Oni. Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781620106891.
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.

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