Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. His books include the #1 blockbuster The Day the Crayons Quit; How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, a recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down; and the New York Times bestsellers Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me. The Hueys in: The New Sweater was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
JEFFERS, Oliver. The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure. illus. by Oliver Jeffers. 32p. (The Hueys: Bk. 3). Philomel. Jul. 2014. K-Gr 3- The Hueys are back to teach readers the value of an often-ignored number. Delightfully droll and enlightening, the unconventional Jeffers reveals the importance of the number zero. To make this point, one of the pill-shaped Hueys counts up to ten, giving examples along the way: "SIX fishermen waiting for the bus./SEVEN oranges I balanced on some things yesterday." And, he makes it clear, when you take away all those items, what do you have left? None. And, none is the same as zero. The illustrations, "made with pencils and a bit of color" on large white pages, are deceptively simple and ridiculously funny. This counting book becomes a "seek and find" when all the not-so-obvious objects that have been enumerated are scattered across two pages. An afterword by the author about "none" appears on the back cover--though it will be unreadable if the dust jacket is left on. Jeffers's persuasive lesson will have readers counting up to 10 using 11 numbers.--School Library Journal