by K O'Neill (Author) K O'Neill (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Dewdrop

"The axolotl-cheerleader picture book you didn't know you were waiting for." - Kirkus

From the author of The Tea Dragon Society comes Dewdrop, the delightful children's tale of an adorable axolotl who cheers on his underwater friends as they each bring their talents to the pond's sports fair!

Dewdrop is an easygoing, gentle axolotl who enjoys naps, worm pie, and cheerleading. When the yearly sports fair nears, he and his friends--Mia the weightlifting turtle, Newman the musical newt, and three minnows who love to cook--get ready to showcase their skills to the whole pond! However, as the day of the fair gets closer, Dewdrop's friends can't help putting pressure on themselves to be the best. It's up to Dewdrop to remind them how to be mindful, go at their own pace, and find joy in their own achievements.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--It's the day of the sports fair and the creatures of the pond are almost done with their preparations. Some will participate in the events, while others will perform or provide culinary delights. Dewdrop, a pink, frilly-looking axolotl, can't wait for the fun to begin. She knows she is ready. The same can't be said for her friends, though. Doubt fills their minds because they can't help but wonder if they are good enough. That's when the ever-optimistic Dewdrop helps each character realize that if they can take pride in what they accomplish, then they did just fine. With its adorable graphic designs and fluffy palette, this picture book-sized graphic novel uplifts the spirit. While the message is on-the-nose in terms of the text, that should assist those just becoming acquainted with the format. The panels are easy enough to follow, too. VERDICT A sweet, early age graphic novel-style tale with an encouraging message.--Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont.

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
K O'Neill
K. O'Neill is an Eisner and Harvey Award-winning illustrator and graphic novelist from New Zealand. They are the author of Princess Princess Ever After, Aquicorn Cove, The Tea Dragon series and Dewdrop, all from Oni Press. Their books reflect their interest in tea, creatures, things that grow, and the magic of everyday life.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
May 20, 2020
Age Range
5 - 8 years
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