A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Although meant to be entertaining, Huda F Cares? offers a nuanced portrait of one Muslim family's life. Huda's parents stress the importance of education.
Kids should be proud of their heritage, Muslim or otherwise. It's hard to stand up to your friends when they're being jerks, but it's always important to try. It's more important how you see yourself than others do.
Positive Role Models
Huda is a good role model, fun-loving but responsible. The sisters sometimes don't get along, which is OK, since they've been taught to watch out for each other. "Sisters stick together!"
Huda, the main character, is self conscious about what others think of her family when they pray, but over the course of the story, she grows more comfortable and confident in the ways her family practices their faith. Visitors to Disney World are depicted as mostly White. The author, Huda Fahmy, loves using comics as a way to write about being a visibly Muslim woman so kids have characters they can relate to.
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Violence & Scariness
A boy grabs Huda around the waist and pulls her in to him while calling her "hot," She shoves him off her and runs away. Later, the same guy who made a pass at Huda sexually harasses Dena and tries to take off her hijab and she hits him. She tells Huda about the time she got suspended for kneeing a boy in the testicles at her old high school. After this, their parents moved the family to Dearborn, where they'd be in a community with more Muslim representation and less discrimination
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A handful of swear words: "hell," "pissed," and "sucks." Perhaps more offensive are the use of racially charged words and phrases like; "ISIS," "Raghead," and "Mozlem," in scenes with boys who verbally harass them.
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Products & Purchases
The family are vacationing at Disney World, and Epcot Center, and other park landmarks are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
To Huda's surprise, an adult patron is shown drinking a beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Huda Fahmy's Huda F Cares? is a sequel to the graphic novel Huda F Are You? This time Huda, her mom, dad, and four sisters are going to Disney World in their beat-up SUV. If they can survive 24 hours together, will Huda be able to survive her self-consciousness about her Muslim traditions as she visits the park? While the book is family-oriented and the focus stays mostly on Huda's relationship with her sisters, the book does deal with some serious issues. Language includes Islamophobic slurs ("ISIS," "Mozlem," "Raghead") and "hell" and "sucks." Violence includes three unwanted sexual advances (hands on waists or arms and squeezes), an attempt to remove a character's hijab, a shove, a punch, and a knee to the testicles (in a flashback). One adult is observed drinking a beer.
Is It Any Good?
Writing a sequel can be difficult, but this lively follow-up hits the right notes. In Huda F Cares?, cartoonist Huda Fahmy gives the right treatment to this fictionalized memoir of what could have been a run-of-the-mill vacation tale. The closely observed themes about practicing Islam, Islamophobia, and family life creates a book that's warm, funny, and often surprising.
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