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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