Katie O’Neill’s next book is coming to Oni Press in early 2020 and it’s aimed at a younger audience. Dewdrop follows an adorable axolotl who cheers on his underwater friends as they bring their talents to the pond’s sports fair.
I’m so happy to be creating a book for younger readers, especially one with themes of mindfulness and self-fulfillment. I hope the ideas in Dewdrop will sew seeds that may stay with children in some small way, and eventually grow when they need them most. It’s also a real honor to help with starting kids reading in any way I can, so I am very excited for them to meet Dewdrop and his friends!
Dewdrop is a pretty chill axolotl who likes naps, worm pie, and cheerleading. 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 at the pond’s yearly sports fair. Pressure mounts as the fair draws closer and everyone wants to be their best. Dewdrop must remind his buds how to be mindful, go at their own pace, and find joy in their own achievements.
Editor Ari Yarwood added:
It’s been an absolute honor to work with Katie O’Neill for the last four years, and I’m so excited for readers to experience her first early reader book in Dewdrop! It’s such a sweet and thoughtful story, and I think children will relate to the adorable characters Katie has created.
O’Neill’s style is a perfect fit for a younger audience. It’s lush and beautiful, full of fantastic colors. This new book preaches the values of friendship, teamwork, healthy competition, and community that the whole family can enjoy. Dewdrop will be available in April 2020 and will retail for $12.99.