Monday, January 19, 2009

Mini-book review: Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron*

This little non-fiction book is the story of Dewey's life, from his beginnings as an eight week old kitten found stuffed in a library book drop one frigid winter morning, to his reign as Supreme Cat About the Library and eventual international star. It's a quick read, written in uncomplicated prose, tracing the course of Dewey's long life and his profound effect on the people around him. It's even a bit of a tear-jerker (I had to add a cough to my sniffling so Mr. Mouse wouldn't think I was crying over a cat in a book): both Myron and her feline companion go through some tough times, re-emerging battle-scarred but undefeated. In addition, it is the story of Spencer, a small Iowa town, struggling to keep alive in the farm crisis of the 1980s and eventually growing into a thriving municipality without losing its sense of community and connection. Ultimately about courage and unconditional love, this book about a pretty cool library cat also speaks volumes about small town humanity.

*Technically Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter - my apologies to Bret, but the dang blog post title is just long enough already.

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