Oliver and the Seawigs
Author: Philip Reeve, Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, July 22, 2014
208 pages (lots of illustrations)
From the back cover:
Oliver’s parent are missing at sea!
And when he sets sail to find them, he meets some unexpected friends. There’s a grumpy seabird, a nearsighted mermaid-even a living island. Oliver and his new crew are ready for mischief, mayhem, and high-seas adventure…but can they outsmart a wicked captain and his army of sea monkeys to time to rescue Mom and Dad.
Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre take you on a wildly wonderful and whimsical adventure as Oliver heads off to find his exploring mom and dad. The language is appropriate for 7 to 10 years old and the many illustrations, some full pages, are full of capricious characters. The dialogue is very charming, using catch-on phrases that children love to repeat.
This is a wonderful instrument to light up the imaginations of young girls and boys. It can be read by the child or can also be a fun read aloud book with parents or grandparents.
What I can see happening is the children reading the story than going on and play acting as their favorite character. Iris the near-sighted mermaid was my favorite character.
This is an entertaining well-written adventure. One that you will want to read and read again.
I received a copy of this book from Random House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review.