ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchanged for an honest review.
This review is being published before the release date (April 7th, 2020)
Friends, it is no secret that I love anything Katie O’Neill publishes! She has a beautiful way of writing and has such beautiful artwork that I fall in love with every time. So when I found out she had a new book coming out, I was ready for a whole new piece of work to fall in love with. Needless to say, this was the cutest and sweetest thing I recently read. I truly felt like I was watching pond life and I think many readers will fall in love with this story.
Our story follows an axolotl named Dewdrop who is preparing to participate in a sports fair with all of their friends. However, long the way of preparing for the events of this fair, Dewdrop’s friends develop anxiety and self-doubt about their talents. So it’s up to Dewdrop to lift their spirits and support their friends no matter what happens!
I loved this book so much. The friendships that Dewdrop has are so precious. Dewdrop really shows what it means to be a true friend and how to be an encouraging, supportive friend. Our main character’s friends slowly develop self-doubt and struggle with anxiety of being good enough. Dewdrop swoops in and lifts their friends up with love, support, and encouragement that truly warms the heart. The friendships and story-line moved me so much that I even reached out at the random to tell my own friends how much I loved them, that they doing well, and that I hope we can see each other soon. I truly believe that this will inspire the younger audience to really value and cherish the friendships they make.
Of course, the art work in O’Neill’s books are always so beautiful, so soft, and really calming to read. I find myself constantly taking each page slowly to absorb the beauty of each page. Every page is it’s own piece of work and every shade really sets the tone for each panel. Even if, for whatever reason, you’re not reading the book for the story-line then the art work will truly capture your attention and your heart.
Overall, I loved this so much. It was an easy five stars from the beginning. I knew with my heart that this was something I needed to read right now and the art work was truly soothing for the soul. If you haven’t read anything by Katie O’Neill yet then I highly recommend checking out any of her books. She is so creative and she writes about some note-worthy lessons that we all need reminders of once in a while. Plus, the art work is stunning. I feel like I always talk about how dreamy and lovely the art work is in each book, but it really is deserving of the highest praise. I can’t recommend O’Neill’s books enough!