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The Hueys In …It Wasn’t Me

Oliver Jeffers

the hughesWhat’s all the arguing about? There are plenty of Hueys to go around in this hilarious story from a New York Times bestselling author and artist
The Hueys are back! Oliver Jeffers’ egg-shaped creatures may look the same, think the same, and even do the same things, but that doesn’t mean they always agree. The only problem is, they can’t seem to agree on what they disagreed on in the first place! Which ultimately leads to an even bigger disagreement! Confused? Well, so are the Hueys. Which only adds to the fun and hilarity.

Although I’ve seen Oliver Jeffers’ books and know they are wonderful, for some unknown reason we don’t have any and my girls haven’t come across them. Being given this to read was an excellent opportunity to remedy this situation.

In this story the Huey’s, who usually agree on things, have a disagreement.

Oliver’s drawings are great, they are simple, and yet in no way simplistic. The Huey’s are draw in black and white line drawings with splashes of colour. The argument is a cloud of colour and lines above their heads as they grumble and moan. It’s just how to imagine a row. It also made it really relatable for the children. As any parent knows children fall in and out all the time, often over the most trivial of things. They were glued to the story and at the first reading you could see them checking out the pictures and taking it all in.

I loved the page where Gilespie has asked what the problem is and the Huey’s all stand in silence as none of them can remember what the problem was in the first place. Dare we say so often typical of all of us not just children?

I also loved the way the text was partly narrative and partly speech bubbles, something my older girl who is learning to read also picked up on.

The other thing that I found interesting about this was that after hearing it the first time, instead of the ‘again’ we so often hear, my five year old wanted to take the book off and go by herself to look at it. She spent a good while just sitting looking at the pictures.

Verdict: So a highly recommended book with an ending that made me laugh out loud. We must invest in more of this author’s work.

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: April 2013
Format: Hardback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture book, Humour
Age: Picture book
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: None
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Love Books Will Travel: Oliver Jeffers

What: Book Signing

Who: Oliver Jeffers

Where: Waterstones
      O2 Centre             
Finchley Rd
       London

When: Tuesday the 12th of June 2012

Why: To promote The Hueys in The New Jumper

The Thing about the Hueys was that they were all the same.
Until the day one of then knitted a nice new jumper…

Having had some public transport issues with some of the more recent events I’ve attended I made sure that we left for the event in plenty of time. Alas, I did not do my research properly and committed the rookie parenting rookie mistake of arriving more than two hours early for the event, at a shopping centre with little entertainment for my small people and I’d forgot to pack my usual survival pack( Colouring book and pencils, stickers and snacks)!

What the centre did have was numerous food venues and I do believe that after consuming a Starbucks Coffee, Some frozen Yogurt and a substantial volume of sushi, I  gained a stone in weight form this event alone.The saving grace was Finchley Waterstones. Friendly helpful staff and a child friendly environment ensured that the last hour of our wait was alot smoother than the first! It was very evident while we were their that the children’s department is very much the hub of mother and toddler society in Finchley.

Oliver Jeffers took the time to talk to his waiting fans in addition to signing and doodling in each book! While waiting to meet our favourite picture book author Ava and Seth investigated what else the children’s department had to author while  I had a chance to catch up with the gorgeous Rosi From Harper Collins HQ.
While  The Sniffing Pug had taken himself off for a walk, I did have the opportunity to meet his fabulous person. I urge you to check out Sniffer’s awesome interview with Oliver Jeffers here and check out the rest of his equally awesome blog.

When It was our turn to meet the man himself I did my usual tongue tied impression of a tomato while my daughter took it all in her stride, posing for pictures and giving Oliver hi five’s!

Verdict: Totally worth the wait! I know that our signed, doodled books will take pride of place on our book shelves!
Post by Caroline (30), Ava (4.5) and Seth (2.5)

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Stuck

Oliver Jeffers

Stuck is the eight picture book from award winning author illustrator, Oliver Jeffers.
Floyd’s kite is stuck in a tree. He throws a shoe up to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws up his other shoe and that gets stuck, along with…a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, and orang-utan and a whale who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Will Floyd ever get his kite back?

I think that, in the spirit of openness and honesty, I need to start this review with a confession. I’ve stated that this copy was provided for review by the publisher but perhaps that is a little misleading. In actual fact I unleashed my fan girl, Jeffers worship in an email to the publisher and begged for a copy! I’m happy to report that Stuck did not disappoint.

I don’t want to give away any more of the plot as I really want you to delight in its first reading. This is a story that is full of unexpected, hilarious twists and turns that really will having you laughing out loud. However, this book loses none of its charm on repeated reading. My daughter Ava and I find ourselves giggling in anticipation of our favourite parts.

Jeffers illustrations appear deceptively simple and childlike and yet with a clever use of colour and a few pencil strokes he is able to portray complex facial expressions and body language, clearly conveying Floyd’s growing frustration. I sit in amazement as my four year old accurately interprets these emotions, distinguishing between Floyd’s optimism and lightness when he has an idea and his irritation when it doesn’t work out according to plan “He’s in a bad mood AGAIN!”

Verdict: Jeffers is safely ensconced on his pedestal. The Pixar of picture books, astounding and delighting children and their parents alike- I would happily buy his work even if I didn’t have the excuse of children to buy it for!

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Publication Date: September 2011
Format: Hardback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Picture Book, Early Readers
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Provided by author
Challenge: N/A
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