The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers
Philomel
2008

Wow! I like this one maybe even more than Lost and Found or Up and Down. The art is so charming. The storyline is just right for preschoolers. The boy in the story finds an airplane in his closet and decides to fly it (of course! what else would you do with it?). He ends up on the moon, out of gas. A friendly little martian lands on the moon, too. Together they figure out how to help each get home.

The pacing is pitch perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners. The art is wonderful. I’m going to seek out more of Jeffers’ books for sure! (They’ve passed the kid test with flying colors, too–my kids gleefully followed the narrative through the pictures (some pages have few words) and pointed out the penguin from other books of Jeffers’).

Recommended read aloud to toddler/preschooler and up

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