9 Nov 2022

#Review: ONCE UPON AN EID by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed


Author: S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed
Series: N/A
Source: Audio from Libro.fm
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
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Once Upon an Eid is a collection of short stories that showcases the most brilliant Muslim voices writing today, all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid!

Eid: The short, single-syllable word conjures up a variety of feelings and memories for Muslims. Maybe it’s waking up to the sound of frying samosas or the comfort of bean pie, maybe it’s the pleasure of putting on a new outfit for Eid prayers, or maybe it’s the gift-giving and holiday parties to come that day. Whatever it may be, for those who cherish this day of celebration, the emotional responses may be summed up in another short and sweet word: joy. The anthology will also include a poem, graphic-novel chapter, and spot illustrations.
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Content Warningislamaphobia, cancer, death of a parent, bullying, bigotry

There were some really great stories in here and some that I wasn't a huge fan of, but overall I really enjoyed this! Each of these stories have themes of family, love, and friendship. I felt like they heavily skewed towards Middle Grade and younger readers, which I thought was great since I want to start reading more of that.

The best thing I found about this anthology is that all the characters were portrayed so unrealistically good or perfect. They had flaws which they realized in the stories. I also loved seeing the ways that cultures intermixed and how people wanted to learn more about themselves, another culture, and each other.⁣

I would recommend reading this at the end of Ramadan and for Eid! It was a great collection that makes you want to celebrate.

Have you read this book? Are you going to pick this up?

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