The Hueys in What's the Opposite?

Age Range: 5 - 11

A comic visual exploration of opposites, from prize-winning, internationally best-selling picture book maker, Oliver Jeffers.

In this 4th title in the series, the Hueys explore the concept of opposites in their characteristically quirky way. Starting out with some easy ones like ‘up’ and ‘down’, they move on to ever more wildy imaginative examples, guaranteed to raise a smile! Packed full of visual humour, this book will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Book Author: Oliver Jeffers

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Read the other books about the Hueys. Which is your favourite? Why?
  • Could you write a new story about the Hueys?
  • Make a list of opposites (using the ones in the story as a starting point). Can you create a poster to teach others about opposites?
  • Look at the use of inverted commas in the book. Could you rewrite the story in the form of a narrative text?
  • Think of some questions that you could ask in an interview with one of the Hueys. How might they respond?
  • Create a story that has two different (opposite) endings.
  • Use the Hueys Argument Predictor to write a balanced argument about the item that is chosen.


  • Make a list of opposites that are used in Science (e.g. hot / cold).


  • Use art software to create images that represent different opposites.
  • Make a video or eBook to teach young children about opposites.
  • Design a game based on the Hueys.

Design Technology

  • Could you create a model of a Huey?
  • Design a home for a Huey.


  • Create a set of illustrations to show the meaning of different sets of opposites.
  • Draw your own pictures of the Hueys. Combine these with illustrations by your friends to create a gallery of Hueys!
  • Create a comic strip about an adventure that the Hueys might have.


  • Compose a theme tune for an animation about the Hueys.


  • One of the Hueys looks at a half full (or half empty) glass. What does it mean to imagine that your glass is half full? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?


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