The Boy Who Went to Mars

The Boy Who Went to Mars

by Simon James


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When Mom has to go out of town, Stanley decides to blast off to outer space. But who’s this small martian returning in his place who doesn’t follow earthling rules?

On the day that Stanley’s mom takes a work trip overnight, Stanley decides to leave planet Earth. But when his spaceship touches down again in the backyard, a young martian crawls out, proclaiming to Stanley’s dad that residents of Mars don’t wash before dinner, eat their vegetables, or brush their teeth. It just so happens that martians tend to act out in school, too. . . . With whimsy and sympathy for a familiar dilemma, Simon James ushers us into the coping fantasies of an imaginative, sensitive kid — and shares the pleasure of his sheepish reunion with a most accepting family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763695989
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 1,146,519
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Simon James is an award-winning author and illustrator of many picture books, including George Flies South, Little One Step, and Leon and Bob, which was named a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. Simon James lives in England.

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The Boy Who Went to Mars 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
The Boy From Mars is all about a little boy called Stanley whose mum has to go away with work for the night. Stanley decides whilst his mum is away he is going to fly to Mars and whilst he is there a Martian who looks just like Stanley will take his place at home. The little Martian doesn’t understand how to behave on Earth. He won’t wash his hands, brush his teeth, eat his veg and he gets told off at school. The Martian isn’t very nice and dad just hopes that by the time mum arrives home that he will have gone back to Mars and that Stanley will have returned. This is a story about a little boy who is clearly upset that his mum is going to be away for the night and doesn’t understand how to channel his emotions properly so rather than let people know he’s upset he has a novel idea, he zoom off to Mars and let a Martian who looks just like him take his place. Plus, because the Martian isn’t from Earth he won’t have to do what Earthlings do and he can get away with being moody and not doing as he is told. Everyone knows that the Martian is really Stanley pretending but they play along (all except Josh at school), as they understand what he is doing and why. The ‘Martian’ isn’t really bad, he’s just pushing his luck by trying to get away with not doing the things he’s told too. No harm is done until the Martian goes to school and pushes someone who won’t believe he’s not really Stanley. Personally, if I was Stanley’s parent I would have played along too until the school incident and then I would have told him that enough was enough, not washing your hands is one thing, pushing a child and hurting them is something completely different. Little children are still learning how to deal with emotions and this may have been the first time that Stanley’s mum had ever left him overnight. He would have been scared, upset and quite possibly feeling abandoned, hard emotions to deal with as an adult, never mind a small child. This is a very sweet book that had some beautiful illustrations to accompany the plot. It would make a perfect bedtime read.