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Oliver and the Seawigs Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192734555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192734556
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Set sail for adventure with Oliver and his seawig crew!

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Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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.

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.
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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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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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This is the best book for children I have read in years and fully deserves awards in my view. It is quirky with a capital QUIRK.

Oliver and Iris are two great characters full of spark and energy. They are the sort of characters children would love to be or know.

The idea of the Rambling Isles is enchanting, especially as each of them needs to collect things for a special wig to enter a competition. Oliver's parents happen to be special enough to be collected by the villain of the piece, the Thurlstone.

Fortunately, Oliver has the help of his own special friendly Rambling Isle, Cliff.

Iris, the short-sighted mermaid, is a clever creation. Her greatest moment is probably when she acts as the propeller to Oliver's dingy.

Stacey de Lacey is suitably nasty as the Thurlstone's teenage sidekick with his team of snot-coloured sea monkeys. Both villains come to a suitable end, especially inventive in the case of the Thurlstone.

It's funny all the way through and the illustrations are stylish, fun and contemporary and play just an important a part as the story itself.

This is a great stand-alone story, but will hopefully be the first of a series. There are enough threads left to write more should the author and illustrator decide to do so. I hope they do.
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