Board Book - 2011
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When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780399257377
Branch Call Number: JP JEFFERS
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm


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RobertELPL Nov 08, 2017

Hilarious story about a boy who gets his kite stuck in a tree and tries to knock it out with his shoe. Which then gets stuck. So he tries another object. Each one getting bigger and bigger. Much like a modern day "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."

Oct 17, 2017

A very fun book to read! :-)

Apr 26, 2017

A laugh-out-loud book of rollicking fun; be prepared to enter again into childhood's world of imagination.

Aug 01, 2016

This is beyond absurd, and completely hilarious. Clearly if your kite gets stuck in a tree, the way to get it down is by throwing your shoe up there. And then your other shoe. But then what? The laws of physics are no match for this child's determination to retrieve the kite!

Aug 18, 2015

this book is awesome!!!!!

Jul 31, 2015

One of my favorite most ridiculous children's books yet! Thank you Oliver Jeffers. :)

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 25, 2015

Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers goes on a flight of fancy as Floyd throws object after object into the tree to knock his kite loose. After he tosses the other shoe, a cat soon follows. Floyd finally grabs a ladder...and pitches it right into the branches—where it stays. More potential kite-knockers follow, each one stranger than the last.

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sewingmom Jan 30, 2015

One of our favourites!

mvkramer Dec 18, 2013

In this silly story, a boy throws larger and larger items into a tree to try to dislodge his kite -- including a car, a fire truck and a whale! In my experience, younger kids may not get the humor of the story, but kids who do think it's hilarious.

Jun 22, 2013

There is something unutterably elegant about a picture book like this. Full-page but sparse illustrations highlight the movement of our very active protagonist with either no or half-completed backdrops, and simple shapes (e.g. Floyd's oval head, rectangular body) characterize every object drawn. In fact, the artistic style is—presumably deliberately—very rough; sketch-like lines are used instead of clear outlines. The lack of backdrops also allows Floyd's character to almost literally move across the page, from left to right, as if in a comic book with invisible panels. The story is repetitive but nevertheless adorably quirky, with a mix of dialogue and character cameos keeping things fresh. The scale of the objects being thrown by Floyd grows and grows with matching (hilarious) illustrations. And at the point where it seems that he's finally realized some common sense, instead one more thing gets stuck... but at least he gets his kite back.

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Feb 02, 2012

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