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Oliver and the Seawigs Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013
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"Hands up who likes silly? In which case I recommend Seawigs, a wonderfully zany book for 7+ readers (or 47+ in truth). A fun-packed delight" (Martin Chilton, Telegraph)
''A gloriously wacky story' 'it will bring back the magic of a perfect holiday by the sea." (Amanda Craig, The Times)
"An eccentric, quirky adventure, which marries the very different talents of Reeve and McIntyre to fabulous effect. Exuberant artwork, crazy characters and chattering sea monkeys ahoy." (Fiona Noble, Bookseller)
"Marvellous maritime adventure. Dive in for lots of fun." (Sally Morris, The Daily Mail)
"One of those books that you just keep reading as you are absorbed in one unlikely and hilarious escapade after another. Wonderful fun, endlessly imaginative and superbly illustrated by Sarah McIntyre." (Parents in Touch)
"Zesty, zany and fun. Humour and detail abound in both the text and artwork, making this book a sheer delight." (Michelle Pauli, Standout Books for Children, Guardian)
"This story is about as far as you can get from an 'issues book', and yet it would bring comfort and strength to children suffering from bullying or needing glasses. One of those books that stay with its readers, internally and externally, for life." (Pippa Goodhart)
Beautifully illustrated and crisply written... this is a lovely book to hold, let alone read. (Jamie Thomson, Big Issue in Scotland)
'It is a great adventure with brilliant characters.' (William Abreu, age 10, in Guernsey Press and Star)
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The book is Philip Reeve's first collaboration with Sarah McIntyre, where 'both of us came up with ideas for the characters and the story, and then Sarah did the drawings, and Philip wrote the words'. 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 the detailed illustrations). At www.jabberworks.co.uk there's even a knit & 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 No Such Thing As Dragons which seems aimed at a similar age group. Philip Reeve's won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for Predator Cities: A Darkling Plain in 2006, and The Carnegie Medal for Here Lies Arthur in 2007.
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!
The book is a delightful mix of prose and illustration, the two elements being formed together, with the illustrator Sarah McIntyre suggesting ideas Philip Reeve then incorporated into the story and vice versa, and it all works terrifically well. It's one of those books you'd start reading at bedtime for a enthralled child (you have to do the voices!) and then keep reading long after they've fallen asleep. Much fun.
This is a nice little book, although generally speaking I thought the illustrations were more engaging that the story itself, but it incorporates a good range of vocabulary and some lovely touches to stimulate imagination.
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grandchild holders to read me a story every night from Oliver and the Seawigs - they both loved it