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PRHC June 2022 Kids Key Titles (Eastern)

Planet Omar: Epic Hero Flop
By (author): Zanib Mian Illustrated by: Kyan Cheng
Zanib Mian ,

Illustrated by :

Kyan Cheng


G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers



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Children: Age (years) 7 - 10, Grade (US) 2 - 5
Jun 14, 2022
$18.99 CAD


8in x 5.25 x 0.78 in | 0.59 lb

Page Count:

208 pages


G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
Omar and his friends are up to a new heroic adventure in the fourth installment of this highly-illustrated middle-grade series starring a Muslim boy with a huge imagination.

Is there ever a good time to tell a lie?

When his best friend Daniel messes up at school, Omar decides to take the blame to save Daniel from getting in trouble—which makes Omar feel like a total hero!

Being treated like a hero feels great, so he does it again. But then something more serious happens, and all eyes land on Omar. Uh-oh.

The principal is convinced that Omar must have done it. Will he and his friends be able to prove his innocence, or is his good reputation ruined forever?

Series Overview: Accidental Trouble Magnet (#1): POB Feb 2020, DG Jan 2022 

Unexpected Super Spy (#2): POB Sept 2020, DG May 2022 

Incredible Rescue Mission (#3): POB May 2021, DG Jan 2023

Epic Hero Flop (#4): POB June 2022, DG May 2023 

Untitled (#5): POB April 2023

GREAT RECEPTION TO OMAR: Omar has been chosen as a Global Read Aloud, NPR Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Best Book of the Year, and a USBBY Outstanding International Book Selection among many other accolades.

COLLECT ALL 4 BOOKS: When this book pubs there will be 4 Planet Omar books out in the span of less than two years, keeping Omar at the front of shelves and kids’ minds.

WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS: This is an important series that Zanib Mian wrote for children who do not normally see themselves in stories about everyday struggles.

PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS: Omar’s wonderful point of view shows that with a little creativity and a lot of love, life’s biggest problems can always be solved, even if it’s not in the way you thought.

POIGNANT AND HUMOROUS: Omar’s narration is friendly, funny, and accessible. It’s a wonderful mixture of breezy and thoughtful as the highs and lows of the story play out.

ENERGETIC AND VISUAL PACKAGE: Illustrations and bold design throughout highlight Omar’s big imagination and positive outlook on life. The paper-over-board format is perfect for backpacks and bus rides.

PAPERBACKS COMING!: Plans are in the works for Omar paperbacks to start coming out in spring 2023.

Zanib Mian was a science teacher before launching a small independent publisher, Muslim Children’s Books. Passionate about representation in children’s publishing, she is on the panel of judges for the prestigious Young Muslim Writers Awards.

Author Residence: England

Kyan Cheng is a UK-based illustrator working mostly in publishing and greeting cards. Kyan's most recent work includes Bella Broomstick series by Lou Kuenzler. When Kyan is not busy drawing or crafting, they love to cook, spend time with family and friends, and explore the great outdoors!

Illustrator Residence: Bristol, England

Marketing: National media campaign 

Online promotion and social media outreach 

Extensive librarian and educator outreach 

Praise for Planet Omar: Epic Hero Flop

“A delightful, relevant addition to a very strong series…Omar’s lessons on mindfulness are timely.” –School Library Journal

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