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Children's Fiction Asia

Rani's Remarkable Day

by (author) Saadia Faruqi

illustrated by Anoosha Syed

Initial publish date
May 2023
Asia, Friendship, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


A modern South Asian princess, sparkling writing, lots of humor, and just the right amount of conflict come together for a clever and enchanting friendship story.

Rani lives in a luxurious palace full of busy adults, but she's lonely. Being the only princess in the kingdom is boring, tedious, dull. She has no one to play with—except her baby brother, who doesn't count!

So one morning, Rani decides to leave for the beach in search of adventure. She's sure it will be the opposite of her life in the palace: wonderful, marvelous, fun! But in the world outside the palace walls, Rani isn't a princess anymore, she's just a kid who's not so great at building sandcastles. And what she finds there is something she didn't even know she was looking for: a friend.

Set in a vibrant South Asian–inspired world, this story of a strong-willed princess from two award-winning picture book creators is full of wordplay, heart, and humor.

About the authors


Saadia Faruqi
est une auteure américaine d'origine pakistanaise. Activiste
interconfessionnelle et formatrice en sensibilisation aux réalités
culturelles, elle a déjà été mentionnée dans The Oprah Magazine.
Elle est l'auteure de la série de nouvelles pour adultes Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. Ses essais
ont été publiés dans le Huffington Post, Upworthy, et NBC Asian
America. Elle vit à Houston, au Texas avec son mari et ses enfants.


Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American writer, activist, and cultural sensitivity trainer previously profiled in O Magazine. She is the author of the adult short-story collection, Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. Her essays have been published in Huffington Post, Upworthy, and NBC Asian America. She resides in Houston, Texas.


Saadia Faruqi's profile page

Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani Canadian character designer and the illustrator of over twenty books, including I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, APALA honor book Bilal Cooks Daal by Aisha Saeed, and her author/illustrator debut, That’s Not My Name! Some of her past clients include Netflix, Disney, Target, and Google. In her free time, Anoosha hosts a YouTube channel dedicated to free and accessible art and business education for aspiring illustrators. She lives in Toronto with her husband and cat.

Anoosha Syed's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"What begins as a competition ends up as a collaboration [in this] tale of finding companionship in unexpected ways." — Kirkus Reviews

"In this empowering picture book . . . adjective trios (“valiant,/brave,/courageous!”) enliven uncomplicated plotting [while] Syed’s animation-style digital illustrations add a dose of comedy." — Publishers Weekly

(A Place at the Table) “This warm middle-grade novel explores the lives of first-generation immigrants and the definition of what it really means to be an American.” — Teen Vogue

(A Place at the Table) "There’s a lightness and brightness to the story borne out by the girls’ spunky quest." — New York Times Book Review

(A Place at the Table) "Faruqi's . . . nuanced tale about the thrill of budding friendship is relatable." — Publishers Weekly

(Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero) "Gripping, well-paced, and poignant, this is an essential purchase for all libraries and a must-read book of our times." — School Library Journal (starred review)

(Meet Yasmin) "Readers will be charmed by this one-of-a-kind character and won't tire of her small but significant dilemmas. Faruqi nails the child's perspective. . . . Utterly satisfying." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

(I Am Perfectly Designed) "Exude[s] a breezy spirit of inclusivity." — Publishers Weekly

(Bilal Cooks Daal) "A quietly radical, eminently delightful book." — Kirkus Reviews

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