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Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!

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by Vicki Myron, Steve James, Bret Witter
     
 

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The story of Dewey the celebrated library cat is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully-illustrated picture book adventure.

When Librarian Vicki Myron finds a young kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box, she nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he will be their library cat, and naming him, appropriately,

Overview

The story of Dewey the celebrated library cat is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully-illustrated picture book adventure.

When Librarian Vicki Myron finds a young kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box, she nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he will be their library cat, and naming him, appropriately, Dewey Readmore Books. Dewey loves his new home, but once he discovers the littlest library visitors-who like to chase him, pull his tail, and squeeze him extra tight-Dewey begins to wonder if he's truly cut out for the demands of his new job. In the end, he is triumphant as he realizes that helping people big and small is what he is meant to do, and that by sharing his special brand of Dewey love, he can be the best library cat of all.

Editorial Reviews

Pet books melt hearts, but with a few exceptions (most conspicuously Marley), they seldom make bestseller lists. That seemed doubly true of cat books, which don't sell as well as their canine equivalents. That all changed though with the entrance of Dewey, Vicki Myron's adorable 2008 adult nonfiction book about a kitten orphan who became a popular public library resident. With this picture book, Dewey prances happily into the children's section, where we're certain that he will be welcomed by a whole new crowd of preschool friends.
Publishers Weekly
This genial if cutesy adaptation of the authors' bestselling Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World gets an energetic boost from James's digitally rendered art. Animal-loving readers will be charmed by the realistic, closeup depictions of young library patrons and their tender (and sometimes not-so-tender) interactions with Dewey, who is based on a real-life feline adopted by Myron after it was abandoned in the book drop of her Iowa library. The narrative becomes overly precious, though, when it ventures inside Dewey's head: “ 'Babies are wonderful,' Dewey thought. “Cute and SMELL-icious, too.” And as he joins story hour he thinks, “Wowzy whiskers, this looks fun.” Despite being manhandled by some young patrons, the cat confides to his toy mouse that he is determined to help people (“I'm ninety-two percent convinced that that's the reason I'm around”) and makes good on his promise by cheering up a sad girl who's reading alone. He then proclaims himself a “REAL library cat,” which (the story concludes, on a well-worn note) “felt... purr-fect!” Ages 3–6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What is it like to be a library cat? Every day, people leave items in the return box of the library. On the coldest night of the year, a young kitten mysteriously appears in the return box. Vicki washes the kitten and welcomes him to his new home, the library. She names him Dewey Readmore Books, and he becomes the library cat. Dewey plays, lounges on newspapers, rides the book cart, knocks pens to the floor, and snoops in open drawers. It is the perfect life for an adventurous cat. But Dewey loves people best of all— especially children. During the children's story hour, Dewey strolls across the room and is shocked when someone cries out, "There's a cat in the library!" Suddenly the room goes wild, and Dewey is being carried upside down. What should he do now? Dewey is tired of being pulled, poked, and carried haphazardly. So, he decides to take his library duties seriously; he helps the people who are working at the library. In this fun and spirited story, young readers meet the lovable Dewey, an orange cat who loves to explore the world of books. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This heartwarming picture book is based on the authors' adult title, Dewey (Grand Central, 2008). It describes how on a cold night Myron found a tiny kitten in the return box at Spencer Public Library in Iowa, and the feline's impact on the library community. Dewey Readmore Books overcame unpleasant encounters with young children who picked him up upside down or petted him the wrong way and settled in, "happy" to help people. The realistic illustrations, done in vibrant watercolors, bring the tale to life (the orange cat's expressions are priceless). The story moves along swiftly, and will be a hit with readers requesting animal books.—Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316068741
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
113,230
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Vicki Myron was born on a farm fifteen miles from Spencer, Iowa. At the age of thirty-four, after a failed marriage, single motherhood, and a stint on welfare, she graduated summa cum laude from Mankato State University and has a masters degree from Emporia State University. She worked at the Spencer Public Library for twenty-five years, the last twenty as director. She lives in Spencer, Iowa.

Bret Witter is a book editor and professional writer. Raised in north Alabama, he currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, two children and his fourteen-year-old cat Kiki.

Steve James has always enjoyed making pictures. Steve received his BFA in illustration from Brigham Young University where he studied traditional painting techniques. He now lives in Lehi, Utah with his wife and crazy cat.

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