Book 14 of 2015: Hurayrah the Cat: The Snake Catcher by Farah Morley

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In a bustling oasis called Madinah a small tabby cat, Hurayrah, has lost his friend. The lonely Hurayrah sets out to find him and looks over the bazaar and on top of the mosque.

After searching high and low Hurayrah waits in the mosque, beside a resting man. But with the appearance of a snake, Hurayrah must save the man in peril.

Farah Morley has lectured to diverse audiences, including the BBC, the internationally renowned Beyond the Border festival, the Quest Foundation, and the UK government. She has written and illustrated one other children’s book, The Spider and the Doves.

I recieved this First Reads Goodreads Giveaway book for an honest review.

The first thing I noticed is the adorable cover. It’s the same as the picture above, but brighter in color. I love the artwork and the brightness to it. It instantly caught Bug’s eye and I was “forced” to sit down and allow him to sit on my lap. Needless to say, I did read right then and there.

The story is cute. The kitty doesn’t have a family, but he has good friends. Through a brave act of kindness, Hurayrah finds what he always wanted. The theme to the story shows children that good deeds are rewarded. That’s a good thing to learn.

The names were hard to pronounce, but that’s because of the setting in the book. There is a little glossary in the end for people having trouble with the names and the historical value of those names. You may want to look at that before butchering the book like I did. Luckily, Bug didn’t realize it.

This is a bright and adorable story that draws a childs eye. The story is short enough to keep hold of the limited attention span your child may have (mine has very little attention span). We are keeping this book in our home and I’m more than 100% positive Bug will have me read it again.

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