Stuck by Oliver Jeffers – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Here is #22 in the picture books that I am sharing for the next 30+ days. These picture books can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage.

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

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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.

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Stuck by Oliver Jeffers?


What can you predict this story will be about based on the title? How will the different seasons affect the items stuck in the tree?


What are ellipses? What is their purpose? The author uses lots of ellipses in the story. Why is this? Create a story that include ellipses?

Writing Activities

Write Floyd’s thoughts in speech bubbles to explain what he is thinking / doing and how he is feeling.

Point of View

What point of view is this story written in? How can you rewrite the story from Floyd’s point of view? How would that change the story?

Alternate Ending

How will all the items get out of the tree? What is the fireman’s great idea? Did it work?

Stuck can be found on Amazon click HERE

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