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Series: Planet Omar Vol. 1   
Annotation: "Imaginative Omar goes through the ups and downs of starting a new school and making new friends with the help of his wonderful (and silly) Muslim family"-- cProvided by publisher.
Genre: [Humorous fiction]
Catalog Number: #211043
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Mafaridik, Nasaya,
Pages: 205 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-593-10921-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-01728-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-593-10921-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-01728-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2019047166
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Omar, a British Pakistani boy, and his family have just moved to a new home in London, where he will be starting at a new school.Omar worries about a lot of things, especially "walking into a brand-new classroom with everyone watching and a teacher who might or might not be an alien zombie." He has a little brother and an older sister, and his mom and dad are both scientists. (Published in the U.K. in 2019, the text has been Americanized for the U.S. edition.) Omar has a huge imagination that helps him get through difficult situations, envisioning, for instance, "a better way to get to school…on a SUPER-Awesome, Magnificent DRAGON." Mafaridik creatively embellishes the text with sketches and a variety of display types. At his new school, Omar makes friends with Charlie but also meets Daniel, a bully. (Both boys present white.) Omar does not tell his mom because he does not want her to worry, instead using humor and creativity to escape Daniel's cruelty. Mian seamlessly weaves Islamic values and teachings through Omar's chatty narration. At prayer in the mosque, "we went into Rukhu. That's when your hands are on your knees.…Then we went into Sujood." These descriptions and definitions are consistent and brief throughout, moving with the flow of the story. While the story's tone is light, anti-Muslim sentiment is acknowledged and integrated into the narrative.Readers will be excited to see where Omar's imagination will take him next. (Fiction. 8-12)
Publishers Weekly
Originally released in the U.K. as The Muslims, Mian-s middle grade debut features some stock elements: after his family moves, Omar fears he won-t make friends at his new school and that his teacher will be a space alien, is vexed that he-s targeted by bully Daniel, and gets frustrated that his teenage sister has become a -snitch.- In Omar-s daily life and close-knit Muslim family, religion plays a focal role. His narrative incidentally relays-with readers and with his new friend, Charlie-the prayers his family says daily; fasting, feasting, and other rituals of Ramadan; and his scientist mother-s commitment to wearing hijab. Mian also credibly integrates Omar-s hurtful experiences with prejudice, as when Daniel tells the boy that -the worst thing about you- is -You-re Muslim.... You better go back to your country before we kick you all out- (Daniel adjusts his attitude and Omar learns the genesis of Daniel-s bitterness). Yet the dominant tone of wildly imaginative Omar-s free-association narrative, laced with expressive hand lettering and Mafaridik-s playfully exaggerated line art, remains chipper and uplifting. Ages 8-12. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 When Omar's family moves to a new house, that means the 10-year-old must start the year at a new school. Omar is nervous because he thinks he will stand out as the new kid and because he is Muslim. Luckily for Omar, he has a great teacher and makes a new friend, Charlie, right away. But Omar and Charlie become the target of a bully, Daniel, who seems to dislike Omar for no other reason than he is Muslim. Daniel even goes as far as saying that all Muslims will be kicked out of the country. When Omar and Daniel are thrown together into a scary situation, the boys learn more about each other and realize that maybe they don't have to be enemies. Told from Omar's point of view, the playful text is bolstered with illustrations throughout that show off his creativity and imagination. VERDICT A great nVoices story for children to learn more about connection and empathy. Jayna Ramsey, Douglas County Libraries in Parker, CO
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Word Count: 16,795
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 509412 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 820L
Guided Reading Level: M

An exciting #OwnVoices middle-grade debut starring a Muslim boy with a huge imagination. An NPR Best Book of the Year.

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.
-An NPR Best Book of the Year
-USBBY Outstanding International Book Selection
-2020 Global Read Aloud Selection
 -Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
-Middle East Book Award Nominee
-New York Public Library Best Book of the Year (top 10)

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