Preschool-Grade 1. The Hueys (first introduced in The Hueys
in the New Sweater, 2012) are back—in a bigger format and with a new quandary.
The opening endpapers show our round, resolute friends having a conversation
about how to address a pesky fly (the conversation, in typical Jeffers fashion,
happens in pictures, not words). The story continues with five differently
colored Hueys enthusing about all manner of flying objects, but soon, out of
nowhere, discord arrives and an argument ensues. Just when things are at their
most out of control, Gillespie Huey asks what everyone is fighting about. No one
knows, so they decide to go look at a dead fly, content and collegial once more.
Jeffers is a master of this sort of wry humor, with his deeply expressive
gestures; generous, empty backgrounds; and quirky charm. The explosion of the
argument—and stillness of the solution—resonates on just the right frequency,
distilling complex emotion into something manageable and entertaining. Kids will
recognize themselves here, over and over again.