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By HYPERLINK “” Kritika Bibliophileon December 18, 2017

I have always maintained that I look for two elements in a children’s book. One, how well the book endears itself to the little readers, and two, the message that it puts across.
It is indeed interesting when the two blend together nearer to the climax of the book. And admittedly, children’s books have the most heart-warming of them. This book faired well on both the aspects. It follows the story of a restaurant owner who has to choose between her livelihood and her love for pets. The great part of the story was its uniform tempo and tone. This ensures that each time the book is read, the reader gets to choose what s/he wants to focus on: whether it is the dilemma that she faces, whether it is the solution, whether it is the message of love…as a young reader, you get to choose what you want to focus on. This is what an open-ended, but morally rich book would look like. Yes, I’d call it an epitome.
The illustrations were a treat to the eyes as well. They complimented the story well, and in fact, at times, even stole the limelight. Illustrations in a children’s book should exhibit clarity and capture the plot with all its minor details. The book passes this litmus test also.
All in all, I’d recommend this book to be on the shelf of a young one. (Hope all the parents are listening)