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.Read more ›
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!
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My grandchildren who live in Sweden - one of my
grandchild holders to read me a story every night from Oliver and the Seawigs - they both loved it
My daughter loves these books, we've already finished Cakes in Space and Pugs of the Frozen North. Really entertaining!Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. W. McBriarty
My 10 year old son is a desperately reluctant reader - I have tried everything. This is the first book we have read together at bedtime that he has continued to read himself... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anon
Great story and fantastic illustrations. My son and I love these authors. It's a book that's got him back to reading again with lots of challenging vocabulary as well as an easy... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DF
We have ended up getting all of the Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre books as we loved this one so much. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Mitchell
A rather strange book, this one: the storyline is really more suited to the 6 - 8 age range but the language is more suited to the 8 - 12 age range and as such it rather falls... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Scary Reader