None the Number by Oliver Jeffers

None the Number

Written by Oliver Jeffers
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Part of the The Hueys Series

Baby and Toddler   Summer Reading/Activity    3+ readers   
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Award-winning Oliver Jeffers unusual and delightful family have a typically original approach to counting- including introducing the concept of none. The Hueys love numbers from 0-10. The kind of things they love include 1 light blue phone, 5 party hats, 8 guests on a guest list and even 10 trumpeters walking by. But what happens when you get rid of all the things they have been counting? That’s when you get to none! ~ Julia Eccleshare


None the Number by Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys have an important question about counting in this hilarious new book from international bestselling, award-winning author/illustrator, Oliver Jeffers, creator of How to Catch a Star and Lost and Found and illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit.

The thing about the Hueys was that they loved numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3...Wait! 0? Is 'none' a number? Join the Hueys for a counting conundrum! This witty and lively pictorial debate makes numbers interesting and fun!

The Hueys show a unique take on life – with a subtle humour that is guaranteed to
be enjoyed by adults as well as children.

There are three books in the Hueys series -

The New Jumper

It Wasn't Me

None the Number

** You can download some fun Hueys Activity Sheets here!


Praise for the Incredible Book Eating Boy:

'Mouth-wateringly irresistible The Guardian

Praise for How to Catch a Star:

'If only all picture books could be this good.' The Bookseller

Praise for The Heart and the Bottle:

'Full of heart' Irish Times

About the Author

Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards and delighted millions of kids and parents alike with his beautifully hand illustrated stories.

Jeffers's picture books are wonderfully accessible. They explore themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. He has written and illustrated, or "made", as he prefers to put it, five hugely successful picture books. The first three - the "boy books" - feature a small boy who sets off on a series of daunting quests. How to Catch a Star (2004), the first of them, was inspired by a Brer Rabbit story he read as a child. In Lost and Found (2005) the boy heroically rows to the south pole for the sake of an unhappy penguin, and in The Way Back Home (2007) he rescues a young Martian whose spaceship has crashed on the moon.

The Heart and the Bottle is wholly compelling for the importance of its message and the brilliance of how that is conveyed in words and pictures. This is a book to return to time and time again says Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids’ editorial expert.

Oliver Jeffers

Jeffers was born in Australia in 1977 and brought up in Belfast. He studied visual communication at the University of Ulster, and graduated in 2001. Jeffers became passionate about making picture books when he began to understand the subtle relationship between words and pictures – ‘that was what excited me. Until I got really involved, I hadn't realised how just a few words can totally change the meaning of a picture.’ Now living in New York, he works as a painter, designer, printmaker and installation artist, but remains very busy making picture books.

Did you know?

Oliver loves plastic food, suitcase handles and Elvis, and has developed a bizarre habit of endlessly writing lists he never reads. He remains hell bent on travelling all over the world.

You can see Oliver talking about his artwork in this video:

We have a super set of Oliver Jeffers activity pages to download :

Once Upon an Alphabet colouring in.

The Day the Crayons Came Home maze.

Incredible Book-eating Boy wordsearch.

Stuck wordsearch.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 2 To 4


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

7th May 2015




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