The Trouble with Videos by Hafsa Ahsan
📚 The Trouble with Videos 📚
Author: Hafsa Ahsan
Publisher: Hiba Kidz
Islamic Content: Riyah, having a pure intention
Zayd and Musa's friend Isa has started a YOUtube channel and is creating video content. However, Isa is not being completely genuine in the videos he is making and the toys he is unboxing. This opens up a conversation with the twins' mother about riya, or doing deeds with the intention other than pleasing Allah swt.
This book touches on a subject we are all our kids, and even adults are faced with every day. What this story does so well is it mirrors the initial excitement with the general idea of having your own channel. Then they start dissecting the disadvantages of dishonesty and riya for the sake of subscribers and fame very cleverly. It really showcases how hard it is to create beneficial content without being spiraling into the obsession of going viral. All age appropriate context. The story is written well and thought out. The characters are 9 years old and it is a little awkward that 'Mommy' and 'Daddy' is used to refer to their parents. I would have loved to see the genuine cultural touch and use Baba or Mama. Otherwise I actually really enjoyed this story; it is relevant, well executed, lots of Islam, funny at times. I think this is great option to have at Islamic libraries and classrooms.