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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. 


I got an ARC of this book.

I was approved for this book just a few moments ago. I immediately downloaded it and started reading it. O’Neill is one of my favorite creators for kids right now. I even have the card game based on one of her book series. I will eventually get the board game based on another book.

I adore her art. Everything is amazingly cute. The color choices are just really appealing to me too. Who doesn’t love cute talking creatures like Dewdrop? If you don’t, I don’t know if we could ever be friends. Dewdrop is amazingly adorable. The art alone makes this book enjoyable.

Dewdrop is a MALE who enjoys CHEERLEADING. Yes, that had to be in all caps. The stuff that shows that boys can like “girl” things is so few and far between. To see this book just do it without a second thought and without pointing it out is just magical. Dewdrop is that kid I wish I could see more of. He does what makes him happy and he treats people well. Imagine how much more fun recess would be if there were more Dewdrops around.

The plot was cute enough. It wasn’t as in-depth as some of O’Neill’s other works, which is why it is a four star instead of a five star for me. I just expected a little bit more from O’Neill.

Overall, the book was pretty wonderful. I enjoyed it and I would gladly share this with others. If you have any kids in your life or any fans of axolotls, then this might be a great fit for you. Give it a shot. Read all of O’Neill’s stuff. Become a fan. It won’t be difficult.


4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend this book.

You can buy the book here.