Sloppy Takes the Plunge

illus. by Sean Julian. 32p. North South. Sept. 2018. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735843066. POP
PreS—Another heartwarming installment from the author/illustrator. Sloppy the tree dragon is back and this time, he is jumping in puddles and getting completely muddy. His friend Dewdrop convinces him that he needs a bath, but only after he decides to set a good example for a group of reluctant ducklings by jumping into the crisp, clear water. To his amazement, Sloppy loves his bath and is finally clean enough to thank his friend for her encouragement with a big hug, and a bit of mischief! The story is fun, humorous, and one that many children will relate to—not wanting to take a bath. The illustrations are very appealing, with the happily cartoonish characters infused with rich, warm colors that are full of depth and dimension. Sloppy's caring and helpful nature is contagious, and the innocence of this picture book for young children is refreshing.
VERDICT Fans of Sloppy and newcomers alike will be delighted with this latest installment.

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