Sunday, 5 January 2014
Oliver and the Seawigs by Phillip McIntyre and Sarah McIntyre
Oliver grew up in a family of explorers - but his biggest adventure is about to begin! Along with his new friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents. But before he can put his rescue plan into action there's the evil Stacey de Lacey and an army of pesky sea monkeys to contend with ...EEP! Award-winning dynamic duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, have created a book bursting with eccentric characters and stunning two colour illustrations. This book has been shortlisted for the 2014 Blue Peter Book Awards, in the Best Story category. 'A delightfully told, beautiful tale of nautical hairdressing, saltwater primates and sarcastic seaweed - this is my kind of book!' Chris Riddell
My son has recently got into reading, however he is constantly rereading the same books over and over again - Horrid Henry, Captain Underpants, Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, however I really think this is a book that he will enjoy.
It has a great plot line all about a young boy, whose parents are explorers and have gone missing, not long after they all return from their latest exploration. The story-line is full of imaginary characters and creatures and will enable the reader to conjure up their own stories and pictures long after they have finished the book. There are great characters that Oliver, the boy, meets throughout the book and the author uses wonderful language within the story. There are moments of great humour, leaving the reader in fits of giggles.
Alongside the fantastic story-lines are the brilliant illustrations throughout the book. There is so much detail within them and they follow the story perfectly. I think they would look great on a bedroom wall in a series of prints.
This book has been shortlisted for the 2014 Blue Peter Book Awards and I really hope that it wins its category. I hope that this book is the first in a new series as I am sure it will be popular with children aged 7+.
I received this book through the Amazon Vine Programme.