The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Myron, Vicki

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0446407410
Branch Call Number: 636.8 M998d 2008
Characteristics: viii, 277 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret


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This book tells the story of Dewey Readmore Books, a kitten abandoned in a library bookdrop and adopted as the official library cat of a library in Spencer, Iowa.

A real life library cat... I think every library should have their own cat, don't you?

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Mar 24, 2014
  • stcalico rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I liked it. Would have liked it more if it was more about the cat and less about the author.

Jun 09, 2013
  • cmault rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Perhaps someone who is not an animal person wouldn't not give this book such a high rating, but as any true animal lover knows, it can be difficult to put into words exactly why your best friend should be known the world over for how great she/he is. Author Vicky Myron does a wonderful job not only getting these feelings across, but describes the true power of what a community can be for itself and the individuals who may not even think they are a part of it. Dewey's community ends up being known the world over, and it's always nice when the world knows -- and understands -- why your best friend is truly king.

May 04, 2013
  • bdellovibrio rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful story that made me smile several times.

Feb 09, 2013
  • anyoshnoise888 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a beautiful short book that is silly, sweet, breathtaking and heartbreaking. Dewey was an amazing intelligent cat that wanted to thank each and every person ( newborn to elderly alike ) for saving his life. Greatly suggest this to especially cat lovers... aloof folk would probably find it boring and too human for their tastes... just being honest. I thank Vicki Myron for sharing the many stories contained in the book with the world.

Dec 15, 2012
  • ElspethG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved reading about Dewey's various antics and especially his gregarious personality. Every once in a while, you meet a cat or dog who is more like a 4 footed person than an animal, one who works his way into the heart of virtually everyone he meets. Dewey is most definitely one of those special beings who will never be forgotten. Every library needs a cat like Dewey. :-D

Sep 08, 2012
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is a great snapshot of small town America. As others have noted, it's much more about Spencer, Iowa, and the author, Vicki Myron - but as such, it's a great portrait of a cornbelt small town. The best parts, though, are the ones about Dewey. He really does seem to have been an exceptional cat. At one point, other librarians ask Vicki if they should get a library cat too? and she replies, "Only if it's the right cat....He has to be special....Calm, patient, dignified, and above all, outgoing. A library cat has to love people. It also helps if he's gorgeous and comes with an unforgettable story." Certainly all those things were true of Dewey. I laughed and cried on the way through this - enjoyed it a great deal!

Aug 01, 2012
  • lhicke rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really loved this book. It told the story of how a cat not only helped his owner but effected the world. I cried for hours when he died. The thing about Dewey is that not only was he only a sweet cat but a cat with a sense of humor and a special character of his own. It was a really touching story.

Jun 29, 2012
  • annamcintosh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was very touching. I loved it! Everybody in the book loves Dewey. There is some sort of magic beaneath his furry fur that makes Dewey almost perfect.

Mar 16, 2012
  • danielestes rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Dewey Readmore Books was an extraordinary cat who became THE symbol for this small-town library in Spencer, Iowa. This book is a simple, quick read that is surprisingly less about Dewey than would seem. There are a few adventures that directly involve him, but Dewey is largely the master of ceremonies in the lives of the town and the people he inspired.

Dewey's primary caretaker, Vicki Myron, is the author of the book and naturally her life was most affected by this uniquely intelligent cat. Early on, this story dives into the history of the town of Spencer, and by extension, the histories of many small towns everywhere. The story then hones in on Vicki's family history, her life growing up, and raising a daughter as a single mom. Vicki has experienced many hardships and tragedies in her life and it seems inevitable that she and Dewey ended up finding, and needing, each other.

Mar 15, 2012
  • Serener_11 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm a cat person and always have been (I love my dog That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Dewey made you fall in love with him right away and he really was special. After nearly freezing to death as a kitten, he becomes the perfect library cat and helps many people in his own special way. I laughed and cried during this book and loved seeing the photo's of the real Dewey throughout the book. Congrats to Vicki Myron for being a great person and giving Dewey the chance he needed to become loved by almost everyone.

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