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The Way Back Home Gift Set [Hardcover]

Oliver Jeffers
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Oct 2009

Fly to the moon and back in this star-spangled adventure and contact your own alien with an intergalactic walkie-talkie!

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?

Make extraterrestrial contact with an intergalactic walkie-talkie and a special miniature hardback edition of ‘The Way Back Home’.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007323255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007323258
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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.

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Praise for ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’

"Mouth-wateringly irresistible" The Guardian

Praise for ‘Lost and Found’:

‘An uplifting story…pictures 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

About the Author

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 Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Gold Award. ‘Lost and Found’ animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another corker 3 Sep 2007
This book is crammed full of fantastic art from what must be one of the best childrens authors for a long time.

It's cute and stylish, unmistakably Oliver Jeffers.

I don't think the story is as strong as his other books, but it is still a great story, and the very last page is brilliant!

A little boy flies his plane higher and higher until he runs out of petrol and becomes stranded on the moon, thankfully he manages to make a friend when a passing Martian crash lands after his engine fails. Will they both make it back home? And will they ever speak again?
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This lovely picture book has great stylized pictures, with an endearingly quirky story to match. The boy finds an old fashioned aeroplane and there's a good sequence of illustrations as he dons flying helmet, jacket and goggles. Off he flies until he runs out of petrol at the moon. Just as he begins to get lonely and afraid, a delightful little green alien with engine failure also becomes stuck on the moon and they become friends. There's a second lovely sequence of illustrations as the two marooned explorers think together about how to get them both back home and they then succeed in a rather foolish and surreal but amusing fashion. Finally, just as you think the story is finished you turn over to the very last page and there's an extra smile for the reader, and a "what do you think happens next" addition to the story.
Also, if you bother with author biographies, it's a lovely to have a picture of Jeffers as a boy and my children are fascinated by his having a green brother - a lovely touch.
This is my favourite of the boy's adventures so far, which seem to be getting increasingly original - though I do also recommend the others. All three books are entirely stand alone, though it is fun for the child who is familiar with the other two to spot the penguin from `Lost and Found' and the rocket from `How to Catch a Star' appearing in the pictures of this one. This is a very enjoyable book to read to your children and I thoroughly recommend it for 2-5s.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 31 Aug 2008
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This book was a panic buy - I was on holiday with my 4 children and had forgotten their favourite bedtime stories. I rushed into an English bookshop in the Algarve, grabbed the first book that looked suitable and read it, that afternoon, to 3 of the kids (16 months, 3 years & 6 years). I haven't stopped reading it since! My 16 month old points to the beautiful illustrations and babbles constantly, my 3 year old is fascinated and talks about the book all the time (he even imagines he's the little boy) and my 6 year old really enjoyed the story and was delighted when he spotted the penguin (apparently from the book Lost & Found which he'd read at school). The story is original and just seems to capture the childrens' imaginations beautifully. Don't hesitate - buy this book! I'm now going to order some other books by this author!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous story 10 May 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a really gorgeous story. My 21 month old son loves it and I enjoy reading it to him. He also has fun with the little toy that came with it, calling it a 'radio' and pressing the buttons to hear the alien noises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker by Oliver Jeffers 27 Jan 2008
My 3 year old has all 3, and he loves them all. This is the newest of his collection being a present for Christmas, and he loves the tales of the little boy. Great books for wild imaginations.
Keep them coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Back Home 7 Jun 2009
This was the first of Oliver Jeffers' books I bought for my 2 year old son. Oliver Jeffers is such a perfect inspiration for little boys intersted in space and rockets like my little boy. The drawings are so childlike my son is mesmorised by them. The story is a perfect length and leaves you hoping he choses it again the next night. Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Back Home 30 Jan 2009
My little boy absolutely loves this book,the drawings are so lovely and colourful .We have all the books from the series,and they are always the first to be pulled off the shelf to be read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't sure, but the kids loved it 30 Jan 2009
I wasn't overly bothered about this book, but my daughters absolutely loved it. I think Oliver Jeffers has a knack of tapping into the children's eye view of the world with lovely childlike illustrations.

The story is very simple, but it made sense to my 5 year old, who has declared this and To catch a star her favourite books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely story. 2- 5 years.
Published 4 days ago by Emma Roomes
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as 'Lost and Found' or 'How to Catch a Star'
This is a story about the boy from Oliver Jeffers' other books (Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star etc). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Juliette
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cute story!
My daughter and I are fans of the Oliver Jeffers books. This one was really cute- great story about friends and adventure with the added bonus of Jeffers' outstanding... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Heather Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
The flight was great, and great pictures for you great picture full of imagination and the fictional life. by Samuel
Published 4 months ago by Samuel George Shipley
5.0 out of 5 stars didnt arrive at all first time resent and loved.
We had a problem with initial delivery as in it didn't happen at all, despite me being in when the post man arrived. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Louise Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
I bought this book as a Christmas present for my 4 year nephew. It arrived the day after I ordered it. My nephew loves it. Thank you
Published 4 months ago by Ruth Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book!
Efficient delivery, just in time for teaching! Excellent book, the children really enjoy listening to it again and again and again!
Published 6 months ago by Sabiha
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely illustrations
A lovely square paperbacked book with big pictures and lovely watercolour illustrations.Oliver Jeffers is a fabulous illustrator.Great story.A must buy.
Published 8 months ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Loooove this book
This book is amazing, we read it every evening, together with the How to catch a star book, both are lovely. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Idj
5.0 out of 5 stars love, love, love it!
I bought this to use in the preschool I teach at and ended up buying another to have at home for my son. I recommend this book for the art work and the sweet story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Callahan
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