Book Review: Anisa’s International Day

Posted September 25, 2022 by geograph in contemporary, middle grade, review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Anisa’s International DayAnisa's International Day by Reem Faruqi
Published by HarperCollins on August 26, 2022
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Diversity & Multicultural, Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / Asian American & Pacific Islander, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Friendship
Pages: 112
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

From the award-winning author of Unsettled, meet Anisa, the adorable Pakistani American heroine of this irresistible younger middle grade novel about a girl who introduces her class to the art of mehndi for International Day. Filled with fun black-and-white interior art, recipes, and activities in the back matter and perfect for fans of Meet Yasmin!

"Genuine, sweet, and relatable. Anisa problems solves her way out of more than one sticky situation with sometimes unexpected--and joyful--results." --Maleeha Siddiqui, author of Barakah Beats

Anisa is super-excited about International Day and can't wait to share her mother's samosas with her class. But when someone else has the exact same idea, Anisa is crushed.

Going to her aunt's dholki party gives her an idea for the perfect activity instead--mehndi! There's only one problem: Anisa's best friend doesn't seem to like the idea. She doesn't even seem to like Anisa anymore.

Will Anisa ever get to enjoy International Day?

Are you in third grade and/or did you really enjoy AMERICAN EID? Then this book is for you! A fantastic little story starring Anisa and what she wants to do for her class’s international day. She’s a great younger middle-grade hero, and while there is a MISCOMMUNICATION in the book, it gets resolved in a realistic and happy way. This book has it all: heart, humor, and charm. Also, what a cute cover! Five stars; a great addition to any children’s library.

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