Nine-year-old Yusaf’s older sister is getting married and he is faced with a summer of change. Suddenly having to be “the man of the house”, when he isn’t even sure what that means, is daunting. It would be much easier if the wedding were called off, his sister stayed home and everything remained the same. Full of plotting and mischief, he sets off on a hilarious quest to ruin everything.
This story is a brilliant window into everyday life for so many children. Yusaf’s family’s Bangladeshi-British culture is vibrant and leaps off the page. The importance of everyday happenings including family dynamics, what to eat, what to wear, how to speak to people, routines and traditions are described clearly with authentic vocabulary. As an incredibly funny, realistic fiction book, readers will be able to celebrate their similarities and their differences.
Mayhem Mission has been written in a chatty, accessible style that will engage readers and make them laugh out loud at Yusaf’s antics. His relationship with the women in his life – his Nanu (grandmother), Amma (mum) and big sister – are so relatable and his cheekiness will win over even the strictest adult.
I thoroughly enjoyed this heart-warming story of a family who really loves each other.
Thank you to Knights Of and ed public relations for this unique, fun book!
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