The Hueys by Oliver Jeffers
What's the Opposite?: A Hueys Book

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The conclusion, finally naming the opposite of the beginning as “the end,” is crystal clear and funny to boot. A clever concept book from beginning to end.


Explore the humorous world of opposites with the #1 bestselling illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit and his band of Hueys!

"What's the opposite of the beginning?" A sensible question to ask when opening a book that teaches the reader about opposites. But maybe we should start with something a little easier? For example, it's quite unlucky when a Huey finds himself stranded on a hot, deserted island—but how lucky it is when a fan arrives to provide some cool air! Oh, wait . . . nowhere to plug it in? Unlucky, once again. Now for a harder one: What’s the difference between half full and half empty?

Stumped? Don’t worry, that one will make a Huey’s head hurt too.

In this funny concept book from the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit, Oliver Jeffers takes us on a delightful ride through the world of contraries. 

Praise for The Hueys in What's the Opposite?

* "Even readers who know the basics of opposites will get their minds blown here, as a glass is considered half full on one page but also half empty on the next. It’s not easy to be so very simple and so very clever, but Jeffers manages in this laugh-aloud offering that will get groups giggling."—Booklist, starred review

* "An amusing twist on the traditional concept book by a beloved master of shape and line."—School Library Journal, starred review

"A clever concept book from beginning to end."—Kirkus Reviews

About Oliver Jeffers

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Oliver Jeffers ( is a creator of art for both adults and children. An illustrator of fine art, his picture books, including Once Upon an Alphabet, have received numerous awards and much critical acclaim. The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, has spent many weeks at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, exploding a wave of success that first began swelling with the bestsellers Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me. Oliver has become one of the world’s most in demand artists, creating pieces and graphics for TED talks, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and album covers. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he now lives and creates art in Brooklyn, New York.

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Published January 12, 2016 by Philomel Books. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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on Sep 21 2015

The conclusion, finally naming the opposite of the beginning as “the end,” is crystal clear and funny to boot. A clever concept book from beginning to end.

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