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

Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip ReeveOliver and the Seawigs
Philip Reeve
Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
Random House BFYR
Available September 5, 2013

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When Oliver’s parents disappear along with some islands in the bay outside his home, he decides to follow them. Raised by world-renowned explorers, Oliver isn’t daunted when the islands turn out to be living, migrating creatures or when a nearsighted mermaid blunders into his expedition. Oliver befriends the island and mer-girl and together they set off to rescue his parents.

Each character in the story faces an obstacle which requires courage to overcome. Oliver, who grew up simply wishing for a normal life, learns the value of his wilderness education when it takes every ounce of his bravery and resourcefulness to save his parents from an evil island. Iris learns that her voice can be a weapon. Together they challenge the bully who swiped ornaments from the island they’ve befriended and who holds Oliver’s parents captive.

This book is packed with hilarious illustrations and quirky characters. The story is as whimsical as it is fun. Iris, the unusual mermaid, and Oliver make a good team and balance the story, making it a great read for boys and girls alike.


Language Content
No profanity.

Sexual Content

Spiritual Content

Brief references to rumors of human sacrifice.

Drug Content


Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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2 Responses to Review: Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

  1. AshleeW says:

    I’ve seen this one before and have wanted to read it – Reeve’s other books are so amazing! Need to get hold of it. What do you think the age range would be? I’ve got a 7-yr-old who may be interested, if that’s not too young …