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

  • Nov 2, 2008
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Remember Marley: A Dog Like No Other, a canine greatly loved by his master? Well, here is Dewey, an abandoned orange kitten not only beloved by his mistress but by the entire town of Spencer, Iowa.

Dewey's origins were questionable as was his introduction to library director Vicki Myron. January 18, 1988 was a frigid Monday in Spencer. "It was a killing freeze, the kind that made it almost painful to breathe." When Vicki arrived at the library that morning her assistant told her she had heard a noise coming from a metal slot, the library's after-hours drop box behind the building. Soon, they both heard the noise and thought it was an animal. The opening of the box was only a few inches wide, so whatever it was had to be very small. Being metal the box was even colder than it was outside, and there in a corner of the box was a tiny kitten.

It was the most pitiful thing she had ever seen, so thin she could see every rib, and she could feel its heart beating, its lungs pumping. "The poor kitten was so weak it could barely hold up its head, and it was shaking uncontrollably. It opened its mouth, but the sound which came two seconds later, was weak and ragged." But one look into his big eyes and she was Dewey's and he was hers.

Dewey was not the only one who had endured hardship - Vicki was a single mom who had lost the family farm and survived an abusive husband. The people of Spencer were going through tough times during the farm crisis of that time. Depression, ennui seemed to be everywhere.

Nonetheless, Vicki was determined to capture the interest of those who came to the small library and hopefully make them a little happier. With the help of Dewey she did that and more. For 19 years he returned the affection of the townspeople twofold, amusing them, enchanting them, rubbing against many hands in gratitude for their caresses.

What difference can one small animal make? Dewey's story spread across state lines and even around the world. In 2003 Japanese Public Television filmed Dewey, and his obituary ran in well over 200 newspapers. His story will warm your hearts, make you laugh and cry. Don't miss it.
Dewey, The Library Cat

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April 23, 2009
Outstanding review, Gail. I think you really captured the emotion of this story.
April 23, 2009
this books sounds adorable - I've been thinking about picking it up and now I will after this review. It reminds me of all the stray little kitties hanging out by the local library near my house, what a great story!
March 31, 2009
Sounds like a great story- all of my cats have been a little bipolar to say the least- but I've always thought cats were great!!! Go Dewey!
February 15, 2009
Even reading your review about Dewey and he laughing and crying. Good thing I'm over the whole menopause thing or I'd be a real mess, I used to cry at commercials back then!
December 10, 2008
The healing power of animals amazes me. I can only imagine how many lives Dewey touched in that library. I bet if you had a bad day Dewey could cheer you up. Great review!
November 14, 2008
Afraid our cat is a lot less gorgeous but no less lovable. ;-)
November 14, 2008
I love a good cat story! And I love your cat photo. Precious. Is it your cat?
November 08, 2008
Hey Schtinky, Thanks for reading! Gail
November 07, 2008
Great Review Gail! :)
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review by . July 24, 2010
This is a lovely story about the survival of a plucky little cat left to die in a library drop box.  A librarian finds him and turns him into the library's mascot.  Before my own introduction to cats a few years ago through saving three strays, I probably wouldn't have bothered to read this book.  But after saving three kittens from their dead mother, this story pulled at my heart strings.     
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ISBN-13: 978-0-446-40741-0
Author: Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Date Published: September 2008
ISBN: 0446407410
Format: Hardcover, 288pp
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