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The Hueys in the New Sweater (The Hueys)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,052 ratings  ·  170 reviews
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 g
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Philomel (first published April 1st 2012)
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I am trying to figure out what I think about this one. Here's sort of the thought process I went through reading it....

Thought #1: This is like the Sneetches.
Thought #2: What is that thing in the middle of their foreheads?
Thought #3: Wait. Is this an "it's okay to be gay" book?
Thought #4: Is it hair? No--it's a nose. Nope--it''s a nose, but it's weird.
Thought #5: Oop. Is this a statement on conformity and the lack of originality in our world?
Thought #6: How come the sweaters have arm
So the text in this book is funny enough, but it’s the illustrations that make it so fantastical, and it’s the great tragedy of my life that at the moment my scanner is broken and I cannot .jpg the entire thing for your viewing pleasure.

Of course, that might break some copyright laws.

And upset the author.

And then he might not draw me any more adorable Huey books!

So perhaps it’s just as well.

Basically the Hueys all look alike. They’re sort of egg-shaped. And pencil-y. And have a thing for tea, a
I first read this book a few weeks ago (March 23ish). I had to reread it before writing my review to see if it was as strange as my memory was telling me it was.

It was. Strange, very strange.

I'm sort of ambivalent about it, but the fact that I'm thinking about it enough to realize my ambivalence - and the reasons for it - makes me give this book an "I liked it" rating of three stars.

On the one hand, I really liked Rupert and his desire to be a nonconformist, think for himself, and do something
A book my 5 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
Jessica Hottman
The Hueys all dress, look, act, and do the same things. One day, a Huey named Rupert decides to knit a new sweater, but other Hueys dislike that he is acting different. Rupert's friend named Gillespie decides that he wants to be different too, and he also knits a sweater. Pretty soon, everyone wants to be different, and all of the Hueys become unique.

This book is intended for young, elementary-aged children.

The colors and illustrations in this book are simple but very eff
Charlotte Murray
Fantastic book! Brilliantly unusual illustrations and a sweet story line. Definitely one of my favourites for reading to reception age children.
This book is about the 'Huey's' who are all the same, white little bean shaped people. They all look the same, do the same things, think the same things etc. Until one day a Huey named Rupert decided to shake things up a little bit by knitting himself a bright orange jumper to wear!
When the other Huey's saw Rupert in his orange jumper they didn't like i
Kim Vu
The Hueys in The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers is a story of little Hueys that are a little group that all look, think, and act the same. One day, Rupert, on of the Hueys knitted himself a sweater so he could feel different Throughout the story, Rupert is judged for his choice to wear a sweater, and it frightens other Hueys to see someone being different. Eventually, his friend Gillespie decides that he too would like to wear sweater. Eventually, the fear subsides,and the Hueys like the idea and ...more
Wyatt Fessenden
The Hueys in... The New Sweater was such an adorable book with a great, relatable message. All of the Hueys look, think, and act exactly the same, but Rupert decides to be different and knit himself a sweater. This sparks a big confusion and debate within the Hueys, but it all works out in the end.

I am a huge fan of simplistic illustrations in picture books, so Oliver Jeffers' pictures were very pleasant to my eye. The Hueys are definitely unique little creatures, but that is what makes them
Danie Plott
The Hueys are adorable egg shaped beings with Jeffers’ standard stick legs, beady eyes, and scribbly hands. They are all the same- black and white pencil sketch drawings, until Rupert adds a splash of color to the story. He decides to sport a bright orange sweater. Of course the other Hueys, who are all the same, are appalled at Rupert’s flamboyant fashion sense… all except Gillespie. This simple little book brings the big ideas of individuality and trends to the table, and sends the message tha ...more
Kathleen Dixon
This book reminds me of those various teenagers who dress up as Goths or as Punks for some reason - perhaps they want to thumb their noses at the older generation or at authority; perhaps they want to be different to everybody else - but they all look the same as each other.

Maybe that's what this author was thinking about when he wrote this children's book. The Hueys all look exactly the same, and do everything exactly the same, until one day one of them knits a jumper. Shock, horror! He's ostr
TED 8650 Children's Literature

Who gets excited when you get new clothes? (Students raise hands.) What do other people say about your new clothes? (Students share.) That's good. This book is called The New Sweater. It is about Rupert who knits himself a new sweater. You said that people compliment you on your new clothes. How do Rupert's friends look on the cover? (Students answer.) That's right, some of them look shocked. How do their clothes look versus Rupert's new sweater? (Student's answer.)
Stefani Sloma
You can read this review and more on my blog, Caught Read Handed.

The Hueys are all the same: egg-shaped little dudes that all think the same way, do the same things, and look exactly the same. Until one day when Rupert knits himself a cool little orange sweater. Gasp! Rupert is different, and he is ostracized. That is until Gillespie (can I just take a moment to say how freaking awesome the names Rupert and Gillespie are for children’s book characters??) notices and thinks that being different i
Jeffers, O. (2012). The Hueys in The New Sweater. New York: Philomel Books.

Starred review Booklist 2012.

A very funny book! The Hueys (who look like eggs with stick arms and legs) are all the same until the day Rupert knits himself a bright orange sweater. At first the other Hueys do not appreciate this variation, but being different begins to catch on, until everyone is different in exactly the same way. The story ends on the back cover where the Hueys are depicted in full color, and in great va
Bambini Travel
New York Times Bestseller, Oliver Jeffers is back with this delightful read about being different. Here he introduces the Hueys. They are simple oval beings that are all the same. They do the same things and wear the same stuff. Then one day, Rupert knits himself a sweater. To be fair, this is not just any sweater - it is a bright orange sweater set in a predominantly gray world. Regardless, the Hueys are taken aback. Rupert and his sweater garner quite the attention. Suddenly not everything is ...more
Cute little story about little odd shaped egg "people". In the beginning, all of The Hueys are the exact same. One of them decides to switch things up by making a sweater. Of course, he stands out and begins to feel left out. Then someone else comes up with the idea to wear the same sweater and he doesn't feel so lonely. Then everyone gets into the act. Then everyone is like everyone else again. Then at the end comes the twist.
This was a funny story about funny little people. Kids will get a goo
Jenni Heimach
Great for teaching how to be your self and appreciating differences.
Joanna Cheng
The book title is The Hueys in the new sweater created by Oliver Jeffers. The art materials she uses in the picture book is pencil and watercolor. Jennifer illustrates all the characters by using pencil. The watercolored orange new sweater on all the Hueys really stands out in the illustration of the picture book. The choice color definitely interprets the characters in the picture book. Each of Hueys drew in he grey and black looks the same like an egg or computer mouse. It looks like a dull an ...more
Amy Harris
Jeffers, O. (2012). The Hueys in The New Sweater. New York: Philomel Books.

Starred review Booklist 2012.

A very funny book! The Hueys (who look like eggs with stick arms and legs) are all the same until the day Rupert knits himself a bright orange sweater. At first the other Hueys do not appreciate this variation, but being different begins to catch on, until everyone is different in exactly the same way. The story ends on the back cover where the Hueys are depicted in full color, and in great va
All of the Hueys are the same. They are all white ovals with skinny, stick legs and arms. They even acted and thought the same, until one day when Rupert knitted himself a sweater. It was a bright orange sweater with zig-zags and it made him stand out from all of the other Hueys. Rupert was very proud of his sweater, but the other Hueys often reacted in shock and horror at it. Rupert went to talk with Gillespie, who was also intrigued by being different. Gillespie knitted himself a sweater just ...more
Oliver Jeffers' understated and unique illustrations again add fun and flavor to a story. The Hueys could be used to teach many a lesson - individuality, self expression, or a color focus - but since they are all wearing sweaters it fit (pun intended) for a great winter storytime about things we wear when it's cold. An enjoyable choice that gave the opportunity for many questions and explorations far beyond what they Huey's were wearing.
Today concludes the theme of What we wear in Winter so this picture book featuring a sweater is a lot of fun. This book was chosen by fellow librarian Ashley Prior for the Tales for 2s program at Lincoln PL. She admits to a fondness for Oliver Jefferswhich I will admit to as well. His books are always quirky and fun. This one is no exception!
This was book was regarding conformity. It reminded me of those teenagers who rebel against their parents and try to be their "own person," yet end up looking exactly the same as every other rebellious teenager. Not a bad book, just not one I like enough to add to my picture book library.

The characters in this book kind of resemble Ike (Kyle's little brother) from South Park in my opinion.
Pretty simple. All the Hueys are exactly the same, but then Rupert decides to knit a sweater and stand out. Initially, he's not accepted by the others. The Hueys, however, quickly decide that it's not so strange being different. This book reminded me of The Big Orange Splot by Pinkwater. I would recommend this book to children/teachers/parents of ages 3-8
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.

Then, another Huey named Gillespie decides that "being different was interesting," and he knits himself a sweater just like Rupert’s. This gets
A weird book which appealed to me on the recent trawl through the kids section of the library. It just goes to show that drawings can be crude yet still contain heaps of character and charm. Want.

The one big thing that annoys me here is how the hell does Rupert manage to knit an orange jumper using red wool?
Dec 08, 2012 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: K-3rd
Quirky and deceptively simple with line drawings. The Hueys are alike in look, thought and act until one deviates from the crowd by knitting and wearing a sweater. Shocking! Until another decides to do the same. And another and another. Pretty soon all the Hueys are wearing sweaters and all are different now. Well, they all look the same but they appear to do different things now and seem to talk more than eh and oh. And then the first Huey decides to wear a hat... Fun look at how we can be the ...more
Honestly, I can't say why this one charmed me. There are plenty of picture books about following the crowd, and many of them use penguins, of which I am inordinately fond. This uses strangely egg-like beings called Hueys. And where I admire the ability of artists like Mo Willems to create evocative art with simple pencil sketches, I can't even pretend that these Hueys are drawn well in a simple style. On the contrary, they look kind of slap-dash.

Nonetheless, the bright orange (a color I particul
The Hueys are all alike. They are all shaped like eggs, for one thing. They think alike and do the same things. Sort of. If you look at the pictures, they aren't all the best at hanging pictures.
One day, Rupert knits himself a colorful sweater and everyone is shocked! Rupert is no longer the same as they are! They disapprove. But then another Huey likes the idea of the sweater and being "different." Then it's okay and everyone wants to be "different." And everyone is happy until Rupert gets the
All the Hueys look exactly the same, and consequently, they sound and act just alike. But Rubert decides to break the mold for one reason, and after knitting a bright orange sweater, he really stands out from the rest. Most of the other Hueys are critical of his choice, but another Huey, Gillespie joins him, starting a trend. All of a sudden, orange sweaters are cool, and Rupert comes up with another idea. I loved this book and its message about sameness. How boring the world would be if all of ...more
Jillian Heise
An interesting message on individuality and following the crowd, however, was a but confused by the ending - if they're all different by being the same way different, are they really different? Will be an interesting discussion with students.
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Oliver Jeffers makes art.

From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, his work has been exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washington DC, Belfast and elsewhere.
A co-founder of the art collective OAR, their exhibitions include 9 days in Belfast, book and the award winning BUILDING.
Illustration clients include Orange UK, Lavazza, Sony PSP, RCA Recor
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