It’s IMPOSSIBLE to not love Oliver Jeffers. Remember his mustache?!

Well, listen to him read Stuck, and prepare to be enchanted:

I can’t follow an act like that, but let me tell you a few things I love about this book.

1: The endpapers. What a great grid of all of those THINGS that Floyd flings up into the tree.

2: The type.

The handwritten text is an excellent choice for the pictures. The scribbled words have a tactile, lifelike quality that matches the vibrancy of the art so perfectly.

3: The easter egg.

I’m not one to linger on copyright pages since my librarian days are behind me, but check out this little gem straight from the mouth of Oliver Jeffers:

{The art for Stuck was created by compositing various scribbles and blotches of paint, made on small pieces of paper,  all together inside of my computer. This is because I needed to move studios in the middle of making the art, and using this approach seemed like a good idea.}

4: This line.

5: This fakeout mess-up.

6: This spread, that texture, those clouds.

7: That it’s FOR SOMEONE NICE.

Someone like you! I have two copies of Stuck, which is certainly due to having no self-control around picture books and many looming stacks. I’d love to send it to you, and I promise not to throw it in a tree first.

I’ll assume the mailman got down out of that tree in order to deliver it to you.

Just comment on this post by Tuesday, June 12 at midnight PST. I’ll draw a winner with the help of my trusty buddy,, and you can add this to your own looming stack of picture books. It will be a great addition, promise.

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23 thoughts on “Stuck

  1. Looks like a fantastic book. I want to read it ready! I LOVE the handwritten typeface. I never thought to do that for a picture book. It’s so organic and comforting. Thank you for sharing!

  2. From someone who also has no control around picture books . . . sigh. You know you’re only feeding an addiction, right?

    Another element of design might be confidence. In someone else’s hands, this would indeed be a collection of squiggles and blotches. It takes absolute daring and faith in one’s own vision to carry this off.

  3. Oh my goodness, I am SO ENTERING this giveaway! We’ve been getting this book out of the library on rotating three-week cycles. We love it so much! I think the cross-out is my favorite part (besides, you know, the entire story, the stuff that makes me laugh out loud, the last page, and all the art). And I never noticed the Easter egg!

  4. Like the idea of using bits and scraps of paper and the computer magic – helps when you’re moving studios.

  5. Thanks for the recommendation. I think my favourite bit is all the different things thrown into the tree and in the order. Pure nonsense. Perfect combination of elements. I love it! And Oliver Jeffers.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  6. STUCK sounds like a great book that I…uh, I mean my boys…okay, a book that my family would love! I hear quirky PBs are in. This sounds like a winner to me. Crossing my fingers.

  7. I thought this was so hilarious too, but funnily enough my 15 at-the-time- yr old was not impressed (he wants to be an engineer and too much logic is making him B-O-R-I-N-G!). Great choice!

  8. Great post, Carter– you’ve presented this book so well. (And I’d never seen that video before.)

    Since I live in France, I’d have to order (buy) books just to get a good look at them–not everything has a ‘look inside’ available– so you provide a great service to me (and let’s face it–you go way beyond a ‘look inside’!). Some books make it to the library here but it takes awhile & they’re translated. Anyway! You help me with my shopping list! Carry on. :)

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