I originally bought this book in Ramadan and had hoped to review it so that those looking for Ramadan books could benefit. But it isn’t Ramadan specific, just moon themed, and I really was so disappointed with the binding quality for the amount I paid for it, I didn’t think it was fair to review the story until I could get over the number of blank white pages in the book, and the overall copy-shop self-printed and bound vibe that the book emits as soon as you hold it.
The premise of the book is the hadith that if you see something bad you should change it with our hands, and if you can’t, then change it with your tongue, and if you can’t do that, then pray for them in your heart.
The 16 page book starts off a bit awkward, with the boy just staring at the moon, but by page five, the story hits its stride and is sweet. The moon dims and is sad about the state of the world. Ali starts talking to the moon in rhyming lines, and convinces him that there is still good in the world. The moon and Ali decide that at night they will pray for the world and the people in it.
The end of the book has the hadith and the surahs one should say before going to sleep: Surah al-Ikhlaas, Surah al-Falaq, then Surah an-Nas and lastly, Ayatul Kursi.
The illustrations are cute, they are expressive and the moon and boy sweet. I just wish the paper had more weight and that the story a bit longer. A lot could be discussed with the premise of the Muslim boy talking to the moon with a great vantage point. More specifics and more inspiration would have made this mediocre, albeit expensive book, great.