This book is now out of print because it is being republished by Hodder Children's as Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet. The new version contains all of the content from the original book, but has been expanded with hilarious new scenes and re-illustrated with stunning doodle artwork by Nasaya Mafaridik!
Planet Omar is not available on our website, but you will find it at all major retailers and indie bookshops, including Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstones and Foyles. Learn more at the Planet Omar tab on our website.
'The Muslims,' was:
WINNER OF THE LITTLE REBELS AWARD
NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 CARNEGIE MEDAL
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 UKLA AWARD
2018 Little Rebels Award Winner: Praising the winning title, judge Patrice Lawrence said, “This is a very funny and very effective challenge to the widespread misrepresentation of Muslims in the news. More children need to get to read this book”. Judge Emily Drabble added, “If more children read The Muslims, the world could be a better place” and Darren Chetty said, “A fantastic book full of humour and eccentricity – The Muslims finds a way to explore racism and Islamophobia without allowing the characters to be defined by these things”.
'The unusual thing about this book is that Omar is not defined in any way by the bullying or racism he experiences, and despite dealing with deep themes, it's as light as a feather and hilariously funny. It's a curious mixture that somehow works perfectly because of the charm of Omar... and the ending is as warm as toast.
Non-Muslim readers will find they've unconciously learned a massive amount about the Islamic faith and culture, while Muslim readers will have a wonderful (and sadly rare) experience of reading about a family like theirs.'
For 8-12 year olds