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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FUNDAY TELEGRAPH -

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.

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