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The Way Back Home

Written by Oliver Jeffers

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Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. This is an absolutely delightful book that is sure to capture the imagination of toddlers.  Jeffers’ illustrations are an absolute delight and together with the text tell an extraordinary and original story about friendship and home.

What the Kate Greenaway Award judges said:

'Jeffers somehow manages to convey a whole host of emotions and moods with his stick figures. His style is so clever with its surreal and amusing details, and there is some great variation in the spreads both in terms of illustration and colour. Lovely metallic endpapers too!'

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The Way Back Home Synopsis

Shining star Oliver Jeffers is back with this star spangled inter-galactic adventure tale in space! One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up, up and away he flies, high into the sky. Whizzing past clouds, stars and planets until suddenly, he runs out of petrol! Miles from earth, the boy crashes into the moon and waits. Just as he is beginning to get cold and lonely, a friendly martian appears from the darkness, also with a broken aircraft. Together they come up with a super plan to float the boy back down to earth to collect his toolbox. Can the boy find his way back home safely and will he ever make it back up to the moon to rescue his friend?

The Way Back Home Press Reviews

'Jeffers has a unique writing and illustrative style. It's a wonderful picture book.' Publishing News

'My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.' Irish Independent

'Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story!little children will love to share it.' Carousel

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ISBN: 9781783445219
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007549245
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Board book

ISBN: 9780007182329
Publication date: 06/05/2008
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007182282
Publication date: 03/09/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007182329
Publication date: 6th May 2008
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards and delighted millions of kids and parents alike with his beautifully hand illustrated stories.  Jeffers's picture books are wonderfully accessible. They explore themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. He has written and illustrated, or "made", as he prefers to put it, five hugely successful picture books. The first three - the "boy books" - feature a small boy who sets off on a series of daunting quests. How to Catch a Star (2004), the first of them, was inspired by a Brer Rabbit story he read as a child. In Lost and Found (2005) ...

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