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The Way Back Home Hardcover – April 10, 2008

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In this childlike fantasy, a boy finds an airplane and takes it out for a ride—to the moon, where it runs out of fuel. Just as his flashlight grows dim, a spaceship crashes, and a Martian climbs out. Initially, each fears the other, but they quickly become fast friends. Soon they’re carrying out a splendid plan to repair their spacecraft and get back to their homes. Children who know Jeffers’ Lost and Found (2006) and How to Catch a Star (2004) may recognize the distinctive figure of the boy, with his large head, sticklike legs, and striped shirt, and catch other visual references to the earlier books. Economy of line in both text and pictures combine with Jeffers’ flair for storytelling to create plenty of fine, original scenes. The deadpan text is well matched by the slightly quirky pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, which make great use of color and composition on the large, double-page spreads. An imaginative space adventure for young children. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan

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Jeffers's latest tale [is charming]. The space theme [and the] illustrations will please every young, imaginative adventurer. -- Kirkus

The message that friends are friends whether they are near or far comes through in a warm, amusing manner. -- School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250743
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oliver Jeffers is an artist, designer, illustrator and writer from Northern Ireland.

From figurative painting, collage and installation to illustration and award winning picture-books, Oliver Jeffers practice takes many forms.

His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Brooklyn Museum New York.

HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, now translated into over 30 languages, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and the New York Times Bestseller This Moose Belongs to Me and #1 New York Times Bestseller The Day The Crayons Quit.

Oliver won an Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative  work with artist and filmmaker Mac Premo. He has made art for Newsweek, The New York Times, United Airlines, TED, Nintendo, and has illustrated a a number of novels.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day.

Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London based Studio AKA, screening on Christmas Eve 2008 on Channel 4 in the UK and on Nickelodeon in the US and Australia.

In 2013, Jeffers illustrated the vinyl cover (a drawing of Nelson Mandela) for the U2 song "Ordinary Love". Jeffers also co-directed (with Mac Premo) the video for the U2 song "Ordinary Love".

Oliver was born in Port Hedland, Australia, grew up and was educated in Belfast Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

www.oliverjeffers.com
www.oliverjeffersworld.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle Menendez Rodriguez on February 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a fourth grade teacher I constantly look for literature that will not only satisfy and amaze my children's reader but also the author in them. This story glorifies a child's imagination in play, he goes about his day in a matter-of-fact manner, of course he has a plane in his closet that he had forgotten about. As the story progresses there is a complete page where Jeffers offers only expresssions for what child and martian are discussing and planning. This is an excellent opportunity that my students all wanted to take in writing what was going on between the two. They created their own comic strips for these images and boy were they funny! Few picture books leave the ending open like The Way Back Home does. This provided my kiddos with the offering of creating a sequel to this story. As a parent, you will love this book, it is very satisfying for kids and kids at heart and the opportunities for discussion and play come naturally! I suggest all of Jeffers books and little by little we are making a classroom library of his titles, which luckily are being translated into other languages! Your child will come back to this one over and over again!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Orla-Bukowski on February 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The best thing about this book and all of Oliver Jeffers' books is that they are so approachable for children (I think) of all ages, and for adults. You know how you don't get tired reading and re-reading some books for your kids - this book, (as well as all of Jeffers' books) is sublime, imaginative, funny, whimsical, philosophical and a joy to look at. Like the books that are classics, this one belongs in that category. Thank you Mr Jeffers!! I can't wait to see what you come up with next!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I got this book because I loved his LOST AND FOUND. His illustration style is very lovely for adults as well, and it is wonderful to study every detail rather than reading it and moving on to the next page. There are little delightful details in the gestures, etc. The penguin even makes a cameo appearance! I loved LOST AND FOUND and HOW TO CATCH A STAR more for the story. The boy seems less like a boy in this book, and while it was whimsically funny for him to find the plane in his closet and put on his aviator outfit and fly, I preferred the more intimate stories of the other two books mentioned. There is more playfulness in this story, so one could say that the boy is more like a highly imaginative boy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Earth Mom on June 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love this book and author. The story is so cute and simple with great drawings. My 4-year-old loves the subject matter of the boy who travels to the moon and back. The boy and the martian show great team work, with some silliness.
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Format: Hardcover
Jeffers uses mixed media (but still features the watercolor paintings that I love) to bring the boy's imagination to life in this new book. One day the boy was putting things back in his closet and he found a life sized airplane. (I never found stuff like this in my closet... granted I never really put my things away either.)

He takes it out for a spin and of course it's a perfect lift off. The boy soars as high as he can before his place runs out of fuel. "Now the boy was stuck on the moon. What was he to do?"

He was alone and afraid, but he didn't know that high above him somebody else was in trouble too. Martian's engine had broken and he crash landed his flying saucer on the moon. "The boy heard noises. The Martian heard noises. They both feared the worst."

Eventually their eyes got used to the dark and both the boy and the Martian realized that not only had the met someone else in trouble, but they weren't alone anymore. They worked out a plan to fix their machines and get back to their respective homes.

The boy dropped down into the sea (because the Earth was closest) and he swam home. By the time he got home he was tired, so he rested a bit. And then his favorite TV show came on, so he rested a bit more. All this time the poor Martian is waiting alone in the dark. In the middle of his favorite show the boy remembered what he was supposed to be doing. He ran off and got what he needed and climbed to higher ground. He called out to the Martian and a rope was lowered.

They fixed each other's ships, said good-bye and thank you, and wondered if they'd ever meet again. A little while later the boy receives a walkie talkie in the mail.

The Way Back Home is another lovely and whimsical picture book from Oliver Jeffers.
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By Vivek Tejuja on August 9, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Reading an Oliver Jeffers book is a treat, for both children and adults. I love them. His stories comfort me. The illustrations make me happy and mostly if any sort of art form can do that, then it is meant for you.

A boy like any other boy finds an airplane and decides to fly. He flies higher and higher and higher till he is space and runs out of fuel. What happens then? He lands on the moon and it is dark and lonely on the moon and he cannot think of a way of getting back home.

In all of this he meets another one who is lost on the moon just like him – it turns out to be a Young Martian. The Martian is apprehensive of the boy initially and so is the boy of the Martian.

The story unfolds as they trust each other and eventually find a way back home.

The book is a children’s book – that’s for sure, but at the same time, it is quite an insight into us when faced with a stranger. It is about our fears and how perhaps as a child it is easier to accept everyone than as an adult.

“The Way Back Home” is a book which will be cherished by all. It is simple and it makes you think about the world we live in which is full of racism, xenophobia, and fear. I write this review while listening to “Imagine” by John Lennon and I hope that the world is different for generations to come. For now, we will read books like these by Oliver Jeffers.
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