Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve. Random House,
Reading Level: Middle Grades, Ages 8-10
Recommended For: Ages 8-10
Bottom Line: A rollicking chapter book adventure with missing parents, mysterious islands, and one determined boy.
When Oliver’s parents disappear while exploring a mysterious island, 10-year-old Oliver Crisp doesn’t panic. He is made of sterner stuff. After all, the Crisps are explorers, and when Oliver was born, his parents “simply bought themselves a back carrier and an off-road baby carriage and went right on exploring.”
Therefore, rather than panicking, the intrepid Oliver packs a rucksack and sets off in his inflatable dinghy to find his parents.
On his quest, Oliver meets a near-sighted mermaid, an opinionated albatross, and some moving islands —not to mention some very sarcastic seaweed. Lively illustrations accompany Oliver’s adventures, complimenting a story that will be enjoyed by young readers in search of a high seas adventure.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Worldview Rating: 4 out of 5
Artistic Rating: 4 out of 5
Categories: Middle Grades, Alternative Reality, Adventure
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