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EMIRATI AUTHOR RELEASES ENDEARING CHILDREN’S TALE: The Secret Life of Dubai's Street Cats

EMIRATI AUTHOR RELEASES ENDEARING CHILDREN’S

-UAE publisher The Dreamwork Collective launches another writer’s debut work

-The book, aimed at 6-9 year olds, is a perfect read-aloud story

Emirati writer Bashayer Arif introduces her debut book, The Secret Life of Dubai’s Street Cats, aiming to create a different image of the Dubai we know and love, while delivering key messages of friendship, bravery, kindness, forgiveness, and animal welfare.

Published by UAE-based The Dreamwork Collective, The Secret Life of Dubai’s Street Cats takes us on a humourous but impactful journey through a city populated by thousands of street cats.

Our hero, Sharpclaw, is no ordinary street cat. She’s a feisty Arabian Mau and a born leader. Together with her two best friends, Twitch and Blacktail, she roams the streets of Dubai, naps in the sun and meows happily at the kind humans who feed her.

Sharpclaw can handle any kind of trouble. But when a terrifying house cat called Killtooth moves into the neighbourhood, the trio’s peaceful lives are shaken up. Can they successfully escape from Killtooth and find a new home for themselves? Join the three street cats as they explore the city of Dubai in a story of friendship, forgiveness and feline wiles.

The author has a degree in English Literature and has worked as a freelance copywriter, proof reader and editor. She believes in the profound power of storytelling and credits her passion for books for shaping who she is today.

“My book features a strong female lead character and some powerful messages that will resonate with parents and children alike. I hope it encourages young readers to develop empathy and understand our human impact on the natural world around us,” she says.

Bashayer’s book is lavishly illustrated in creative, muted tones by Eilis Boyle, an Irish multidisciplinary designer and illustrator, whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Financial Times, and L’Officiel.

Kira Jean, founder and CEO of The Dreamwork Collective, adds: “This charming story adds a wonderful touch of whimsy to our growing portfolio of children’s books. Our ethos is to provide a publishing platform for those who might not otherwise have had a voice, and Bashayer looks set to carve a fantastic niche with books like this – delivering a fun story with strong underlying messages.”

The book is now available from all good bookstores and directly from

Print Format: 22 cm x 17 cm, 88 pages

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