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

May 1st, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

Description: DEWEYis the heartwarming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa, as told by his owner and companion of nineteen years, Vicki Myron, the librarian who found him on a frigid January morning when he was abandoned as a kitten in the book drop slot. It is also the story of a remarkable small town, which burned down at the beginning of the Depression, only to rebuild itself, and which was almost shuttered during the farm crisis of the 1980s, before regrouping and rededicating itself to small town American values. Dewey’s local charm and worldwide fame became a symbol of hope for this recovering town. Through Dewey’s antics, we come to know and love many of the colorful and inspiring people of Spencer. But perhaps the most inspiring person in Spencer is Vicki Myron herself, a single mother who survived the bankruptcy of her family farm and working in a box factory to put two of her brothers through college to become one of the leaders of the Iowa library system. Dewey is one lovable, roguish cat who managed to transform an entire town and inspire people across the globe.

I absolutely loved this book and I’m not even a cat lover.  You can’ t help but come to love Dewey as you read about his rescue, his day to day life and how he touched the lives of so many people.  By the end of the book I was in tears and wished I had a chance to meet the real Dewey in person.  Cat lover, dog lover, whatever you may be you will love this book!

Posted in 5 Star Books, Books, Non-fiction

3 Responses

  1. Katie

    I got this for Christmas and haven’t goten around to it yet…looking forward to it!

  2. dsuzuki

    Yeah, I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile but the wait list from the library took forever. Glad I read it.

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