With 180 invaders already in the Great Lakes, it might take a superhero to keep them out. Luckily, we have one: Sooper Yooper! A new children's book written by Mark Newman and illustrated by the late Mark Heckman, features Billy Cooper, an ex-Navy Seal who lives in the U.P. with his scuba-diving bulldog, Mighty Mac. I spoke with Mark Heckman's wife, Diane, and author Mark Newman about the book and Mark Heckman's legacy.
Top 3 Things to Know about Sooper Yooper:
- A dive in icy Lake Superior to catch a sea lamprey is not for the faint of heart. Please leave this to the professionals.
- Billy Cooper is not a shapeshifter, nor does he have x-ray vision or invisibility. Instead, he's super smart.
- Having trouble getting legislation passed in Congress? No problem for Sooper Yooper. He must have some mighty good lobbying skills.