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Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet (Hardcover)

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By Zanib Mian, Nasaya Mafaridik (Illustrator)
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This is book number 1 in the Planet Omar series.

Staff Reviews


In some ways, Omar is like most kids who have just moved – worried about making friends at his new school, wondering about his new teachers, and trying to keep his vivid imagination in check. In other ways, Omar’s family is different: his mom wears a hijab, they celebrate Ramadan, pray five times a day, ask Allah for help when they need guidance, and deal with fear and racism because of their differences. Planet Omar is a combination of laugh-out-loud humor and a tribute to how kindness and knowing each other can help us overcome hate.

— Linda

Description


An exciting #OwnVoices middle-grade debut starring a Muslim boy with a huge imagination

Welcome to the imaginative brain of Omar!

Omar and his family have just moved, and he is NOT excited about starting at a new school. What if the work is too hard or the kids are mean or the teacher is a zombie alien?!

But when Omar makes a new best friend, things start looking up. That is, until a Big Mean Bully named Daniel makes every day a nightmare! Daniel even tells Omar that all Muslims are going to be kicked out of the country . . . Could that possibly be true?

Luckily, Omar's enormous imagination and goofy family help him get through life's ups and downs.

Omar's funny, relatable narrative is the perfect answer to the call for both mirrors and windows to fill bookshelves with diverse stories.

About the Author


Zanib Mian was a science teacher before launching a small independent publisher, Muslim Children's Books. Passionate about representation in children's publishing, she is on the panel of judges for the prestigious Young Muslim Writers Awards.

Nasaya Mafaridik is based in Indonesia. Self-taught, she has a passion for children's books and bright, colourful stationery.

Praise For…


★ “In their #OwnVoices debut, Mian and Mafaridik create a relatable and hilarious story . . . Exploding with personality and imagination, Omar is an easy character to love.” –Booklist, starred review

"A very kid-friendly and appealingly honest story about being different, being labeled 'other.'" --The New York Times Book Review

“Wildly imaginative Omar’s free-association narrative, laced with expressive hand lettering and Mafaridik’s playfully exaggerated line art, remains chipper and uplifting.” –Publishers Weekly

“Mian seamlessly weaves Islamic values and teachings through Omar's chatty narration . . . Readers will be excited to see where Omar’s imagination will take him next.” --Kirkus Reviews

“The playful text is bolstered with illustrations throughout that show off [Omar’s] creativity and imagination. A great #OwnVoices story for children to learn more about connection and empathy.”School Library Journal

“Elementary school readers will find both a funny, relatable new companion and a primer on Muslim family life with the start of this series. . .  Mafaridik’s cartoony artwork and illustrative lettering visualize Omar’s imagination.” -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Product Details
ISBN: 9780593109212
ISBN-10: 059310921X
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Pages: 224
Series: Planet Omar