One warm and windy day Charlie decided to fly his kite.
It took off, and soared and swooped and plunged …
Kites and windy days – is there a better combination? Charlie’s kite flies beautifully before becoming stuck in a tree. Nothing, it seems, will dislodge it. Everyone has a potential solution, but nothing works. Of course there is a solution eventually, but not the one anyone expects. Illustrations are soft watercolours set in plenty of white space.
Stuck! is a lovely picture book. The text is simple and believable and it’s delightful to see the play of a group of young children so beautifully portrayed. The language is delightful. Look out particularly for the littlest member of the group and the assured Athena. Mark Jackson’s illustrations convey emotions and body language so very clearly. Recommended for pre- and early-schoolers.
Stuck!, Charlotte Calder ill Mark Jackson
Walker Books 2012
review by Claire Saxby, Children’s Author
This book is available in good bookstores or online from Fishpond.