Review: Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre will be appearing at the Mountains to Sea Book Festival in Dún Laoghaire tomorrow and over the weekend. I am very excited for their event tomorrow, I think they make a great team!


Oliver and the Seawigs

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Oxford, 2013

Adventure/Comedy 5+

This is a fantastically fun book about a young explorer named Oliver, who sets off on a wild adventure when his parents disappear. Along the way Oliver meets Iris, a short-sighted mermaid with a very unique singing voice, Cliff, a wandering island, and Mr Culpeper, a grumpy albatross. Together they must help Cliff prepare for the seawig competition (at which the Rambling Isles show off the wigs made from the objects they have found on their travels), and rescue Oliver’s explorer parents.



This is a wonderful book, filled with wacky characters like the Sarcastic Seaweed, and the pesky sea monkeys.The illustrations work perfectly with the text – adding to the comic feel and bringing the imaginative seawigs to life. There are plenty of hidden details in the images for readers to find. The layouts are dynamic and exciting, and there is a fantastic map at the end of the book. It is clear that both Reeve and McIntyre had a lot of fun with this story, which makes for a very entertaining read. Plucky young Oliver’s exciting adventure is one to return to again and again. Highly recommended for young (and old!) readers who enjoy a good adventure story, and a good laugh.


Sarcastic Seaweed

But watch out for the sea monkeys!