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The Hueys in the New Sweater (The Hueys)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,246 Ratings  ·  189 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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May 29, 2012 babyhippoface rated it liked it
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
Jubilation Lee
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
May 17, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, 2016
(Re-read on 10 March 2016.)

I really loved the message of this book. It teaches children that it is good to be yourself and to be different. Really loved the artwork, as well. It was very cute.
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
May 30, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
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
Jun 05, 2012 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
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
Kelly Eggen
Jan 28, 2016 Kelly Eggen rated it really liked it
This story focuses on a group of creatures called “hueys” who have one thing in common: they all look and act the exact same! No one dares to differ from the norm; that is, until Rupert decides to knit himself a sweater, making him stick out like a sore thumb. This light-hearted tale shows that diversity is okay, and true friends will stick by your side no matter what. It’s something most children can relate to, even at a young age: we’re all different in some way, and this book will help childr ...more
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
Feb 08, 2015 Kim Vu rated it really liked it
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
Feb 06, 2015 Wyatt Fessenden rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2014 Danie Plott rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
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.)
Emily Petering
Feb 21, 2016 Emily Petering rated it it was amazing
This book was a cute little story about the Hueys and how they are all the same. Until one day one Huey, Rupert, decides to knit himself a sweater and become different from all the other Hueys. This is an incredibly simple yet intriguing story that children of all ages will love. The illustrations are very simple but affective. The illustrator made the pictures the same way a child would doodle on a paper. Overall, it was such a cute, unique story about being different.

I would use this in a cla
Stefani Sloma
Sep 21, 2014 Stefani Sloma rated it liked it
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
Sep 17, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
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
Oct 18, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Jul 26, 2012 Margie rated it really liked it
Oliver Jeffers is full of surprises when it comes to his picture books. This book, his newest, the first in a series, provides a delightful take on the idea of being different.
My full review at:
Carrie Gelson
Jul 23, 2012 Carrie Gelson rated it really liked it
Found this as a hurt book at the book store. Another Jeffers title can never be bad! Yippee! Think students will really appreciate. Mine seems to be the British version as it is the new "jumper" not "sweater"
Bambini Travel
Dec 15, 2014 Bambini Travel rated it really liked it
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
Feb 07, 2014 Jocelin rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2015 Jenni Heimach rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-jv
Great for teaching how to be your self and appreciating differences.
Becky B
The Hueys pretty much do everything the same and look the same. That is until one of them decides to knit himself a jumper (sweater). At first the others have mixed reactions to this change, but soon it catches on until everyone is different.

As per the norm, the Hueys are not quite brainiacs and thus easily provide entertainment in their antics. The illustrations are simple, but definitely work for this series. It does provide an interesting conversation starter, if everyone tries to be differen
I think the kids would rate this lower, but I still like the story behind it of not being afraid to something different from the rest of the crowd. Another similar book would be Stephanie's Ponytail, which is another one of my favorites. The drawings might've been a bit too small, or the pencil lines too thin to be distinguishable from a distance (a rather large group of them). It couldn't hold their attention.
Joanna Cheng
Sep 27, 2013 Joanna Cheng rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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
Dec 09, 2014 Amy Harris rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
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
Feb 26, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 25, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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!
Gail Gauthier
May 12, 2016 Gail Gauthier rated it it was amazing
"The thing about the Hueys is they're thumb people. Come on. No one notices that? Or maybe they're bean people. But for such unsophisticated bodies, they have sophisticated issues related to uniformity and getting along. There is some humor here, but the books are also thinkers."

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Oliver Jeffers' work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, and HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his award-winning picture books, now translated into over 30 languages.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day, and in 2008 Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London-based Studio AKA.

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