Omar is a happy go lucky, normal kid from a loving Muslim family: scientist parents,
an annoying baby brother and a teenage sister, yet he is just the teensiest bit worried about starting at his new school. Daniel the class bully is out to get him and their new neighbour Mrs Rogers is racist and unfriendly despite his mum buying her a box of chocolates. His Pakistani Muslim heritage makes him stand out as different to them but not to his new friend Charlie. Keeping the tone light-hearted, Mian manages to explore the subject of racist bullying while maintaining a positive note and the reader comes away with a clear understanding of life in a Muslim household. Mafaridik's black and white illustrations and playful insertions of enlarged text make for an engaging and fun read and one with a satisfying resolution. This is Book 1 of a series.