The New Sweater (Hueys Series #1)

The New Sweater (Hueys Series #1)

by Oliver Jeffers
     
 

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A brand-new series and cast of characters from the mind of Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys are small and mischievous, unique compared to the world's other creatures—but hardly unique to one another. You see, each Huey looks the same, thinks the same, and does the same exact things. So you can imagine the chaos when one of them has the idea of knitting a sweater! It

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A brand-new series and cast of characters from the mind of Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys are small and mischievous, unique compared to the world's other creatures—but hardly unique to one another. You see, each Huey looks the same, thinks the same, and does the same exact things. So you can imagine the chaos when one of them has the idea of knitting a sweater! It seems like a good idea at the time—he is quite proud of it, in fact—but it does make him different from the others. So the rest of the Hueys, in turn, decide that they want to be different too! How? By knitting the exact same sweater, of course!

The first in a series of child-and-consumer-friendly books, Oliver Jeffers proves that standing apart can be accomplished even when standing together.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
First in a planned series, Jeffers’s (Stuck) small-scale fable is equal parts whimsy and skinny-tie sophistication. Low-key pencil drawings, sleek typography, and a smart layout deliver the sophistication, and the Hueys contribute the whimsy. Like the crowd-pleasing minions in the film Despicable Me, the Hueys are egg-shaped beings who speak in monosyllables (“eh?” “oh!”) and enjoy a genial if colorless existence. “The thing about the Hueys... was that they were all the same,” writes Jeffers. Then a Huey named Rupert subverts the social contract by knitting a bright orange sweater with a zigzag pattern. Appalled, the other Hueys glare at Rupert as he walks past in his sweater, whistling nonchalantly. Soon the rest of the Hueys start knitting sweaters, too: “Before long, they were all different, and no one was the same anymore.” It takes yet another daring sartorial move by Rupert to lead the Hueys to authentic individuality at last. The story is over almost as soon as it has begun, a polite salute to liberated thinking that delivers its message with a feather-light touch. Ages 3–7. (May)
From the Publisher
* A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2012 *New York Times Book Review

"The spare but adorable artwork makes this picture book work as a quirky diversion, but it doesn’t diminish the understated, deftly delivered lesson for those moments when kids need a nudge to help be themselves, or be OK when everyone else wants to be just like them."—Booklist, starred review — Booklist (starred review)

"The minimalist appearance of the Hueys will make them easy for kids to imitate artistically, and those who can't wait for the Hueys' next outing (jacket copy indicates this is the beginning of a series) may want to create their own Huey-themed adventures."—BCCB — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Booklist
*STARRED REVIEW* "The spare but adorable artwork makes this picture book work as a quirky diversion, but it doesn’t diminish the understated, deftly delivered lesson for those moments when kids need a nudge to help be themselves, or be OK when everyone else wants to be just like them.
New York Times Book Review

* A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2012 *
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The minimalist appearance of the Hueys will make them easy for kids to imitate artistically, and those who can't wait for the Hueys' next outing (jacket copy indicates this is the beginning of a series) may want to create their own Huey-themed adventures."--BCCB
Booklist (starred review)

"The spare but adorable artwork makes this picture book work as a quirky diversion, but it doesn’t diminish the understated, deftly delivered lesson for those moments when kids need a nudge to help be themselves, or be OK when everyone else wants to be just like them."--Booklist, starred review
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
The minimalist appearance of the Hueys will make them easy for kids to imitate artistically, and those who can't wait for the Hueys' next outing (jacket copy indicates this is the beginning of a series) may want to create their own Huey-themed adventures.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The Hueys, egg-shaped folks with stick arms and legs and dots for eyes, return for a new adventure. They all look the same and do the same things. But one day, one named Rupert knits himself a fancy orange sweater. He is proud of it, but most of the Hueys are horrified, because all Hueys are supposed to be the same. Still, Gillespie thinks that being different is interesting, so he knits himself a matching sweater. "Being different was catching on...." Soon the other Hueys want to be different too, and knit sweaters, until they are all "different" and look the same again. Then Rupert decides to wear a hat. "And that changed everything." On the back end pages we see very different Hueys from those in the front. Black pencil lines "and a bit of orange" are manipulated effectively to produce the Hueys in action. Occasional solid color pages add visual interest but no narrative content. The story's well-developed message is further emphasized by the contrasting front and back end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
The clothes make the Huey in Jeffers' picture-book ode to nonconformity. In what promises to be the first in a series about the Hueys, little egg-shaped creatures with just lines for limbs, the cast of characters are indistinguishable from one another until a fellow named Rupert knits himself an orange sweater. The text plainly states that "most of the other Hueys were horrified!" when Huey strolls by in his jaunty new duds. And the subsequent line, "Rupert stood out like a sore thumb," is delightfully understated, since his oval form wrapped up in an orange sweater looks rather sore-thumb–like. Then, another Huey named Gillespie decides that "being different was interesting," and he knits himself a sweater just like Rupert's. This gets the proverbial ball of yarn rolling, and, in scenes reminiscent of The Sneetches, soon many, many Hueys are knitting and donning identical orange sweaters in order to "be different too!" In Jeffers' expert hands, the message of respecting individuality comes through with a light touch as Rupert concludes the story by deciding to shake things up again as he dons a hat. "And that changed everything," reads the closing text, with a page turn revealing a little parade of Hueys decked out in a broad array of different clothing, from feather boas to pirate hats. A joyful take on a serious lesson. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399257674
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/24/2012
Series:
Hueys Series, #1
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
266,963
Product dimensions:
10.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Oliver Jeffers lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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