Posted by: Shireen | April 4, 2011

Bee’s Beautiful Books – The Way Back Home

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

This is the Little Bee’s new favourite book.  Of course, it goes without saying that I heart Oliver Jeffers.  He is one of the most beautiful writer/illustrators in the world of books right now and I will tell you why….

His artwork tells a story all by itself.  His characters are created and painted so lovingly that they become friends of the readers right away.  Its as if they speak right from the page, sharing a secret little smile with each reader.   Jeffers must take so much time to choose the perfect, right words to tell his stories because without so many words cluttering the page, he can fill a story with all the emotions in the world without seeming corny or cheesy at all.  His stories remind me so much of the essence of childhood, if you know what I mean.  The time when problems seem so big but so small at the very same time.  The time when going to the Moon on a forgotten airplane on a random afternoon seemed so very everyday normal.

So, this is the story of a little boy who flies to the moon, where he gets stuck because his plane runs out of petrol.  There, he meets a Martian who is also stranded because his spaceship has broken.  The two, after getting over their fear of each other, become friends. They help each other solve the problem of getting home and at the same time build a friendship that crosses planets and galaxies.

The most wonderful thing about this book is that the words tell one story, but combined with the illustrations, the real story emerges.  It is in the pictures that the emotions of friendship are revealed so beautifully.

Little Bee’s favourite part is when the boy and the alien make friends.  There is a beautiful symbol of friendship…..

And Little Bee says, “Hands.  Friends. Hands.” Because that is one way she can show that she loves her friends, right?

And it doesn’t matter if your new friend is a boy from Mars, or your little friend next door.

Hands. Friends. Hands.




  1. How have I not read this one? Thanks for the great review, I just put it on hold at our library and I can’t wait to read it with the kids!

  2. yay! oliver jeffers rocks! i really hope you guys enjoy the book x Shireen Babul +44 789 600 5011

  3. Finally got this one in at the library and the kids and I read it tonight. What always touches me the most about good children’s books is the simplicity that is right at the heart of all the good ones. So much can be said, and so many important messages can be delivered with so few words. Thanks for letting me know about this one!

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