Saturday, February 21, 2009


If only John weren't allergic to cats........ I interrupted my previous book reading when I spotted Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron, on my library's Express checkout shelf. Express checkout books can only be kept for 1 week as opposed to the typical 3. Even though I was in the middle of another book I was enjoying and will review when I finish it, I jumped all over this one. It was recommended by my mom, who is notorious for taking a long time to finish books. However, she said she finished this rather quickly so I figured it was okay to pause the other one. OK, onto the review. #1) How can you not pick up a book with this cat on the cover who is named Dewey Readmore Books?, #2) I have been missing my own cat, Tigger, and Dewey kind of looks like Tigger (who is turning 16 this year!) and #3) I don't have a #3. Moving on.

Dewey is the story of an Iowa kitten who was shoved in a library's drop box on the eve of a terrible winter storm. The librarians adopted him as the library cat in the town of Spencer. This cheerful tale delves into not only cute feline antics, but also the heart of a dying town and how Dewey helped to bring everyone together. I especially enjoyed the tales of how Dewey warmed up even the most curmudgeony library patrons and won over the hearts of folks near and far. Myron is the librarian, and self-proclaimed Dewey mom, who took him in. Her writing style leaves a bit to be desired but, I wasn't looking for a Pulitzer winner. What I wanted was a heartwarming story and that's what I got. If you are a cat person, and maybe even if you're not, I think you'll enjoy this book. It's a fast read complete with pictures and cute little lists written from Dewey's perspective. I even chuckled out loud a few times. I enjoyed departing to a little non-fiction. Even if it is just about as fluffy as non-fiction could be. Get it? Fluffy? Anyway, I dug it.

In other news, my wellies have not yet arrived and I'm becoming distraught. To cheer me up, I have jumped head first into a number of sewing projects. Will post pictures when complete, if they don't look like crap.

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