Halal Hot Dogs

Susannah Aziz, illus. by Parwinder Singh. Little Bee, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4998-1157-5
Inspired by her Brooklynite son’s love of halal hot dogs, Aziz’s buoyant text follows light brown–skinned Musa and his family, who “share a special Jummah treat” every Friday after prayer at the masjid. Since the past few treats have been “interesting”—Baba’s kufte kebabs turned out “perfect... for playing soccer with”—Musa is determined to secure the perfect treat when it’s his turn to choose: halal hot dogs from the stand near the masjid. But when long lines and a mix-up cause apprehension, Musa must problem-solve. Employing Musa’s conversational narration, Aziz weaves in details from the family’s masjid experiences, from dancing dabke on the way there to listening to the khutbah. Singh illustrates in a vibrantly colored, digital animation style, showcasing an inclusive multiethnic community. A delightful look at one contemporary Muslim family’s weekly tradition. Back matter includes an author’s note, a glossary of Arabic words and terms, and an explanation of halal laws. Ages 4–8. (May)
Reviewed on : 05/27/2021
Release date: 05/01/2021
Genre: Children's
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