The Small-town Library Cat Who Touched the World

eBook - 2008
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The heartwarming and inspiring #1 New York Times bestseller that has sold over 1.2 million copies!

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer 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.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2008
Edition: 1st eBook ed
ISBN: 9780446542203
Additional Contributors: Witter, Bret


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IndyPL_MikeH Nov 07, 2018

Of course I read it. Where do I work?
I have a library cat in my home home...library.

Oct 29, 2018

This is a warm hearted, light read about a famous cat who was found as a kitten in the bookdrop of a library and spends his long happy life living in that library. It is also a parallel story about the life of the lady who found him and their bond of friendship. This is a must read for animal lovers or anyone who just loves a feel good true story.

bibliosara Jul 24, 2018

I cried at the end of this book. A lot. (Spoiler alert: the cat dies. Not tragically, but he was born in 1988, so it's not exactly a surprise.) It was slightly embarrassing, but absolutely worth reading. I can understand why people have been so moved by the story of this "wonder cat". Although I've never had a cat of my own, I love all animals and have enjoyed getting to know the various mousers in my life. Dewey, however, went beyond all expectations. As a library employee, I related to a lot of the stories that Myron relates, but it is the weaving of her story with her feline companion that truly captivated me. Part biography (on the cat's part) and part auto-biography (on the part of the human), Dewey is bound to entrance, inspire, and - ultimately - move readers to tears (and a deeper understanding of why animals are God's gift to us). For the animal lover, the book lover, and anyone who has struggled with feeling alone, Dewey will make you believe in hope and love again.

May 13, 2018

I liked the story about Dewy a lot. But at can get a bit dull. I felt really heartfelt listening to his story; from how he was so cruelly brought to the library, to the unusual kindness and understanding he had towards everyone, and the amount of publicity he got because of his wonderful personally. However, this was mixed in with the author's personal story; she kept talking about Spencer, Spencer, Spencer. There were many times in which she speaks entire chapters without talking about Dewy, and I found myself skipping multiple pages in annoyance. Nevertheless, a touching read.

Oct 04, 2017

This book is very touching and inspirational. The way Vicki Myron described Spencer, Iowa makes me want to live there.

HCL_staff_reviews Jan 17, 2017

It was one of the coldest January mornings in 1988 in Spencer Iowa when library director Vicki Myron heard a strange sound coming out of the metal book drop box. To her surprise, huddled in the corner was a tiny kitten weighing bearly one pound. It was love at first sight for them both. Anyone who is a fan of memoirs, felines, history or simply a good story will enjoy this book. — Jennifer L., Ridgedale Library

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

On a bitterly cold Iowa morning, librarian Vicki Myron reaches into the library’s book drop and discovers a tiny, shivering kitten. Little did she realize how Dewey would change the fortunes of her rural library.

d2013 Jul 20, 2015

A wonderful tale of a Library cat named Dewey Readmore Books who won the hearts of all who knew him. Sweet and tender story!

Mar 24, 2014

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

Jun 09, 2013

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.

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