Picture Book: The Hueys in The New Jumper – Oliver Jeffers (Author & Illustrator)
Recommended for: Babies/Toddlers/Younger Readers
It’s such a wonderful feeling when new books come into the library: that new book smell, the excitement of what might be inside, new ideas for displays and what to recommend to readers. It’s especially great when, having spotted a cover that catches your eye, you discover upon reading it that it’s everything you hoped it would be.
The Hueys in The New Jumper stuck out immediately with its orange and white design, and its intriguing depiction of ‘The Hueys’, who appear to be a distant cousin of the humble egg. They are all virtually identical, which is where the story gets its humour from. One Huey decides to knit himself an orange jumper, so that he can be different. Soon, all the other Hueys decide they want to be different by having a jumper, until all of them have one. It’s an excellent and humorous take on people trying to be individual but instead setting a trend, brought to life in a children’s story. The illustrations look like little sketches rather than the grand pictures you’ll be used to in most picture books, but I think it works really well, making the Hueys’ similarities all the more obvious.
If Oliver Jeffers has plans for more stories involving The Hueys, I can’t wait to read them.