Sadiq and the Desert Star

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5.3 X 7.6 X 0.4 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Siman Nuurali grew up in Kenya. She now lives in Minnesota. Siman and her family are Somali-- just like Sadiq and his family! She and her five children love to play badminton and board games together. Siman works at Children's Hospital and in her free time she enjoys writing and reading.
Anjan Sarkar's preferred illustration style is "wonky and slightly misshapen," which he realized around the time that he started drawing with his children (who are masters of the wonky line). His work is influenced by illustrators like David McKee, Jill McDonald, and Maurice Sendak, whose books he read as a little person. Anjan is also unhealthily obsessed with a few contemporary illustrators such as Benjamin Chaud, Sara Ogilvie, and Neal Layton. Since becoming a full-time illustrator, he's created illustration for children's books, animation, and advertising. Anjan works from a little studio in his house in Sheffield, England, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


From Siman Nuurali comes fun-loving third grader, Sadiq, and his lively Somali American family. . . .This series is ideal for emergent readers.-- "Booksource Banter"
In this easy chapter book with friendly cartoony illustrations, a Minnesotan boy falls in love with astronomy on a field trip to a planetarium. He and some of his classmates establish a school Space Club then and there. . . .In and out of the story are woven references to the boy's Somali culture; his father tells stories of caravans navigating by the stars, and his mother and sister make and sell sambuus (samosas) for the bake sale.-- "The Planetary Society"
My daughter read the story, and had lots of questions about Berbera, Somalia, where Sadiq was from. . . .My daughter did love the facts about Somalia that was included, as well as the new Somali terms she got to practice. For example, in Somali, a grandfather is awoowe, but in Libyan we use jidu. I also loved the glossary in the back for the astronomy terms, plus the sections that encouraged kids to talk about and write down their thoughts about the book.-- "A Crafty Arab"
This new series, featuring a Somali American Minnesota kid, was an instant hit at my school. HUGE need for this series to exist.-- "Teen Librarian Toolbox"
Sadiq's family is from Somalia, and references to the country, language, and traditions are blended into the text. . . .A pleasant, informative read that blends family and STEM themes; recommended for general purchase.-- "School Library Journal"