“Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World” by Vicki Myron
“DEWEY is the heartwarming, true story of an abandoned kitten who went on to live an extraordinary life, inspiring a struggling single mother, transforming a sleepy library and the inhabitants of its depressed Iowa farm town, and ultimately capturing the hearts of animal lovers around the world.
Dewey, as the townspeople named the kitten, grew into a strutting, affable library cat whose antics kept patrons in stitches and whose sixth sense about those in need created hundreds of deep and loving friendships. As his fame grew, people drove hundreds of miles to meet Dewey, and he even ended up the subject of a hit documentary in Japan! Through it all, Dewey remained a loyal companion, a beacon of hope not just for Vicki Myron, but for the entire town of Spencer as it slowly pulled itself up from the worst financial crisis in its long history. “
I was very excited to have won this book from a blog giveaway(sorry forget which one). My family is a cat family. I grew up with cats all my life, I have many great memories with cats and my heart is sad that they are gone. So to read this book was very personal for me, to top it off it happens in Iowa and in a library. I grew up in Iowa and my mom worked at our town’s library for many years. So when I was reading this story I felt like it was part of my life too.
Dewey is a cat that is found in the town of Spencer, IA’s library book return on a very cold day. Vicki is the one who takes him in, cleans him up and warms him up. In return he warms her heart and then warms the town’s heart and ultimately the world’s heart. but really I would say he was Vicki’s cat. Cats tend to have a special bond with one person and I believe from this story his special bond was with Vicki. Oh, he loved lots no worries about that.
As I read this story I kept saying, yes, that is so a cat thing to do. Vicki really captured Dewey and his personality in this book. Again I think this was easy for her to do because of that bond she had.
As Dewey got older, even I was crying before he started getting sick. I knew what was coming. Growing up in a house with cats I knew that there comes a time for us to give peace to our loved one(pets). I didn’t want to get to that part as I knew my heart would hurt. Even though my heart broke like cray I was glad to read the legacy Dewey left and all the touched hearts he left, even all the way in Japan.
Something special about this book is Vicki takes us into her life, become vulnerable to us, to share her life, struggles, joys. She also takes us on the life of Spencer, IA. The stories and tales make me want to visit Spencer and also to meet Vicki. Both seem wonderful. I just wish I knew about Dewey before he left this world, he seems like my kind of cat.
If you are a cat lover/animal lover this book is so for you. Just a warning that it WILL make you cry if you are a true animal lover. You really get taken in to the story and the death of Dewey will hit hard.
Thank you so much Vicki for sharing your life with us and for being so open. I loved your book a lot and can’t wait to read more Dewey stories, after 18 years I’m sure you have a lot.
Love you, Matt cat, Ty Ty, Mama, Linky, I miss you all so much.
disclaimer- I won this book from a blog giveaway and loved it so much I wanted to share it with you. I was not asked to write a review. I was not compensated for this review. This is my personal opinion and may differ from yours.