Yasmin the Detective by Saadia Faruqi

hajar_yehia's review against another edition

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Another cute children picture book. It was fast, on to point and not boring. I love how it was both entertaining as a plot and informative of facts and the culture it speaks for.
The illustrations were colourful and fun. Really great work.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the E-ARC.

srivalli's review

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4 Stars

Yasmin is a cute little girl who loves birds and the show Detective Hoo. When her Naani's (grandmother) items go missing, Yasmin decides to become a detective and solve the case.

This little chapter book is a part of the series and can be read as a standalone. Yasmin comes from a Pakistani-American family, like the author. She is cute, clever, and super sweet (just look at her on the cover!). The story is written in simple words for kids to read on their own (with help from elders, if necessary).

This book is perfect for inquisitive little ones. It has questions and activities at the end to help elders make things more fun for the kids. Oh, there’s a glossary with meanings for Urdu words and some information about Pakistan. The illustrations are lovely. The color scheme and expression come out really well.

To sum up, Yasmin the Detective is an entertaining and informative read for little kiddos.

I received an ARC from NetGalley, Capstone, and Picture Window Books and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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sarasreadingnook's review

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This is a very beautifully illustrated chapter book written by Pakistani American author  Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Egyptian-born illustrator Hatem Aly. In this book, Yasmin's grandmother loses several objects which include a button, a thimble, and a pair of glasses and Yasmin is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery at play!

I really enjoyed the illustrations and thought they were drawn beautifully! The colours and the image placements were done very well throughout the book. Each character has distinct features  and focused on elements that enhanced the story well. For example, the image that showed Yasmin watching her favourite detective Dr. Hoo while being completely engrossed in the story as  Nani comes in to discuss her dilemma. It introduced characters and their interests well. 

There are some discussion prompts that are helpful for learners and educators and there is a Urdu glossary at the end with a pronunciation key for  various terms in Urdu. Fun facts were provided about Pakistan at the end of the book, and a binocular DIY guide is added in for extra fun!

Regarding the story, I really enjoyed Yasmin and her family and I thought it provided a fun and easy to follow mystery to be solved for young readers. I did have one qualm re: the story when it came to the retrieval of items, though it's very minor, I simply think that both parties could have been happier at the end. Nonetheless, it was very cute! And a good read for readers K-2. 

Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

mistressviolet's review

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informative lighthearted fast-paced


A fun detective story for children that promotes cultural awareness. It's also interesting in that it teaches readers a bit about crows – some interesting facts that I think kids will totally dig. 

This book also contains an Urdu glossary, some fun facts about Pakistan, and an arts and crafts project. Informational and interactive. 

our_bookish_reads's review

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adventurous funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes


The art in Yasmin is adorable and my kids absolutely love the stories! They're all cute and pull the kids in! The chapters and sentences are short and very easy for the kids to keep interesting in and entertained