SALLY RIPPIN PRESENTS: SUPER MOOPERS By: Fiona Harris and Scott Edgar Reviewed by: Sandy Fussell (www.sandy fussell.com) Everyone is special in Moopertown but not everyone appreciates each other’s quirks. In the first four books we meet Nervous Nellie, Musical Markus, Dramatic Dom and Giggling Gertie.
With loads of white space, lots of colour, engaging characters and the promise of more books to come, these titles are excellent choices for young independent readers.
Each is a simple story with a strong message. It’s OK to be nervous, to sing badly, to be over-dramatic and to giggle all the time. These qualities can be extremely useful in the right circumstances.
Nellie’s nervousness leads to the rescue of a cute little wixie. Markus’ singing is just what a restless baby needs to fall sleep. Dramatic Dom entertains the whole town with a play and Gertie brings a much-needed laugh to a visitor. They are all Super Moopers.
Two things make this series particularly wonderful. The joyous illustrations of Moopertown’s crazy quirky inhabitants and the relatability of these characters.
Every child will find a Mooper to identify with in at least a small way, and that will make them a Super Mooper, too.