Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5 stars, I loved it.
Oliver and the Seawigs is the story of a 10 year old boy who has been raised by his world explorer parents on the road. He has spent all 10 years of his life living in their explorermobile. His parents have finally explored everything in the world and they are going to settle down in a real house and Oliver is going to go to a real school. Oliver is very excited to do things that normal kids do. All of the plans go awry when his parents discover several new islands in the ocean next to the little town where they are going to live from now on. They rush out to explore them while Oliver unpacks and settles into his new bedroom for the first time. The islands disappear along with Oliver's parents and he sets out to save them. Along the way he finds a talking albatross, a near-sighted mermaid and a living island. The seas are a little more unexplored than Oliver and his family realized!
Philip Reeve mixed a charming blend of reality and fantasy in this story. The level headed Oliver who just wants to live in a real house and go to a real school is a charming main character. Sarah McIntyre's adorable and whimsical illustrations are the perfect match for this cute story.
This book is a great story with a good lesson that I know will be read over and over again in my house! Oliver teaches kids that they are not powerless. They can be brave and strong and maybe even save their parents! It also teaches them that just because they are a little different doesn't mean they aren't just as good as anyone else around them.
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