The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Oliver Jeffers, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Format: Hardback | 30 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 200mm x 24mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 28 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007323271
  • ISBN 13: 9780007323272
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 26,228

Product description

Enjoy Oliver Jeffers' intergalactic adventure tale in space! Now available in toddler-friendly board book edition. One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up, up and away he flies, high into the sky. He whizzes past clouds and stars until suddenly, phut, phut phut, the plane runs out of petrol...Miles from earth, the boy crash lands on the moon. Just as he is beginning to get cold and lonely, a Martian appears from the darkness - could this be the start of an unlikely friendship? And will the boy ever manage to get home again?

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Author information

Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award. 'Lost and Found' animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.

Customer reviews

By Diana Boswarva 08 Oct 2013 4

This book can really only be described as quirky and I personally really enjoyed the illustrations and abstractness of the text. However, it was a board book purchased for my 26 month old daughter and she still has yet to grow into it.

Overall, an interesting read, but I would probably buy it in paperback/hardback for an older reader.

By Clare S 26 Jul 2012 5

This beautiful paperback book has a pearly sheen on the cover, which makes me feel like it's something extra special. The little story (including allusion in the illustration to other Jeffers books) is sweet, great fun to read with our toddler, and the illustrations are just gorgeous. Plenty of funny pictures for carers and kids alike to enjoy. Illustrations and bits of the story are really quirky (like a boy just discovering he had a plane in his closet!!?!).

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Praise for 'The Incredible Book Eating Boy' "Mouth-wateringly irresistible" The Guardian Praise for 'Lost and Found': 'An uplifting of such spare beauty...suffused with a dreamlike quality.' Independent Online 'Oliver Jeffers makes impressive use of space in this affecting story of friendship...illustrations capture feelings of loss and loneliness through the most delicate nuances of facial expression...and body language.' Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian Praise for 'How to Catch a Star': 'The best recent picture book by light years... stylishly spellbinding.' Telegraph 'A story about possibilities and disappointments with a triumphant ending, all of which Jeffers captures through the beautifully expressive changing moods of his little boy.' The Guardian