful to see what they’ve been reading.


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  • Katie @mummydaddyme 23/07/2013 at 4:09 pm

    Another lovely choice, I love reading yours, Lucy’s and Kelle’s choices every week and I keep thinking I must join in. Although I don’t think my hubby would be very impressed if I bought more books for the girls- we already have no where to put them all!x

    • Carie 23/07/2013 at 11:41 pm

      You must join in too – it’s so much fun, and I’m certain that there just isn’t a thing of too many books!

  • lucy at dear beautiful 23/07/2013 at 9:02 pm

    This books sounds lovely. I’m already a fan of Oliver Jeffers but hadn’t seen this one… oh dear, I fear this linky is going to cost me a fortune.
    Worth every penny though. I feel exactly the same as you about encouraging a love of books. I never say no to reading a book when asked, just like I never say no to cuddles, or drinks of milk. Some things are just too good for them to ever say no to. x

    • Carie 23/07/2013 at 11:45 pm

      At this age they’re such appreciative listeners too – I think if I can get them hooked now it will be a constant as they grow up.

  • Kelle 24/07/2013 at 7:22 am

    Aww wow I’m a huge Oliver Jeffers fan but we don’t own this! Will be adding to the collection! We are going to have the biggest collections by the end of this 😉 xx