Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

A Five Star Pick

DeweyLook at this face and dare yourself to tell me that you can supress the urge to say, “Awwwwwww!”  Those who know me will understand how I felt about this book because I own a cat as well, but I also just love any kind of animal (I used to be such a dog fanatic—still am).  The nice thing about this book is that it is considered a pet memoir: the author talks about how an animal has changed their life through tough times, but also how this so-called remarkable animal is worthy enough for its own biography.  This memoir is perfect for librarians (or people who love libraries) and for those that love our fine feline friends.  Dewey was found as a frozen little kitten in the drop-box book bin of the Spencer Public Library, Iowa.  The librarian, Vicki Myron, was the lucky person who found him.  It was decided that the library would adopt this kitten and give him the appropriate name: Dewey.  The joy he brought to not only library staff but to all the patrons, is touching.  Myron tells us of the hardships within the community and her own topsy-turvey life, while including Dewey as the character who changed things positively.  The book is a lovely tribute to another furry individual with a charming personality who had so much love to give.  He was loyal to his human companions in exchange for humans having saved his life.  There is even a children’s version about Dewey’s story that was beautifully done, called Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library!  Both are a must-read.

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