Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron

No. of pages: 304
Rating: 7/10

Synopsis: Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived a lot herself. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.

Review: When Vicki Myron goes to work one freezing January morning, the last thing she expects to find is a tiny kitten in the overnight returns box of the library she works in. However, that is exactly what she found, and there in started the story of Dewey Readmore Books, the library cat of Spencer, Iowa. The book chronicles the 19 years Dewey spent living in the library, and also the life of Vicki Myron, the author of the book.

A sweet, funny book about a crazy cat who loves being the object of so much love and attention. Starting with finding Dewey in the library overnight drop off box, the book tells about how the library board allowed Dewey to remain in the library as a library cat, and how Dewey became famous the world over because of his story. Definitely an enjoyable read, although I don't really understand why the author felt she needed to write about her childhood and family problems, when the book is marketed as being a book about just Dewey. I just felt it was unnecessary and took away from the main story that was trying to be told, however, it is very clear that Vicki Myron adored Dewey. Some of the hijinks that are written about did make me laugh aloud, he seemed a very happy cheeky little cat, and this is a lovely summary of his life. Recommended to fans of cats, or animals in general, and to people who enjoyed Marley and Me.
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