Planet Omar Unexpected Super Spy
Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya Mafaridik
(Hodder Children’s Books)
Omar has settled into his new home, school and friendships happily. So what causes him to become Planet Omar Unexpected Super Spy? Could it be something to do with his entrepreneurial zeal in fundraising for his local mosque? We realise how special his mosque is to him, for this is the place where his Mum and Dad ‘get these vibes‘ that produce a ‘secret smile‘. Certainly, Omar’s mosque has become somewhere special for his friends, Charlie and Daniel, and neighbour, Mrs Rogers, also. So why is it under threat? How might Omar help raise £30,000 towards its survival?
We met Omar first in Planet Omar Accidental Trouble Magnet. We appreciate his wild imagination, fears and loyalty. It seems like Omar is an approachable, positive boy such as we would love as a friend and classmate. Therefore, his return in Planet Omar Unexpected Super Spy is a joy! Spy? Could it have something to do with Lancelot Macintosh of the very short trousers and unnecessary cane? Well that would be telling and this reader’s lips are super sealed!