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

by Vicki Myron

Series: Dewey (1)

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The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.The story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat, starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the book return slot at the Spencer, Iowa, Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.--From publisher description.… (more)
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    Marley & Me by John Grogan (jlsherman)
    jlsherman: For those whose pets are important to them, Marley & Me is a wonderful book about the relationship between humans and their animals, and how we will love them, no matter what.
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    A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen (bookel)
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    Dagboek van een poes by Remco Campert (aliebieb)
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    The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory (SqueakyChu)
    SqueakyChu: A delightful cat story
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    Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa (bookymouse)
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    Mornings with Barney : the true story of an extraordinary beagle by Dick Wolfsie (bookymouse)
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    Scarlett Saves Her Family by Jane Martin (ainsleytewce)
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    Homer's odyssey by Gwen Cooper (Copperskye, thekoolaidmom)
    thekoolaidmom: They are both about special cats who had a rough start in life, but went on to love and inspire people.
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    Owl Came to Stay by Claire Rome (TheDivineOomba)
    TheDivineOomba: An Owl that Came to Stay has a similar feel and style of writing as Dewey does, and about the same length.
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    All My Patients are Under the Bed by Louis J. Camuti (ainsleytewce)
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    Mosby, the Kennedy Center Cat by Beppie Noyes (bks1953)
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    My Five Tigers by Lloyd Alexander (bonne1978)
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    Hunting Elf: A doggone Christmas story by Dave Donelson (smmorris)
    smmorris: Elf is a smart, do-it-my-way puppy and Dewey is the same, only he is a cat. While Elf is a work of fiction, it is based on a real "Elf." Dewey is non-fiction yet just as fun a read as Elf. Both will show you the strengths and persistence of pets. Both are happy reads you won't put down.… (more)
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A fitting companion to the "Bob Street Cat" books, if any more proof were needed that some cats really can make a difference and are capable of great empathy and intelligence.
  PollyMoore3 | Mar 29, 2022 |
I read some of the reviews here about the book. Some readers didn't like the feel good nature of the book--stray becomes important part of keeping the library alive in small town America. Others criticize it for being part memoir about the writer's life. I feel that the book was marketed the former way by the publisher to increase sales and that the book is actually a mix of the two. It worked for me. I couldn't have read a full-length book about the adventures of Dewey, and I liked the personal and human story added. That said, it's not a literary text and doesn't compare with Marley, for instance. ( )
  LuanneCastle | Mar 5, 2022 |
I liked it; an easy calm read. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
A wonderful story. ( )
  ShanLand | Feb 28, 2022 |
And who wouldn't love a book about a cat who gives his all to everyone he meets. "Dewey" is a very sweet book and Vicki writes in such a way that you feel as though you knew Dewey too.
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  SusanVee | Feb 15, 2022 |
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One frigid Midwestern winter night in 1988, a ginger kitten was shoved into the after-hours book-return slot at the public library in Spencer, Iowa. And in this tender story, Myron, the library director, tells of the impact the cat, named DeweyReadmore Books, had on the library and its patrons, and on Myron herself. Through her developing relationship with the feline, Myron recounts the economic and social history of Spencer as well as her own success story—despite an alcoholic husband, living on welfare, and health problems ranging from the difficult birth of her daughter, Jodi, to breast cancer. After her divorce, Myron graduated college (the first in her family) and stumbled into a library job. She quickly rose to become director, realizing early on that this was a job I could love for the rest of my life. Dewey, meanwhile, brings disabled children out of their shells, invites businessmen to pet him with one hand while holding the Wall Street Journal with the other, eats rubber bands and becomes a media darling. The book is not only a tribute to a cat—anthropomorphized to a degree that can strain credulity (Dewey plays hide and seek with Myron, can read her thoughts, is mortified by his hair balls)—it's a love letter to libraries. (Sept.)
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To Gran, Mom, and Jodi, three amazing women who loved Dewey almost as much as I do
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There is a thousand-mile table of land in the middle of the United States, between the Mississippi River on the east and the deserts on the west.
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[Dewey] spent his time changing lives right here in Spencer, Iowa, one lap at a time.
Find your place. Be happy with what you have. Treat everyone well. Live a good life. It isn't about material things; it's about love. And you can never anticpate love.
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The charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.The story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat, starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the book return slot at the Spencer, Iowa, Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.--From publisher description.

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Editions: 0446407410, 0446541192, 1607886219, 0446407429

 

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