Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

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

One look at the cover, and I had to read it. How could I resist that handsome face, with his wise eyes and distinguished whiskers? Well, maybe you won't be able to either.

One freezing January night in Iowa, Vicki and her fellow librarians found a bedraggled kitten in their book drop. (Poor kitty poor kitty! Poor baby!) But it was a lucky day for that cat, because he spent more than a dozen years after that as the pampered and beloved library cat of the Spencer Library. His sweet face, heartwarming story, and lovable personality won him friends and admirers around the globe. But this is not just a random story about a cute cat - stories from Vicki's life and the life of her small town moving from decade to decade are woven in with it, giving it a strong context and greater relevance in the bigger picture.

Vicki Myron hit on a winning formula with this true story. Her anecdotes are charming but not too precious, and she makes her life, town, and cat real to the reader. This is an "Ohhhh!" book. It would make for great family reading, a good gift, or something nice to read when it's cold outside and you're not feeling all that. Three stars (a C+ in the new system).

*Specially included: a free picture of my own rescue cat.
Tags: books 2008, nonfiction
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