Buy Used
£0.01
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships from the UK. Former Library books. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Way Back Home Board Book Board book – 28 Apr 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Board book, 28 Apr 2011
£26.43 £0.01

Four for £10 on Sticker & Activity Books
Add four selected titles to your basket and checkout to receive your discount. Shop now
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Board book: 30 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007323271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007323272
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

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.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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?
Comment 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
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.
Comment 28 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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!
Comment 33 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son and I love Oliver Jeffers books, which is why I bought him this for Christmas. I have to say, the storyline is pretty poor. I'm not sure we'll bother reading this one a second time. Stick to 'Lost and Found' if you want to read an Oliver Jeffers book.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a lovely book! I am a big fan of Oliver Jeffers and already had 'How to Catch A Star'. This is a great story for children 3 to 7 year olds. Great illustrations and the book gives different points for discussion with your child. Would definitely recommend.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is a story about the boy from Oliver Jeffers' other books (Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star etc). He find an aeroplane in his cupboard, flies it higher and higher until it runs out of petrol and he ends up stuck on the moon. He is alone and afraid in the dark. A martian's spaceship has an engine break down and he crashes on the moon too. They both hear noises and are afraid, but find eachother and realise that they aren't alone any more. They discuss their respective problems. The boy parachutes into the sea to get things to fix the craft and swims to home where he goes and watches television with the penguin until he remembers that he should be getting the things they need. He climbs up a mountain and the martian lowers him a rope which he climbs. They fix the aeroplane and spaceship and say goodbye and both go home. The boy gets a parcel containing a walkie talkie which says 'hello' as the boy wanders away.

The story just isn't as neat or poignant as 'How to Catch a Star' or 'Lost and Found'. The pictures and language are lovely but it just fails to hang together for me. Especially as for very unrealistic stories which are going to confuse a 3 year old who is just trying to figure out how the world works, there has to be a fair bit in their favour to counteract that. On the other hand, my 3 year old did quite enjoy it - though not one as not as much as those other two Oliver Jeffers books. It's been reread a bit but not a lot.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
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!
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Feedback