Review of Oliver and the Seawig

July 26, 2014 Book Reviews, Review Archive 0

Review of Oliver and the Seawig

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Oliver and the Seawig by Philip Reeve
Genres: Adventure, Children's Book
Published by Children, Random House on July 22nd, 2014
Pages: 208
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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?

First Thoughts: A delightful and fun adventure book with really cool illustrations.

Oliver thought he was tired of exploring until he goes on his own little adventure to find his parents.

Oliver’s parent’s are explorers and he has never really stayed home at all. He grew up exploring and he was getting a little tired of it and was so glad when his parents decided to go back home. While home his parents seen a group of islands that they didn’t remember being there before so naturally they had to go exploring, but Oliver stayed behind.

When they don’t come home Oliver sets out to find out what happened to them and meets Cliff a rambling island. Rambling islands were islands that never stayed in one place. Cliff tells him that all the rambling islands are on their way to Night of the Seawigs to vote on who has the best Seawig. A seawig is all the cool stuff that the islands find during their rambling and have on thier little island, but Cliff doesn’t have much. So Oliver along with his new found friends, help Cliff get something great  for his seawig.

Oliver and the Seawig was a really fun read and I enjoyed it very much. It was full of adventure and friends. Oliver is a really likable character and so are all of his companions. I loved, loved the illustrations as they were so cute and went so well with the story. Iris the mermaid was one of my favorite characters and I loved the way the illustrator captured her unique personality in the sketches.

I would recommend this to anyone who has a young reader as I think they will have a lot of fun with Oliver and his unique bunch of friends.

 

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