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Finally! I can put words to the pictures. Ever since the Hay Festival back in May when Oliver gave us a sneak peek at his new book, anticipation has been building and I’m pleased to announce the book itself is not a let down.

Full of trademark Jeffers wit and childlike nostalgic writing and thought; this book is fun, carefree and a cautionary tale of what not to do when your kite gets stuck in a tree. Just think of it as organised chaos!

When Floyd gets his beloved kite stuck in a tree, he gets it stuck in his mind that the only way to get it down is to throw things as it. Funnily enough, these things all get stuck too. From firemen, to huge ships; this book will have you laughing throughout. The ending, naturally is hilarious.

This tale differs from Jeffers’ previous stories. Less heartbreak, more fun. But what remains is a beautiful book with beautiful drawings showcasing Jeffers’ inspirational talent and wit.

STUCK

Oliver Jeffers,

£10.99, HB,

978-0007263868

www.oliverjeffers.com

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting Oliver Jeffers. He is my favourite illustrator and his books are always a joy to read so meeting Oliver was a dream come true. I met him before one of his events at the Hay Festival where I was working and I made it my sole objective to make sure I was working on his event.

Oliver was just as charming and charismatic as you expect him to be. You know the pictures of a young Oliver in all his picture books? He’s just like that…only bigger now.

During the event, Oliver spoke to a full crowd about his work, what inspires him and just how he creates his picture books and other projects. He was honest and funny, and one swear word later had a very happy audience of children, adults and aspiring illustrators. And we got a sneak peek of his new book ‘Stuck’ which will be published September 2011.

Unlike previous work which has been a hybrid of mixed materials and digital work, ‘Stuck’ is entirely digital. Oliver said on his next book, he will probably return to a more natural, raw approach.

‘Stuck’ is all about a young boy Floyd who gets his kite stuck in a tree and embarks on a hilarious adventure to get it down. When throwing his shoe into the tree results in that getting stuck too, he has to think outside the box…will a kitchen sink get the kite and shoes down?

According to the press release, the book has a wonderful surprise ending.

A new Oliver Jeffers book is always a treat and I can’t wait to meet his new character Floyd, in a brand new, all digitally illustrated book.

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

HarperCollins Children’s Books

9780007263868

£10.99

www.oliverjeffers.com

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