Dewey

Dewey

by Vicky Myron with Bret Witter

Overview: In the tradition of Marley: A Dog Like No Other, this is the story of a cat who was more than a pet, and the amazing effect he had on the people around him. Abandoned in a library book drop slot in the dead of winter, this remarkable kitten miraculously endured the coldest night of the year. Dewey Readmore Books, as he became known, quickly embraced his home inside Spencer's public library, charming the struggling small town's library-goers, young and old. As word of Dewey's winning tail, or rather his tale, spread, the library cat gained worldwide fame as a symbol of hope and proof positive that one small cat could change a town, one reader at a time.

Faith Bowers (07/03/17): We are cat lovers in our family so I had to read this book. I enjoyed it very much. Being an amazing cat goes both ways as mentioned by Vicki Myron. She was a wonderful understand cat mom. I was so glad that she was able to find another cat when the time was right.
Rating: ***

Debbie Weiss (06/28/17): This is definitely a feel-good book. You absolutely fall in love with Dewey and think of your own pet with each action and trick that Dewey performs. The librarian who found Dewey in the book slot claims to have a special connection with the gregarious feline --- but which pet owner doesn't absolutely feel the same way about his or her best friend? I think that is what is so special with our pets --- we are all convinced that ours is the best on earth, and we are all correct! (I also love Dewey's full name: Dewey Readmore Books.)
Rating: ***+

Elaine Marlin: This is a wonderful, simple , true story of a nineteen year relationship between a gorgeous, smart and endearing orange tabby cat, and the head librarian and indeed, all of the staff and many of the patrons at the town library in Spencer, Iowa. The kitten was dropped in the book drop in 1987, in the middle of a freezing winter night. He was found in the morning inside the library book drop box.

The main story is how the cat, which was eventually named Dewey Readmore Books, spent his days. He was loved unconditionally by the library staff. At least two generations of townspeople from Spencer were able to interact with him. He had a full routine, and explored the library from top to bottom. He loved to sit on laps of patrons, and seemed to choose those who needed his attention the most. The story touched my heart, as my family has loved and housed two very similar in appearance orange tabby strays, one for 12 years and the next for 13 years. The final weeks that Dewey spent were very similar to the final weeks with my beloved Monty, who passed away a year ago! I was crying buckets, but, the life of this wonderful cat , not his final passing, was the focus!

The author, who was the head librarian, paints a very realistic picture of small town life in a wonderful town in the heartland of our country! We get descriptions of cornfields, main street, and the trials and tribulations of a town enduring economic lows, and then regrowth. I feel like a was peering into a town, able to witness the wonders of small town life! I fell in love with Dewey, as did the local library patrons, as well as tourists who had read about him in newspapers, magazines, and seen his story in documentaries!
Rating: ****

Judy Stanton: OK...I confess, I am NOT a cat lover. If this was not a book club assignment, I wouldn't have read it. I did read Marley & Me and loved it, but cats, well, I wasn't so sure. But, the book won me over at last. While Dewey is obviously the star of the book and with it being the history of his life, you know the end, I enjoyed the book because it turned out to be a bigger story about life, love, relationships, small town living, accepting & coping with life's ups & downs, and how one little cat could make such a difference! It is a light, quick read, with cute photos and lots of interesting anecdotes. I've worked with nursing homes and rehab centers where they offered pet therapy; this book reminded me of that wonderful healing relationship beteween people and animals.
Rating: ***

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