With Star Ship Reviews, our goal is to bring attention to some of the wonderful independent authors and publishers out there. For this week's entry, we'll be looking at "Super Scar" Written by Melanie Tucker and Illustrated by Ricky Audi.
Super Scar Melanie Tucker
Melanie Tucker is a proud mom of two little boys, including one who has a Congenital Heart Defect. She is passionate about increasing the representation of characters with scars in children's books.
Ricky Audi works as a children's book illustrator. Born and domicilied in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia. Very interested in illustration, children's books, and visual storytelling. proficient in digital painting.
"Super Scar tells the story of a young boy who has a scar from open-heart surgery for his congenital heart defect. Although he may face difficult situations, his super scar gives him the confidence he needs to remember how brave and special he really is."
I quite enjoyed my experience reading 'Super Scar'! It's a short and sweet story that's very effective in getting its point across.
The story is about a little boy who was born with a special heart! Sometimes his condition slows him down and he has to go through certain things that the other children don't. He doesn't let this get him down though because he recognizes that his 'Super Scar' shows him how brave. strong and special he truly is. I think that Melanie has done a wonderful job of not only bringing awareness to a condition that isn't often talked about but also creating such a positive message around it. This book would definitely instill confidence in any child that may feel they're different because of a condition they're faced with.
I felt that the illustrations by Ricky were really nicely done and they fit the story perfectly.
The Mini Interview:
To wrap things up, we've asked Brittany to answer three quick questions for us!
What was your inspiration for the story?
The inspiration for this story was my son Asher. He has Tetralogy of Fallot, a complex congenital heart defect. He has had multiple open-heart surgeries and is the bravest little boy. I wrote this book so he and other heart warriors will be proud of their scar, as it represents how strong and brave they are. I wanted to increase the representation of characters with scars like his in books as well as spread awareness about congenital heart defects.
What was your favorite book growing up?
I have loved to read since I was little. It is hard to choose just one book. I love the Berenstain Bear books and Judy Blume.
What piece of advice would you give to aspiring children’s authors?
I would advise them to write from the heart.
If you'd like to grab your own copy of the book, it can be purchased here: