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Monday 23 June 2014

Review: The Hueys in None the Number

The Hueys are back for their third adventure--this time a counting book like no other, featuring the timeless kookyness of Oliver Jeffers.

Two Hueys discover the number zero. They discover it doesn't really exist. How can it be defined? It's less than one, sure, but it's also the remaining sum when you have a set amount of items and you take that set amount of items away.

The Hueys explain this by showing us a series of objects from one to ten--always charming, always fun, always smile-worthy. And, to drive the point home at the end of the book, all these things are taken away, leaving us with - you guessed it.

Such as simple concept yet a truly divine, beautifully-illustrated book that will charm the socks off any reader, and endear us even more closely to the superb little creatures that are the Hueys.

Did you know? The Hueys were born when Oliver Jeffers was commissioned to create a character for a mobile phone company. The job didn't end up going ahead but his version of the Hueys (which he'd designed to illustrate 'really boring information') lived on. Oliver says he liked the characters because they were so into the small minutiae of life, and he wanted to explore that in a picture book. This became the first in the Huey series - The New Jumper.

Title: None the Number
Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Harper Collins, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 May 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780007420698
For ages: 2 - 8
Type: Picture Book