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In this childlike fantasy, a boy finds an airplane and takes it out for a ride—to the moon, where it runs out of fuel. Just as his flashlight grows dim, a spaceship crashes, and a Martian climbs out. Initially, each fears the other, but they quickly become fast friends. Soon they’re carrying out a splendid plan to repair their spacecraft and get back to their homes. Children who know Jeffers’ Lost and Found (2006) and How to Catch a Star (2004) may recognize the distinctive figure of the boy, with his large head, sticklike legs, and striped shirt, and catch other visual references to the earlier books. Economy of line in both text and pictures combine with Jeffers’ flair for storytelling to create plenty of fine, original scenes. The deadpan text is well matched by the slightly quirky pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, which make great use of color and composition on the large, double-page spreads. An imaginative space adventure for young children. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the kindle_edition_av edition.

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Jeffers's latest tale [is charming]. The space theme [and the] illustrations will please every young, imaginative adventurer. -- Kirkus

The message that friends are friends whether they are near or far comes through in a warm, amusing manner. -- School Library Journal
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00I8R62XQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Philomel Books (April 10, 2008)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 10, 2008
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5821 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 963 ratings

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Oliver Jeffers is an artist, designer, illustrator and writer from Northern Ireland.

From figurative painting, collage and installation to illustration and award winning picture-books, Oliver Jeffers practice takes many forms.

His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Brooklyn Museum New York.

HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, now translated into over 36 languages, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and the New York Times Bestseller This Moose Belongs to Me and #1 New York Times Bestseller The Day The Crayons Quit.

Oliver won an Emmy in 2010 for his collaborative  work with artist and filmmaker Mac Premo. He has made art for Newsweek, The New York Times, United Airlines, TED, Nintendo, and has illustrated a a number of novels.

In 2007, Jeffers was the official illustrator for World Book Day.

Lost and Found became Oliver's first book to made into animation by London based Studio AKA, screening on Christmas Eve 2008 on Channel 4 in the UK and on Nickelodeon in the US and Australia.

In 2013, Jeffers illustrated the vinyl cover (a drawing of Nelson Mandela) for the U2 song "Ordinary Love". Jeffers also co-directed (with Mac Premo) the video for the U2 song "Ordinary Love".

Oliver grew up in Belfast Northern Ireland and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

See more at www.oliverjeffers.com, or visit his instagram, facebook, and twitter @oliverjeffers

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Mr N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and lovely
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely children’s book that can be enjoyed by young and old
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great story supporting friendship and caring!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Oliver Jeffers story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, difficult to read in a dimmed room?
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