About this Book A boy discovers an airplane in his closet and does what any adventurer would do: he flies it into outer space. Suddenly, the plane sputtered, it ran out of fuel! 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 dark and lonely out there.) Coincidentally, engine trouble has stranded a young Martian on the other side of the moon, and he’s just as frightened and alone. Martian, Earthling—it’s all the same when you’re in need of a friend.
Reviews from Around the World "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." - Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
"Another good book by Oliver Jeffers. This little boy is lost and meets an Alien while trying to find his way back home and they become the best of friends. It is a delightful book with cute pictures. Highly recommend Oliver Jeffers' books. Good for your library. Just by looking at the cover, you can tell it is going to be a great book. My 7 year old grandson can read it." - Ana Lee Wade, Amazon