Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet


‘Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet’ is the first in a series about Omar and his family. Omar has a knack for walking into trouble. He doesn’t mean to, it’s just there’s a lot to think about, remember and plan. We join him as his family moves to a new home to accommodate his mother’s ‘dream job’. How can Omar choose which ‘bits and bobs and toys’ to pack? There’s so much to consider. The biggest issue is whether anyone will like him…

School offers a teacher with emotional hair, opportunities for friendship and someone who causes uncertainty for Omar. There’s further trouble with Mrs Rogers, the neighbour, who complains about Omar’s family’s culture, noise and spicy food.

‘Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet’ is a riot. Omar’s warmth and openness might annoy Maryam, but delight his readers. We empathise with being new, understanding how much more testing this must be should your culture be different, too. This is no ‘lesson book’ but a real story, with a fully realised main character and family. The family jokes and knowledge are delightful and somehow familiar. Omar’s reflections and interpretations are emphasised so illustratively by Nasaya Mafaridik.

I look forward to the second title in this series. Meanwhile, ‘Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet‘ is a highly recommended Bookwagon book.



Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet

Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik

(Hachette Children’s Books)

Omar is moving house. His tummy is full of snakes and he’s having bad dreams. What can settle him? Spitting over his shoulder three times? Saying a dua? That’s what Omar’s parents would do. ‘Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet‘ is the first title in an engaging, heartfelt series. Can Omar settle into his new home? Will he make friends?

Winner of the ‘Little Rebels’ award


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