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Orca Muslim-Interest through July 2023

Moondragon In The Mosque Garden
By (author): El-Farouk Khaki By (author): Troy Jackson Illustrated by: Katie Commodore
El-Farouk Khaki , Troy Jackson ,

Illustrated by :

Katie Commodore


Flamingo Rampant - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Paperback , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Sep 22, 2017
$18.95 CAD


8.25in x 10.75 x 0.25 in | 160 gr

Page Count:

28 pages


Colour illustrations
Flamingo Rampant
  • Short Description
Tajalli, Mujtaba, and Aasiya just want a break from adult conversations. They go to check out the old garden in their new mosque building, and end up making a new friend and learning an important lesson about caring for the earth.
A playful exploration into the older parts of the Mosque leads to a magical, eco-friendly adventure!

The adults are being so boring—Tajalli, Mujtaba, and Aasiya just want a break. They disappear from the rest of the families to explore the old garden in their new Mosque—and meet a magical creature! Moondragon appears in the old garden’s fountain and surprises the children with wonderful, engaging lessons about how to care for the earth.

Key Selling Points

  • A magical, BIPOC-centered story set inside a Mosque, following two siblings and their nonbinary friend.
  • This book offers a bright representation of Muslim families spending time together.
  • The magical dragon that appears teaches the children a valuable lesson about environmental stewardship.

El-Farouk Khaki (he/him) is a refugee lawyer, founder of Salaam: Queer Muslim Community (1991), and co-founder & imam of el-Tawhid Juma Circle: The Unity Mosque (2009). He is a co-owner of the Glad Day Bookshop, the world’s oldest LGBTIQ bookshop. Recipient of many awards and recognitions of his legal and spiritual activism, he is an activist, public speaker, writer, author & media commentator on: Islam, spiritual/religious trauma, LGBTIQ/human rights, refugees, politics, racism, HIV, & queer parenting.

Troy Jackson is a Black Nova Scotian, father, husband, Muslim, writer, performer and clothing designer based in Toronto. Troy’s work has shown at TIFF/Toronto International Film Festival, Inside Out Film Festival and at the Art Gallery of Ontario respectively. Jackson is also co-founder of the El-Tawhid Juma Circle Unity Mosque, a gender-equal, and LGBTQ2IS affirming Islamic Mosque founded in 2009.

A little-known fact about Katie Commodore is that she was born in Delaware, but didn’t live there long. Her amazing, indulgent, interracial parents instilled in her a love of travel and art and the knowledge that change is good. She currently lives in a Victorian mansion in Providence, Rhode Island, something she actually foretold in an autobiography she wrote in the 3rd grade. Katie is an exhibiting artist and is on the faculty at Rhode Island School of Design.

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