Coming Soon: “Ali the Great and the Market Mishap”

Faruqi’s prose weaves in Urdu phrases and cultural specificity as Rahmalia draws upon brightly colored illustrations to convey Ali’s emotions. The book also includes an Urdu glossary, discussion questions, a list of jokes, and a list of cultural snacks.

Coming Soon: “Ali the Great and the Market Mishap”

Saadia Faruqi’s new picture book, illustrated by Debby Rahmalia, is a story of a mishap at the South Asian market. Ali Tahir loses something very important — his brother! On a market trip to stock up on snacks with their grandfather, Ali and his little brother Fateh venture off on their own to find snacks of their own liking, and after Fateh nearly knocks down an entire display to get a bag of chips, Ali realizes he has to keep a very close eye on him. Despite Ali’s many efforts to prevent further disaster, Fateh disappears out of sight, and Ali needs to draw upon his problem-solving skills to find his brother.

Faruqi’s prose weaves in Urdu phrases and cultural specificity as Rahmalia draws upon brightly colored illustrations to convey Ali’s emotions. The book also includes an Urdu glossary, discussion questions, a list of jokes, and a list of cultural snacks. Along with “Ali the Great and the Market Mishap,” “Ali the Great and the Dinosaur Mistake,” “Ali the Great and the Eid Party Surprise” and “Ali the Great and the Paper Airplane Flop” are all publishing simultaneously as part of the series. 

The book’s description reads:

“Ali Tahir loses something important at the market — his brother! Who’s hungry? Ali, his grandfather, and little brother Fateh head to the South Asian market to stock up on snacks. So much to see! But what Ali can’t see is Fateh.… Where did he go? Will Ali’s quick thinking save the day? ‘Ali the Great,’ by Yasmin author Saadia Faruqi, is a charming chapter book series about Pakistani American second grader Ali Tahir. Ali’s big ideas will resonate with young readers who believe that every problem has a creative solution—you just have to find it!”

Saadia Faruqi is a prolific writer, with books published for early readers, middle grade, and for young adults. She is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a literary magazine for Muslim art, poetry, and prose. Faruqi is also the author of “The Wonders We Seek: Thirty Incredible Muslims Who Helped Shape the World,” a book about thirty Muslims throughout history who shaped the world. 

Debby Rahmalia is an author and illustrator based in Indonesia. She graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology, and pursued illustration as a career after she had her first baby. Her clients include Penguin Random House, Albert Whitman & Co, Oxford University Press, and Macmillan Children. 

Pre-order Ali the Great and the Market Mishap here.