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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250743
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 18.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

More About the Author

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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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Definitely a good story and great illustrations, etc. However, the story is not as compelling as "Lost and Found". My son (4 /12 yo) had some trouble understanding the ending and the boy's return to the moon, etc.
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By Claudine on April 8, 2014
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We love Jeffers! And this is the one of the best books from him. Funny and thoughtful all in one! Great illustrations too.
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By Daniel LO on April 2, 2014
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Excellent. Beautiful drawings and meaningful stories, even for adults, it's great and inspired me. Highly recommended for everyone in the earth!
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Format: Hardcover
We have been reading this to our child since he was 18 months old. He's turning two in a few weeks, and it's still a favorite, read at least twice a day (if not three times each sitting). Oliver Jeffers's artwork and approach to storytelling are uniquely his own, and there is as much for the adult reader to see as there is for the kid.

We add a lot of embellishments when we read this together (for example, when the boy yells to the martian to lower the rope, we all yell out "hello!"), and his minimalist style of writing allows for this easy injection of imagination.

I can't say there's an Oliver Jeffers book I wouldn't recommend.
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