Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs

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Overview

Get ready for moving islands! Mischievous monkeys! And a splashy adventure with illustrations on almost every page.
 
When Oliver’s explorer parents go missing, he sets sail to find them with some new friends. There’s a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are more exciting and strange 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?
 
For early chapter book readers who are ready for something longer, the Not-So-Impossible Tales are packed with silly humor, action, and larger-than-life fun.
 
“[A] sly and dashing tale. . . Readers’ ribs aren’t the only ones that get a vigorous tickle.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“A delightfully told, beautiful tale of nautical hairdressing, saltwater primates and sarcastic seaweed—this is my kind of book!” —Chris Riddell, award-winning co-creator of the Edge Chronicles

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385387880
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/22/2014
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 906,116
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

PHILIP REEVE is the acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines/Predator Cities series, the Fever Crumb series, and Here Lies Arthur (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.
 
SARAH McINTYRE has written and illustrated several picture books and comics for children. Her delightfully over-the-top drawings and mischievous monkey illustrations brought Philip and Sarah together for this series.

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Oliver and the Seawigs 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: Oliver Crisp doesn’t even seem fazed when his parents and a bunch of islands disappear. Of course, this isn’t the first bit of trouble they’ve had. Oliver knows just what to do. He packs his bag of Useful Things and heads out to find them – his parent and the islands. But what he finds is much different than what he’s looking for. Who’d expect to find Rambling Isles, talking birds, mermaids, sarcastic weeds, and an annual party – the Night of the Seawigs. Hott Review: This book is so much fun! I loved every second of Oliver and the Seawigs. This is an absolute perfect book for those pre-teen boys who can’t find anything interesting to read! There’s adventure, mayhem, and plenty of growing up! More… Author: Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator) Source: Oxford University Press via Netgalley Grade: A Ages: 9-12
BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
When Oliver's parents go missing, along with an entire group of islands, he is determined to find them. But his rescue mission turns out to be a bigger adventure than he could have imagined - mermaids, living islands, and sea monkeys make for a fantastically thrilling time. I absolutely LOVED Oliver and the Seawigs. This book is so much fun! It's full of adventure, creativity, and hilarity. Oliver and the Seawigs was published in the UK nearly a year ago and has had nothing but outstanding reviews. I love Philip Reeve's witty humor in the Larklight series, but those are a bit too advanced for my students. So I was excited to see Philip Reeve taking a dip into the middle grades. And when the publisher approved me for an advanced copy I literally squealed. All that is just to say that I had high expectations for Oliver and the Seawigs. High expectations are dangerous, but in this case the book managed to exceed them. Oliver and the Seawigs is: * Fun * Whimsical * Adventurous * Funny * Creative And the illustrations?! Sarah McIntyre's work is perfect. The artwork and text create one complete experience. I can't wait for the next book from this amazing duo, Cakes in Space.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Oliver and the Seawigs Author: Phillip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers Published: 7-22-2014 ISBN: ISBN9780385387880 E-Book ASIN: B00I1ZJKUW Pages: 208 Genre: Children's Fiction Tags: Marine Life, Adventure, Fantasy Overall Rating: Great 4.0 Reviewed For: NetGalley Reviewer: DelAnne At ten, Oliver Crisp is looking forward to going to a real school for the first time. He has spent his life traveling the globe with his explorer parents. They have settled in Deepwater Bay. A place where a number of mysterious islands have suddenly appeared. When his parents go off to explore and do not return Oliver takes off on an adventure of his own to find them.Along the way he meets and make some very unusual friends. As he searches for his parents he also help Cliff, one of his new friends, win the Night of the Seawigs competition. Out witting bad guys, helping his friend and finding his parents. Amidst the danger there is humor and fun to be found in Oliver and the Seawigs. With exotic and unusual characters this book comes alive for readers of all ages. Follow along and let your imagination soar. This is the first of Oliver's adventures. Enjoy them all.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
A Book for Young Readers to Explore Oliver has spent all of his ten years of life exploring thanks to two parents who love nothing else.  But with no parts of the world left to explore, they are going to settle in a house by the bay.  While his parents aren’t happy, Oliver is excited to have his own room, make friends, and even go to school.   However, when they arrive, Oliver’s parents spot some islands in the bay that weren’t there before.  They go out to investigate and vanish – as do the islands.  Oliver doesn’t panic, however, but begins to try to find them.  Just where will the search lead? I'd been hearing about this book, so I took full advantage of finding it on Vine.  I'm so glad I did.  This book is very charming with a couple of twists to the plot that surprised me.  The characters were wonderfully likable, too.  The illustrations helped make this a fast read for me, and I’m sure the target audience (grades 2-5) will be delighted with it as well.  There's fantasy and adventure that should appeal to boys and girls. I'm so glad I picked up a copy of this book.  Kids will delight in Oliver's wild tale. NOTE: I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review.
TheIndigoQuill More than 1 year ago
See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.       Oliver Crisp has lived quite an adventurous life at a very young age. His parents are explorers, and they have decided that it's time to settle down. However, a group of mysterious islands have made their way into the body of water that surrounds their home, and Oliver's parents must explore them right away! Suddenly, Oliver's parents go missing...and so do the islands! In this entertaining tale, Reeve and McIntyre introduce the perfect hybrid between graphic novel and middle-grade chapter book that will charm and amuse the whole family!      When I first received this book, I had no idea what a "seawig" was. I thought it was some kind of sea creature that the author had made up. I was most pleasantly surprised when I discovered what a "seawig" was just that! A wig...made from the sea! Add a nearsighted mermaid, some rudely sarcastic seaweed, and enough sea monkeys to fill a sea, and you have Oliver and the Seawigs.       This book is so many levels of cool that I ran out and bought myself a copy! This is the perfect book for the child transitioning from picture books to chapter books. They will enjoy illustrations on almost every page, and the lines are spaced out enough that they will breeze through the book in no time. The entire layout and design is esthetically pleasing and easy for young eyes to look at. It reminded me a lot of Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck. The storyline and artwork is embellished with levels of creativity that will keep the reader turning pages with anticipation.      I. love. this. book. I cannot stress how much I love this book. I've already recommended it to several people. I'm sure that it's release here in the US will vie for several awards (deservingly so!). 
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What a terrific tale this was with seawigs, merpeople, giants and a little boy named Oliver. This would be a wonderful bedtime story or read aloud and its one of those stories that can be read again and again. Oliver and his parents have lived the life of explorers and they have explored everything. They had run out of things to explore, so the family is going back to their home by the sea. After ten years, Oliver is excited about finally having a bed, going to school and have a stable home. As they round the bend, they see islands off the bay and his parents are thrilled! More exploring!! Knowing they can explore while still living at the house, Oliver feels okay about the islands but he still has mixed feelings about his parent’s strong regard to exploring. As Oliver unpacks, his parents leave to investigate the isles. At sundown, his parent’s dinghy returns with no inhabitants. Oliver doesn’t worry but springs into action and drops his own dinghy into the water to investigate. There is no turning back when I got this far into the book as the search for his parents became quite a production. Oliver ends up resting on a Rambling Isles and I myself, will never look at water logs the same again. Although Oliver’s Rambling Isle was made of stone, I assimilated his Isles to the pieces of wood that stick out of the river where we go kayaking. These pieces of wood sport small trees, grass, rocks, sticks and just about anything that float to them. I have taken countless pictures of them when we are out, as each one of them is unique and now thanks to Oliver, they are now Rambling Isles to me. My imagination is stretched a bit further, thank you Mr. Reeve. As Oliver sit upon his Rambling Isle, he hears quite a few stories from a variety of characters and hold onto your seat cushions, the ride is going to get bumpy. They know something about his parents and Oliver is all ears. This is quite a performance for Oliver and he is determined to find his parents. Oliver talks with his new friends, about all the adventures he had with his parents and the love they have for one another. Oliver new acquaintances encourage him but it Oliver who says, “But there would be no point in going home without Mom and Dad. Without them, it wasn’t really home at all.” The language is smooth and I cannot tell you how much I loved the imagination that brought everything together. The pictures were artistic and free-flowing. I spent some time just looking at all the different things that the illustrator included in her work, some of the details were fun and they supplemented the story. Oliver was clever in handling a bully; he was quite someone to be proud of. I hope this is not the last I see of Oliver. Thank you Random House Children's Book and NetGalley for supplying me a copy of this book to review.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This story is a Hoot! It was written for kids but it is a cute read for parents too. Oliver's parents are explorers. He is 10 and has traveled and learned amazing things. They come home. They found floating islands. They leave to explore one and they disappear. Oliver follows and meets many new friends. Mr. Culpepper is an Albatross. Iris is a mermaid and Cliff is a small Rambling Isle. I don't want to give up spoilers but it was nice to see a youngster helping parents. There was a cool finish and it proves that even the most afraid person or island can become brave too. Phillip and Sarah did a great job! P.S. Don't forget the Sea Monkeys! The art is amazing, quirky and perfect for this story. Enjoy!   I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.