The creator of the award-winning The Tea Dragon Society will return with a new graphic novel, Dewdrop, in 2020.
Katie O’Neill announced the young reader’s project during the Oni Press panel at Comic-Con International this past weekend.
“I’m so happy to be creating a book for younger readers, especially one with themes of mindfulness and self-fulfillment,” Katie O’Neill said. “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!”
Here’s how Oni describe sthe project: 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.
“Weightlifting turtle.” Awesome.
“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,” said Editor Ari Yarwood. “It’s such a sweet and thoughtful story, and I think children will relate to the adorable characters Katie has created.”