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Oliver and the Seawigs

Written by Phillip Reave & illustrated by Sarah McIntyre and Phillip Reave
5.38 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.0 / 5.0
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Get ready for moving islands! Mischievous monkeys! And a splashy adventure with illustrations on almost every page.

When Oliver’s explorer parents go missing, he sets sail to find them with some new friends. There’s a grumpy albatross, a nearsighted mermaid . . . even a living island! But the high seas are more exciting and strange than Oliver could have imagined. Can he and his crew spar with sarcastic seaweed, outrun an army of sea monkeys, win a fabulous maritime fashion contest, and defeat a wicked sea captain in time to save Mom and Dad?

For early chapter book readers who are ready for something longer, the Not-So-Impossible Tales are packed with silly humor, action, and larger-than-life fun.

What Kind of Book is Oliver and the Seawigs

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Language: No uses of profanity, but some name calling ("stupid" and "stupid fat mermaid")
Violence: Stacey played with seaweed on the beach, using it as a bullwhip and "imagining lashing his classmates with it."

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Ask your child about the near-sighted, tone-deaf mermaid and the way her weaknesses become strengths when helping Oliver rescue his parents.

  • Discuss with your child how Oliver learns that home isn’t only a regular house with a bed, but being with the people you love.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
5.5 / 7.0
B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.25 / 7.0

This adventurous and imaginary tale will keep you guessing what will happen next! When Oliver’s parents disappear, Oliver goes after them on his own journey, facing problem after problem. I love the Oliver is brave and instead of just complaining when a problem arises or his idea fails, he thinks about the next step he can take solve his problem and get his parents back. Plus, he makes a wonderful friend along the way. :)

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Who Wrote Oliver and the Seawigs

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Who Illustrated Oliver and the Seawigs

Sarah McIntyre
Sarah McIntyre
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Sarah McIntyre's Book Dedication

For Rose & Ki (as I promised at your wedding: congratulations, you two!)

Phillip Reave's Book Dedication

For Marianne & Howard

Which of these was not mentioned as an adventure the Crisps had?
  1. Met at the top of Mount Everest
  2. Had Oliver when they were flying around the world in 80 days
  3. Married at the Lost Temple of Amon Hotep
  4. Spent their honeymoon searching for the elephants' graveyard
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