dewey“Dewey…The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World” was about what you’d expect – a cat.

I’ve looked at this book a million times in the bookstore and kept putting it back on the assumption that it would be a book about a cat.  A friend gave it to me a couple weeks ago for a belated Christmas present so of course I read it…like I do almost everything else that is put in front of me.  It is about a cat but also about a small town in Iowa going through a farm crisis, individuals overcoming personal struggles, and much more.

Dewey had an unfortunate beginning.  As a kitten, he was left in a library drop box on an evening well below zero degrees.  I can personally relate to this with my kitten Bill.  While he wasn’t left in a library drop box, someone decided it would be a good idea to break his tail, hips, and face before he was found, passed around from house to house, and ultimately we ended up with this very abused kitten.  The similarities between the two of them made me much more interested than I likely would have been if I didn’t have a cat, too.

It was an easy and for the most part, light read….Just beware, it is VERY sad at moments too…Though, I’m not going to recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t like cats.  I can hear them now complaining about how much cat people talk about their cats and this book epitomizes a cat person talking about her cat.


One response to this post.

  1. That was a pretty generous review of the book. Even though I don’t like to admit it to just anyone, I am definitely a cat person but even cat people won’t appreciate reading about someone else’s cat for 277 pages. Vicki Myron’s idea for the book was a good one: show how something as simple as a community pet can change a community, but it lacked the depth. If I had written the book, I think I would have concentrated more on some of the people’s stories and less talking about how cute Dewey is. Granted, it is an easy read and if you really love cats, there are parts that you will like because it will remind you of your own pets, but otherwise pass.


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