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Oliver and the Seawigs (A Not-So-Impossible Tale) Hardcover – July 22, 2014
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"[A] sly and dashing tale. . . Readers' ribs aren't the only ones that get a vigorous tickle"--Kirkus Reviews
"A delightfully told, beautfiul tale of nautical hairdressing, saltwater primates and sarcastic seaweed--this is my kind of book!"--Chris Riddell, award-winning illustrator and co-creator of the Edge Chronicles
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 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!).
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the free digital copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Amazon chat support advised that a revised version would be available soon, which sounds very unlikely ...
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Oliver is a ten year old boy that has had a very full life.Read more
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.Read more