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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!
Oliver and the Seawigs - Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre

This is the best children’s book I’ve read since Neil Gaiman’s FORTUNATELY, THE MILK. Actually, I’d put it right up there with that one for imagination and sheer fun. I don’t know if Philip Reeve’s books are all written this well (it looks like the other books are tailored for a little older crowed), but I’ll definitely check them out.



First up, what is a seawig? Well, of course, it is a wig made of seaweed and other items from the sea. Of course. And, the moving rock island needs help from his friends if he wants to win the seawig contest. Between the submarine, monkeys, mermaid, and albatross, it all gets mixed up. Oh, and the missing parents. That too.



The writing is great, but I’m sure happy to see the pictures, too. Sarah McIntyre did a bang-up job of providing the flavor of the writing in drawing form. Look closely and you’ll see little hidden charms in each of the drawings. Besides getting more of Reeve’s books, I’ll be looking for McIntyre’s illustrations as well, probably starting with THERE’S A SHARK IN THE BATH.



There’s not much I can add to this besides a “thank you” to Random House for providing me an electronic review copy of this book. This is something kids will enjoy, but plenty of us grown-ups, too.