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The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers (2007)



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An adventurous boy flies an airplane to the moon, where he makes an unexpected friend who helps him find his way home.
  troberts719 | Jul 4, 2015 |
Once there was a little boy...who found a plane in his closet, and flew high, until he ran out of fuel and landed on the moon. A friendly green alien arrives, in the same predicament, and they work together to solve both their problems.

Some of the pantomiming scenes where they're brainstorming are quite amusing, and the little boy has a habit of letting his tongue poke out when he's concentrating or thinking hard. A perfect blend of improbable, sweet, and cute. ( )
  JennyArch | Jan 22, 2015 |
This book is good for introducing problems that may seem insurmountable but are easily manageable with help from others. It also examines the functionality of teamwork, even between two people who don't know each other. The two characters in the story recognized that the other one was in trouble and they helped each other, even though they had just met. Lastly, the story always conveys optimism and that if friendships/relationships want to be maintained, no distance will stop them.
  Climbing-books | Sep 13, 2014 |
The best thing about this book is the illustration, I find that I am a huge fan of Oliver Jeffers illustrations. I thought that the story was cute and it showed that if you work together you can fix any problem. However I do not think the storyline/plot was very strong. I would use this in a young classroom as a fun read-a-loud, I don't think that it would fit in to any core subjects very well. I might use it in art class as a study of Oliver Jeffers techniques.
  krbarton | Mar 11, 2014 |
A little boy becomes stranded on the moon and a young martian helps him return home again. The Earthling returns the favor when the little Martian boy becomes stranded. Nice illustrations and a sweet story just right for preschoolers that teaches cooperation and working together. ( )
  DiamondDog | Mar 29, 2013 |
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When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: He flies it into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake, its fuel tank on empty. The boy executes a daring landing on the moon . . . but there’s no telling what kind of slimy, slithering, tentacled, fangtoothed monsters lurk in the darkness! (Plus, it’s dark and lonely out there.) Coincidentally, engine trouble has stranded a young Martian on the other side of the moon, and he’s just as frightened and alone. Martian, Earthling—it’s all the same when you’re in need of a friend.

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Stranded on the moon after his extraordinary airplane takes him into outer space, a boy meets a marooned young Martian with a broken spacecraft, and the two new friends work together to return to their respective homes.

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