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De Vuelta a Casa (The Boy #3)

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After finding a plane, a child makes a trip to the moon but he runs out of gas, miles away from the Earth. At that moment, a Martian traveling on space, whose spaceship is broken down, lands on the Moon as well. Both think they are alone and are afraid, but as tyheir eyes get used to the darkness, they find help each other to find the way back home.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Fondo de Cultura Economica, Mexico (first published April 10th 2008)
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Hugh Stuart
Oct 10, 2011 Hugh Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered this one last week in an RE seminar and instantly loved it. The art is sumptuous and quirky and its a really nice story about friendship and helping each other out. A small boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard, goes for a wee flight and crashes on the moon. During the night a tiny martian has a similar accident and loses control of his spaceship also ending up on the same rocky satellite. The two are initially fearful of one another but become friends when they realise they have t ...more
Aug 24, 2015 أميرة rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chld-lit-picbks
A gem.
A book my 5 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A fun space theme with a little twist at the end. My 5 yr old was tickled pink when he guessed the ending. A great addition to any children's library.
Sep 13, 2011 Eve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of a boy and a Martian who both get stuck on the moon, and then work together to fix their aeroplane and spaceship so they can both travel back home. At one point in the story, the boy jumps from the moon, into the sea on earth and swims back home. He rests for a while and watches his favourite TV programme, but then remembers he needs to go back to rescue the Martian.

I would read this to a Year 3 class. It would be possible to use this book to introduce the following t
The Way Back Home/Oliver Jeffers/2008

Genre: Children's Picture Book Fiction

Format: Book

Summary: 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
The Way Back Home has big dark illustration that I believe goes well with the story of the book. Because of this the book drew me in and even further when reading the book. The Way back home is about a boy who has a great imagination, finding a propeller airplane in his wardrobe. With this the boy decides to fly to the moon and finds that he has run out of petrol, being on his own he is slightly scared and lonely. He meets a Martian who is also stuck on the other side of the moon and also needs ...more
Andrea Grima
Jun 17, 2012 Andrea Grima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Way Back Home is both beautifully written and illustrated. I like the fact that children could relate to the emotions of the young boy who flies an aeroplane that he finds to the Moon. Once he is there he realises her is stuck, far away from home. The story explores the problem of feeling fear and loneliness and offers the resolution of a friend called Martin, who is also from another World and stuck on the Moon. The two boys become friends and work as a team to ensure their safe return home ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Zaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
On the scientific side, this picture book was all wrong. On the imaginary side, it was pretty good. So I've mixed feelings about this, because going on the moon by plane or meeting a green Martian... really? (tells the girl who has no problems with flying unicorns and fairies...). Otherwise, the drawings were cute and the friendship was nice, as in the previous book in the series.
Emer Mattimoe
Oct 20, 2011 Emer Mattimoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of a young boy who finds a plane, flies it to the moon and gets stuck. It explores many feelings such as the little boy feeling alone and afraid. A Martian also end up stuck on the moon also and they find each other and realise that they are not alone anymore. They work together to get home safely. In doing so they become friends and worry will they ever see each other again when they are ready to go home. The book explores the development of relationships and friendshi ...more
May 13, 2015 Annabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
I really enjoyed this book...
Debbie Rosaman
May 25, 2015 Debbie Rosaman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a boy who found an aeroplane under the stairs, though he can’t remember leaving it there. He flew so high that when he ran out of fuel he had to land on the moon. Despite being lost and alone he only got frightened when it got dark and could hear noises, which he feared were alien monsters! Unbeknown to the boy, there was another young adventurer who had also landed on the moon because his space ship had broken down. The young Martian was also a
Valentin Eni
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Elizabeth Todd
Apr 04, 2014 Elizabeth Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Way Back Home has very beautiful illustrations that fit perfectly with the story. It is a warming story about friendship and being different to each other.

A little boy finds and aeroplane in his cupboard and decides to take it out form a spin. He is having a great time whizzing about, until he runs out of petrol! The little boy crashes onto the moon and it begins to get dark and cold. Suddenly an alien appears, also alone with a broken spaceship. Together they come up with a super plan to f
Stefani Sloma
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The Way Back Home is about a young boy who finds an airplane in his closet but as he takes off for distant stars, it runs out of gas and he is stranded on the moon. At the same time, an alien’s spaceship has some engine trouble and he also lands on the moon. It gets dark and they both picture the worst when they hear the other walking around. When the finally meet, they realize they can help one another. “Martian, Earthling
Featuring the same boy from the picture books Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star and Up and Down, this title follows him on an airplane trip to the moon. Improbably, he finds an airplane in his closet and soars into the sky until he runs out of fuel and lands on the moon. When a Martian also lands there, they work together to solve their respective transportation problems. Young readers will easily recognize that while the two may be very different, they still manage to put their differences as ...more
As a Jeffers fan, I was not super impressed with this book, I have to say. I like that it's about friendship and yada yada, but I struggle to rank it among The Day the Crayons Quit, This Moose Belongs to Me, & The Heart and the Bottle. I'd say it's more of a boy book, but what kid doesn't want to fly to the moon eventually (and let's not forget the pet penguin...)

It had appeal for the simple fact that the protagonist befriends someone completely different from himself (an alien!)
Nayhara Sepulcri
Once there was a boy who found an aeroplane in his cupboard. Higher and higher he flew. But suddenly, the plane spluttered - it ran out of petrol. Now, the boy was stuck in the moon! As his torch began to go out, he found someone else in trouble.

From the great Oliver Jeffers, 'The way back home' is a thrilling intergalactic adventure that celebrates the friendship between a boy and a Martian. Together, they come up with a super plan to fix their machines and get them both back home.

The friends
Feb 08, 2011 bookme4life rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, library-book
This story reminded me so much of how I told stories as a child. It's written with a child's logic on how to solve problems, and as such was charming. The last page broke an Awwwww... out of me.
Ashlynn Armstrong
Feb 23, 2016 Ashlynn Armstrong rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is about a boy who finds an airplane in his closet. He goes to the moon, but once he's there his plane stops working and he meets a martian who's broken down on the plane too. Together the two work together to find a way to get off the moon and go back to their homes. They both leave wondering if the two will ever see each other again.

This book was very cute, and the martian looked exactly how I pictured a martian to look. I loved how even though the boy and martian were totally differ
Maggi Rohde
Apr 25, 2015 Maggi Rohde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, fantasy
As I teach my second graders about the differences between science fiction and fantasy, my personal genre of choice, I feel stuck for good examples. Most science fiction for small people is really fantasy in disguise. I can say "aliens or books in space usually mean science fiction" but sometimes that's not true. This is a great example. I would lead students to look for clues in the pictures that describe things that are patently not possible -- like sitting on the crook of the moon, or flying ...more
Drew Graham
Jan 12, 2016 Drew Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
A boy discovers an airplane tucked away in his closet, which auspicious find leads to a marvelous journey to the moon and back (and back again?).

This Irishman Oliver Jeffers seems to be a pretty pleasant discovery. I guess I was already familiar with his illustrations (from The Day the Crayons Quit), but his storytelling is just as fun as his unique art style. This one is pretty popular with The Boy (2.5), and I find a lot to look at and think about whenever we read it. (And a nice little twist
Amy Adams
The boy is at his adventures again! This time, he pulls an airplane out of his closet, goes to the moon, gets stranded, and meets a martian in much the same predicament. A great story, accompanied by excellent illustrations, and incorporating some references to the other books in The Boy series, The Way Back Home is great for helping you imagine about space and worlds beyond ours. It also makes you think about friendships, helping others, and being resourceful.

This would make a great bedtime bo
Colby Sharp
Apr 13, 2012 Colby Sharp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, space
I love Oliver Jeffers.
I did not realize there are actually 4 books in this children series The Boy. I want to love these books because they are so sweet and have fun messages and I know that so many people love these illustrations but blah I just don't like this little stick legged boy. I do however like the idea that at times in your life you may find yourself in trouble and at those times other people around you may be in trouble too and by working together you can come through these even if you don't know what the ...more
Funny how we all know that we should help each other any way we can, but do children know to do that? This story is an adventure of a little boy on earth, who finds an airplane in his closet, and takes it for a spin. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) he ends up out of fuel on the moon! And a little Martian ends up crash landing with a broken spaceship. How they get out of their dilemma, AND help each other is lovely. The story will begin a good conversation to a group about fear of the unknow ...more
Vivek Tejuja
Aug 09, 2015 Vivek Tejuja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading an Oliver Jeffers book is a treat, for both children and adults. I love them. His stories comfort me. The illustrations make me happy and mostly if any sort of art form can do that, then it is meant for you.

A boy like any other boy finds an airplane and decides to fly. He flies higher and higher and higher till he is space and runs out of fuel. What happens then? He lands on the moon and it is dark and lonely on the moon and he cannot think of a way of getting back home.

In all of this
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Jeffers uses mixed media (but still features the watercolor paintings that I love) to bring the boy's imagination to life in this new book. One day the boy was putting things back in his closet and he found a life sized airplane. (I never found stuff like this in my closet... granted I never really put my things away either.)

He takes it out for a spin and of course it's a perfect lift off. The boy soars as high as he can before his place runs out of fuel. "Now th
Tara Mullan
Oct 07, 2011 Tara Mullan added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children Between 6-9
A little boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard he takes it out to play, the aeroplane takes of the ground and goes up into the sky. Suddenly he runs out of petrol and get stuck on the moon what is he to do? he was all alone and afraid then his torch started to fade. Someone else was also stuck on the moon a big green Martian, they both heard noises and were very scared..However they were not alone anymore and took comfort in this as they had each other. They thought of ways to fix each other’s ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Zele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Way Back Home is an incredibly artistic and imaginative book that caters to both adult and children. The characters are illustrated perfectly in theme with the words, and the surroundings look exciting and contemporarily artistic.
The story starts with a little boy that finds a little red airplane in his closet, the boy then starts to don the clothes typical of a pilot. The end result is a very professional looking little boy flying higher and higher into the sky. However, the plan runs out o
Jeffers, O. (2007). The Way Back Home. New York: Philomel Books.


Irish author Oliver Jeffers shares the imaginative story of a young boy who discovers an airplane in his closet. The boy flies to the moon, but runs out of gas while he’s up in the sky. Stuck on the moon, the boy meets a Martian who is having spaceship problems.

This is a wonderful book to help children with fears of the dark, being alone or the unknown while also sharing the importance of friendship to help children thr
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Oliver Jeffers' work takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide, and HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his award-winning picture books, now translated into over 30 languages.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day, and in 2008 Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London-based Studio AKA.

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