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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192734881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192734884
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A delightfully told, beautiful tale, of nautical hairdressing, saltwater primates and sarcastic seaweed - this is my kind of book! (Chris Riddell)

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Set sail for adventure with Oliver and his seawig crew!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 April 2014
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Got this for my 8 year old nephew, as both the Guardian and Telegraph book reviews quite rightly rate the book 5*. It's quite a zany book compared to Philip Reeve's others for youngsters aged 9+ (e.g. Predator Cities: Mortal Engines and Goblins) and is perhaps aimed at a younger reader being rated age 7+. The book is about a young boy named Oliver who is the son of two famous explorers called the Crisps. After years of exploring with even Oliver being born while they they are out and about, the Crisps decide to settle down with Oliver, now 10 years old, in a proper home of their own. Then his parents suddenly disappear whilst exploring a strange set of islands - and the islands themselves have all disappeared too, well all except one. For these are The Rambling Isles and so Oliver sets off with the island he has befriended, complete with a snooty albatross and a short-sighted mermaid, to find out what has become of his mum and dad. There's lots of nice pictures, and although the book itself rambles along a bit occasionally, it's a great fantasy adventure with Sea Monkeys and nasty villains, and it's also quite funny in places as well. My nephew liked the entire off-the-wall book and storyline, and he rates it 5* (it was read to him at bedtime, so he appreciated Philip Reeve's detailed illustrations). At jabberworks.co.uk there's even a stitch your own Sea Monkey pattern. The book is nicely hardbound with 195 pages with many pen and ink illustrations. Also check out Reeve's ...Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Oliver and the Seawigs is a fun, bonkers new children's book by author Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre. This team works particularly well together and I hope there's more books coming in the future - I'm sure younger readers will love this one!

Oliver and the Seawigs is, first and foremost, an adventure story. Oliver's parents go missing on what turns out to be a moving island, so he goes searching for them. On his travels he meets a shortsighted mermaid, a nasty villain type called Stacey de Lacey, an albatross, a little island called Cliff and more sea monkeys than he's ever seen before. As you can imagine, madness ensues!

I enjoyed this book, especially because of all the crazy characters that Oliver meets. I'd happily have a little sea monkey as a pet, and I think it'd be really cool to meet a mermaid and a moving island. Such brilliant imagination and storytelling has gone into this, and it will appeal to many different readers.

My personal favourite part of Oliver and the Seawigs is the illustrations. I don't think I've come across Sarah McIntyre's work before but I'll definitely be keeping an eye on her future work. The style of her illustrations is just lovely and I really enjoyed looking at them all. The sea monkeys and little Oliver are my favourites - so cute!

I think this book is being marketed to readers in the 7+ age range, though that doesn't mean slightly younger readers won't enjoy it too. And I think I'm proof that older readers are also in for a treat - it's worth picking up a copy for the illustrations alone. Fantastic!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Milne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2013
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My sons are avid readers and I'm constantly on the search for something new and different for them. When I saw this book I had no idea what to expect - what on earth is a Seawig?! - but it looked humorous and so we decided to give it a go.

As it turns out I'm really glad that we did! Both my sons, (aged 7 and 9), totally loved this book. They said that it was quite unlike anything that they'd read before, that it kept them guessing about what was going to happen and that it was a little bit crazy and a lot funny! Doesn't get much better than that does it?! The book is about a 10 year old - Oliver - whose Mum and Dad are explorers but he wishes they were normal, (I'm sure lots of kids can relate to that last bit!). However, one day they need rescuing and Oliver has to use all the explorer training that's in his blood and head off on his own adventure to rescue his parents. On the way he encounters many strange and wonderful creatures and, of course, finds out all about Seawigs.

The imagination of the author is quite something and the illustrations really did add to this book we felt. It was nice to find a funny and entertaining book that didn't feel dumbed down in any way - there are some wonderful phrases in there and the author doesn't shy away from using some more tricky words.

All in all I would highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ancient Mariner on 18 Feb. 2015
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Oliver Crisp is the ten year old son of deeply obsessed explorer parents. When his parents realize that they have explored everything there is to explore they move to a little seaside town to settle down. Upon arrival they spy some new, possibly volcanic, islands in the bay and immediately head out in their inflatable dinghy to explore. When Oliver next looks out at the bay the islands are gone and his parents are gone as well. Oliver resolves to head out to the one remaining little island and do some search and rescue of his own; he isn't going to fall to pieces, because "a Crisp is made of sterner stuff than that". The subsequent adventure, featuring Oliver and his spirited new mermaid partner, is thrilling, manic, suspenseful, a little silly, and enlightening in the finest Boys, (and Girls), Own tradition.

Now, there are lots of post-chapter books out there. Some are "zany". Some are funny in a fart/booger way. Some are funny in a snarky narrative kind of way. There are very serious adventure books and light but informative adventure books. There are lots of problem books, either light-hearted or heavy. But, there aren't very many that pull off what this book pulls off. This is both a fun and a ripping tale.

Oliver Crisp is a reasonably well-developed character. His adventure is fantastical but presented with mostly a straight face. There is no irony or parody or any little jabs taken at the genre. There is a good-natured good humor to the narrative, with maybe an occasional wink at the reader to remind him or her that we're just having fun here. There are many subtle jokes that the reader may get or not, but they're just a bonus.
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