The Hueys in It Wasn’t Me


I’ve just read an online reviewer for a large international sales’ site describe ‘The Hueys in It Wasn’t Me‘ as a ‘farce’. Of course it is! You realise the farce immediately when you enter the fight, before Gillespie asks, ‘What are you arguing about?’

‘The thing about the Hueys… was that most of the time they got along. But every so often they didn’t.’

Oliver Jeffers seems to have created the Hueys as an allegory of the human condition. I suggest in ‘The Hueys in It Wasn’t Me‘ he is considering civilisation, history, or even, current affairs. So often, children, when hearing of battles in an historical context will be completely nonplussed at their origins; we feel the same when we have to unpick arguments and try to find triggers or reasons. We join Gillespie in his complete cloud (crayon) burst of confusion as the Hueys argue. ‘It wasn’t me!’

This is such intelligent picture book making. I have seen children take this book away to explore, retrace, attempt to make sense, share, and read- repeatedly. Again, Oliver Jeffers initiates something special in his wonderful Huey creation.

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The Hueys in It Wasn’t Me

Oliver Jeffers

(Harper Collins)

‘The Hueys in It Wasn’t Me’ is an exercise in blame and honesty. Who did it? Who started the altercation? Could it be Rupert? Or even Gillespie? Well, ‘it wasn’t me’!


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