The Hueys in The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers

This spiffy little book by Oliver Jeffers is fantastic and nothing less. It’s packed from cover to cover with Jeffers’ quirky illustrations and straightforward humor, and it just begs to be taken off the shelf and read. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but when I first saw The Hueys, I couldn’t help but think “hmmm, this looks mighty interesting”, and get it. In this case a neat cover really does lead to an even neater story behind it.

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It’s All About Being Yourself

The story begins with an introduction to the Hueys-funny little oval folks that are all the same as one another. They look the same, they do all of the same things, and they even think the same. Of course, this is just asking for something to come along and disrupt their days of sameness and similarity, and of course, something does. That something is a Huey that goes by the name of Rupert-a plucky fellow who one day decides to knit himself a bright orange sweater. He does so quite happily, and casually wears it wherever he goes. This, of course, causes drama left and right. Doesn’t Rupert know what he’s doing? Doesn’t he understand that all the Hueys are the same, and to be otherwise is a bad thing?

If he didn’t he soon finds out when the other Hueys react so strongly to him. Poor guy. He goes to his friend Gillespie to seek his opinion in a question “eh?” Gillespie likes the sweater. He responds with an “ah.” Before long, there are two Hueys in new sweaters. Now it’s not so strange. Now, in fact, all the Hueys want to be different! So what do they do? They all make themselves the same sweater, of course.

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Sketchy

I adore the illustrations. They make up like, 80% of the awesome factor for me. They’re done in Jeffers oh-so unique manner (if you’ve read his other book ‘Stuck’ you’ll understand) and are quite simple and childish-skillfully childish though, if you know what I mean. The Hueys are pretty much all just pencil-y sketchy little oval blobs with stick legs and arms, and their environment is drawn in the same simple way. One look at the Hueys is all you need to get sucked into the book and become obsessed with them.

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Who are ‘The Hueys’ for?

This is a book that could be enjoyed by a broad range of ages (toddlers to adults), but is geared towards kindergarten through third or fourth grade.

Overall

I quite enjoyed this book. It’s certainly one of my favorites from the month of May (hence it’s placement on the ‘Best Books of May’ list. The illustrations were great, the story was great, and the theme (being different is a good thing!) is an important one. I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a good, simple, entertaining read. One time reading it is all you’ll need to get ‘hooked on Hueys!’

The Hueys in The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers.

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