Oliver Crisp is no stranger to exploration. His parents have been exploring exotic locations ever since he was born. But now all has been discovered and explored and it’s time to settle down. All seemed to go well until the Crisps approached their home. Strange islands are spotted in the ocean and Mr. and Mrs. Crisp being the people they are jump at the chance to explore. For Oliver a life in a real home sounds delicious. As his parents are drawn to the latest venture, Oliver opts to remain ashore in their home and awaits his parents’ return that night. But when they don’t come back it’s up to Oliver to rescue them.
When I received an invitation to review Oliver and the Seawigs I was a little apprehensive as I am with all juvenile fiction. Not only was I wandering out of my boundaries by riding a rather odd sounding story (living islands? evil sea monkeys? egotistic villain? nearsighted mermaid?) it is aimed at rather young readers. Happily it was a cute read. I was really surprised to find that Oliver wasn’t the hideous brats one often encounters in children’s literature. He is realistic yet respectful. His parents can be a little harebrained at times but he doesn’t hold that against them but loves them dearly. Respect, humility and courage are just a few of the values taught in the little story. Highly recommended for young readers. The illustrations were a welcomed addition as well.
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