Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oliver and the Seawigs Philip Reeve; illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

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A lively step up from early chapter books, this seafaring romp is packed with hilarious art, lovable misfits, meddlesome monkeys, and tons of kid appeal.
When Oliver's explorer parents go missing, he sets sail on a rescue mission with some new, unexpected friends: a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are even more exciting, unusual, and full of mischief than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea captain in time to save Mom and Dad?
My Impressions

This was an adorable read aloud book. If you are looking for a book full of fun, excitement, adventure and mystery that was perfect for a younger audience that “Oliver and the Seawigs” is the book for you. This book is chalk full (every page) of illustrations that are beautifully done. For the visual and younger audiences this gives the book life and helps create the wondrous, bold and vivid adventures of Oliver and his companions.  

Without going into too much detail and giving the story away, Oliver is a forced traveler by his parents design until one day he wakes up and finds his parents missing. Forced with deciding to go and look for them or wait and see if they return home, Oliver decides to take on the quest of locating the missing Mr. and Mrs. Crisp. This leads Oliver on an amazing adventure where he meets his lovely traveling companions. 

One of the great things about this book was the vivid imagery, such as when the sea monkeys are described as being “snot-green”. Yep, I know-GROSS! It does accomplish a very vivid visual image though of the sea monkeys. My son laughed and laughed and thought it was the greatest thing.
If your kids have a great imagination, love talking, rambling islands, sea monkeys, and the like you are going to adore this book.

PHILIP REEVE is the acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines/Predator Cities series, the Fever Crumb series, and Here Lies Arthur (2008 Carnegie Medal Winner). He was born and raised in the seaside town of Brighton, and has been writing down adventures since he was five years old. (www.philip-reeve.com)

SARAH McINTYRE has written and illustrated several picture books and comics for children. Her delightfully over-the-top drawings and mischievious monkey illustrations brought Philip and Sarah together for this series. (www.jabberworks.co.uk)

Disclaimer: I received this book from Randoms House Children's via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review and opinion which I have given.  

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