2018 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Sloppy the tree dragon wants a hug, but Dewdrop the sprite isn’t going to give him one, for a very good reason.
About the Author
Sean Julian enjoyed art from an early age, focusing on potato printmaking and creating plasticine dinosaurs. He now focuses his talents on children’s book illustrations. His pictures delight and entertain. Sean lives in Bristol (UK).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are some great things about this book, but there is also one thing I do not like which is why I did not hive it 5 stars. Sloppy is a tree dragon who really wants a hug from his friend Dewdrop the sprite. Dewdrop however does not want to give him a hug and tells Sloppy that he knows why. Sloppy tries various things to get a hug but nothing works.He gets very sad and upset when Dewdrop starts giving everyone else a hug except him. When Sloppy sees that a baby bird has fallen out of his nest, he helps the little bird and Dewdrop sees him do this. She tells Sloppy that she realizes he deserves a hug too and gives him a big one. In return, Sloppy gives her a big sloppy, yucky lick which was why she did not want to give him a hug in the first place. What I loved about this book were the illustrations. They were amazing, full of detail and the expressions on the characters were wonderful. It is also nice to see that even though Sloppy was upset, he helped the bird who was in trouble. What I did not like was the fact that Dewdrop taunted Sloppy by giving all the other animals hugs but now him. When she saw him doing something good, she decided that he deserved a hug. He deserved a hug the same as all the other animals regardless. I think the message is that kindness is rewarded but you would need to make sure that is stressed as well as teaching that Sloppy deserved a hug because they were friends and friends accept each other's faults even if it is sloppy, yucky kisses. Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me with this book via Netgalley.