Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter

Vicki Myron is passionate about libraries, about Iowa, about the town of Spencer, and especially about Dewey, the cat who ran the Spencer Public Library.  Each of her passions have a story and all intertwine to explain how Dewey, a tiny, dirty abandoned kitten rescued from a library book drop, repays his humans by the wrapping his heart around a librarian, a library, a town, and yes, eventually the world. You see the profound effect one special cat had on each person who entered the library, both staff and patrons, and some who never came through its doors.

Understanding Spencer is key to understanding Dewey’s place in it.  I’ve rarely seen such a deep sense of place described in so few pages. You come to care not only for Dewey, but for his library and his town and his people. You think I’m exaggerating by calling the library his library, Spencer his town, the people as his people?  Read the book and you will understand.  We owe Vicki Myron a debt of gratitude for giving Dewey to us–again.

Soon to come:  the movie version starring Meryl Streep.

And for more, there’s Dewey’s webpage and Facebook page.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: veagenlib

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