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Book Review for: The Secret Life of Dubai’s Street Cats by Bashayer Arif, Illustrated by Eilis Boyle

By SAMAMA, Mar 28 2021 11:21AM

You can call me dramatic all you want, but The Secret Life of Dubai’s Street Cats really made my heart melt – in a good way. The book portrayed the life of the street cats and their scary yet peculiar adventures so profoundly and so beautifully, that I fell in love! The arts on it simply magnified the beauty of it all.


I completed this book in one sitting; it was that marvelously written. I know for sure that both the kids and adults would love this book immensely. The story was almost like a roller coaster ride for me, it made me smile, it made me laugh, and it saddened me whenever the cats got sad or hungry. The personality of each cat was so distinct and so adorable, so down-to-earth and so innocent that I ended up forming an unbreakable bond with the 4 cutie catties in just an hour.


I would highly recommend this to kids, as by reading this book, they will understand animals. This book will teach them to love them, to respect their presence and recognize the fact that they have feelings too! When they learn to respect animals, they’ll learn to respect humans and the world too...

We as adults have a lot to learn from children’s books as well - we should read them sometimes; as they have the ability to remind us of the basic values of life, empathy and friendship, something we often forget along the way as we grow up.


5/5 stars for this marvelous book.


And lastly, you must know, both cats and dogs are lovely creatures. My heart breaks for all the poor street cats and dogs out there that need food and water but can’t find them, so they go to sleep starving. Let’s all take out a minute to pray for them. Let’s pray that all the cats and dogs of the world gets plenty of food and love tonight, and every night ahead. I believe if we pray hard enough, it’ll come true. x

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