Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World


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Experience the uplifting, "unforgettable" New York Times bestseller about an abandoned kitten named Dewey, whose life in a library won over a farming town and the world—with over 2 million copies sold! (Booklist)

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. On the coldest night of the year in Spencer, Iowa, at only a few weeks old—a critical age for kittens—he was stuffed into the return book slot of the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming community slowly working its way back from the greatest crisis in its long history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538744710
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 498,670
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About 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. His other cat, Feasor, died four days after the completion of this book.

Table of Contents

About Letter vii

Introduction: Welcome to Iowa 1

Chapter 1 The Coldest Morning 7

Chapter 2 A Perfect Addition 14

Chapter 3 Dewey Readmore Books 22

Chapter 4 A Day in the Library 30

Chapter 5 Catnip and Rubber Bands 39

Chapter 6 Moneta 48

Chapter 7 Grand Avenue 58

Chapter 8 A Cat's Best Friends 66

Chapter 9 Dewey and Jodi 76

Chapter 10 A Long Way from Home 85

Chapter 11 Hide-and-Seek 97

Chapter 12 Christmas 108

Chapter 13 A Great Library 116

Chapter 14 Dewey's Great Escape 129

Chapter 15 Spencer's Favorite Cat 140

Chapter 16 Iowa's Famous Library Cat 147

Chapter 17 Dewey in the Modern World 157

Chapter 18 Puss in Books 168

Chapter 19 The World's Worst Eater 179

Chapter 20 Dewey's New Friends 194

Chapter 21 What Makes Us Special? 204

Chapter 22 Dewey Goes to Japan 216

Chapter 23 Memories of Mom 226

Chapter 24 Dewey's Diet 240

Chapter 25 The Meeting 247

Chapter 26 Dewey's Love 254

Chapter 27 Loving Dewey 260

Epilogue: Last Thoughts from Iowa 267

Afterword 273

Ten Years Later 283

Acknowlegments 297

Reading Group Guide 302

Letters from Fans 305

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Dewey 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 612 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for everybody. Whether you are a child or an adult, whether you like cats or not, even whether you like reading or not! It is a really heartwarming story that reads very easy and that will fill your heart with great affection. It is a story of an extraordinary cat, a librarian, and their lives in a small Iowa town. It's a story that brought the little town of Spencer onto the world map. The Japanese television filmed Dewey, and after he died, his obituary ran in over 200 papers. But most of all, this isn't just another cat story; it's a story of survival, endurance, trust, and hope. Finally, it is a story about love and living a good life. You will understand all that after you read the final few chapters.

I highly recommend this book! You will fall in love with Dewey after reading the first few pages. I promise you that! For more heartwarming stories about another ginger cat I suggest the series of "Why Some Cats are Rascals". Read them all - you will want to share the stories with your loved ones.
KatelynLucile More than 1 year ago
This book is a treasure! As an animal lover, I really got a lot out of the touching story. Also, the information about what it's like in a small town library was very enlightening. You'll laugh, you'll probably cry, but you'll go away with a greater appreciation for our furry friends.
LuckyCat More than 1 year ago
I read the book in a day, not being able to put it down. Even though I knew what the outcome would be, I allowed myself to cherish the story, day by day; year by year. I so appreciate the honest, realistic and, sometimes, commonplace depictions of Deweys life; representing the wonderful, warm moments he shared throughout his life in the Spencer library; as well as the descriptions of his physical ailments. These are what happens to a kitty body; just as our own human bodies. My only hope is that some of the financial gain earned from this book and a possible movie, as well as other outcroppings of Dewey's life, is used to create a no kill shelter for all the abandoned kittens and animals in need who are not as furtunate as Dewey was. The three kittens since which were placed in the Spencer library drop box, as well as the hundreds purportedly offered to the Spencer library need homes, care and love just as Dewey did. I hope Vicki Myron sees to this and expands Dewey's influence to others of his species who are in need.
dhtDT More than 1 year ago
This book was very touching. It made you feel like you knew the Dewey the cat and Vicki and the people at the Spencer Library. I love cats. I have 2 of them and I know the love that cats can bring to people. It was sad at the end when Dewey died. I even shed a few tears. I have mentioned this book to some family and friends and some of them have read the book or plan to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy and delightful read for anyone who has ever loved an animal. Ostensibly about a cat, the book is really about the people of Spencer, Iowa and their head librarian who is the author and Dewey's owner. The story imparts peace even though it details difficult events --failed marriages, illness, family estrangements, suicide, economic turmoil. Its message, whether or not intended, was to me that we all face life and its challenges but there are moments with meaning, peace and love that reflect the overwhelming simplicity of it all, if only we stop to catch our breath and pet the cat. Straightforward and not at all saccharine, this is a wonderfully refreshing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. I personally have a cat that is very similar in personalty as Dewey. Reading the book reminded of when my cat was young and did all similar things and it made me remember and laugh. I laughed and cried while reading this book. My whole book club enjoyed reading the book.
dv More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful book. I appreciated the different topics not being long drawn out as I have found a lot of books where we know the inevitable is going to happen, ie, the animal dies.
ShabaksKitchen More than 1 year ago
Clearly, Dewey is no ordinary cat. But the author, who discusses very personal experiences and hardships of her life is no ordinary woman. This book was so touching, so wonderful, I am buying for everyone in my family for Christmas!
PatLA More than 1 year ago
I thought about Dewey long after finishing the book. He was so special and when he had to go over the rainbow at 19, I felt as sad as if he had been my own cat. Vicki wrote a wonderful story of a very special cat. It was refreshing to read a delightful true story about a terrific cat instead of a dog for a change. I know I will read it again and again. I can't wait for the movie!
Twister2003 More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves animals, especially cats will love this book. I never met Dewey, and now I wish I had, but the book makes you feel as if you went right along this journey with Vicki, Dewey and the rest of the Spencer Library. You will laugh and cry. This book should become a movie!! Great Read!!
bnakasuji More than 1 year ago
karenskids More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone that has "furry" four legged children. Touching and absorbing .... read it straight through.
green1 More than 1 year ago
Sweet. Easy reading. If you love cats, as I do, you will love this cute fuzzball.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dewey is a heartwarming favorite, perfect for christmas gift giving. I wish all cats were like this one. I thought the idea was fantastic and carried out by Vicki and Bret to perfection. It was a touching story that had me laughing, crying, and everything in between. Don't think twice if you run across this book. Pick it up.
Eagledivah More than 1 year ago
As a cat owner and library employee, I just loved the book. I couldn't wait to read it. I pictured Dewey in my own library as I read. I laughed out loud in several places. The book is funny, touching, and inspiring. The book illustrates the importance of libraries in our communities, and in our lives-all through the telling of Dewey's story. The book also shows that one person, and in this case, one cat, can make a difference. "Dewey" is a must read for cat lovers, cat owners, library employees, and anyone who is having a hard time in life and needs some inspiration. I wish my library had a cat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I laughed, cried, then laughed again. A perfect story of love.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A touching story. Dewey's impact went far beyond the little town of Spencer, Iowa. He became a worldwide phenomenon. This is a story that anyone can enjoy. However, I think the title is a bit misleading. The author spent so much of the book telling her personal history, family woes and triumphs that Dewey's story fell by the wayside. Most of her history really had nothing to do with Dewey. If she had spent less time on herself and more on the cat or titled the book so it you knew it was her biography with Dewey as a side-bar, it would have been a better book. Well edited. No foul language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished getting to know Dewey and his "mom", and love them both! We have a 10 month old "little tuxedo man" (Bo), and can completely relate to the bond and love that develops between cat owners and their little masters! We laugh at them and worry about them and cry for them-Dewey has left a wonderful legacy! This is an awesome story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have an orange cat and he's pretty funny. When i read dewey i really connected with the author and it was kinda obvious she wanted to show off her amazing cat. With a cat like Dewey who wouldnt? I want my cat to be famous but he is fat and lazy and average. But Dewey is one of my top 10 favs along with Homer's Odessy and Huck. I love these books cuz i hav 2 cats, a poodle and a golden retreiver-white german shepherd mix. Luv them and luv these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dewey by Vicki Myron was about a kitten named Dewey. Dewey got a second chance at life after being stuffed into a book return slot at Spencer Public Library in the middle of one of the toughest, coldest winters that they have had (Myron). Dewey fell in love with everyone and anyone who came through the doors of the library. Dewey wanted to be loved and he also wanted to love others. This book was sad at times, but Dewey had a great life and was loved. This was a great story about second chances and giving and receiving love. Dewey was amazing and deserves five stars. It was tough to read only two parts because they were sad and you could visualize what was happening to Dewey and how scared he must have been. There were no complaints about Dewey, and will be highly recommended to anyone willing to read it. People should definitely read this book if they are cat lovers, enjoy stories about love or second chances, or just want an uplifting story for the soul. This book was powerful and made me happy because of his fun characteristics, playfulness, and how he loved everyone even though he went through hardships and almost death at the beginning of his life. The book contained ethos and pathos literary elements. Ethos, narrator is mentioned throughout the book, in many ways. Vicki Myron was the narrator and writer of Dewey and describes Dewey many times through the first person. Pathos, which is emotion that interests the audience, is included because of Dewey's sweet attitude and loving personality. "He wanted to personally thank every person he ever met for saving his life" (13). Dewey was a 'one of a kind' cat. He had a second chance and all he wanted to do was thank everyone and loved everyone he met; as if he wanted to thank everyone for his life. This was an overall sweet, loving, heart touching, moving book.
thecatsmeowCC More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this book because I love cats & was immedaitely drawn to the cover. I ended up buying the book after reading the back cover & I was hooked. This story made me laugh and cry. It is truly an inspiration. The way that animals can help us in our everyday lives is expressed remarkably throught this book. I LOVED IT!
sbJerseygirl More than 1 year ago
A great afternoon read, especially if you love animals. If you have a pet, you can relate how each pet has its own little personality. Dewey definitely has personality! How he intertwined his life with the author's life is heartwarming. She gets across much of the ups and downs life hands each of us. Pets, even Dewey, can't fix everything, of course, but they sure can put a sparkle in when needed. A great job being library ambassador...(that he actually takes seriously) and bringing people together in the process.
emmyAG More than 1 year ago
If you love cats you will love this book and if you don't love cats you will by the time you have finished this book. It's about an 8 week old kitten that was put the book deposit box at the towns libery in Spencer, Iowa, America. When the next morning the director of the libery found him and decided to keep him. The little orange tabby had frost bitten paws and was freezing cold, but after a warm bath and a visit to the vets, he was fine. This book tells of Vicki's illness's and it gives you an idea of how the town lives and how every one pulls together when times get tough. It tells of Deweys' antics, how he was a loving out going cat that loved every one and every one loved him, he became world famous due to news papers, magazines and documentories. Vicky and her fellow liberians decided to do a competition to find a name for Dewey, but the majority ruled to keep Dewey as his name, so Vicky gave him middle and last name of Readmore Books. So Dewey became Dewey Readmore Books. Every page, for me, was great, every chapter, I could not put this book down and the times I had to put the book down I couldn't wait to pick it back up again. I have never read a book that has made me feel this much emotion, and for the last two chapters, I could hardly read for crying. You get a real sense that you get to know Dewey and you get to love him. I have already recommended this book to every one I know and I have recommended it on facebook aswell.
wheeze More than 1 year ago
I am a cat mom, so I thought there would be nothing better then to read this book. Boy I am glad I did. I rescued my cat from the same situation, so it's touching to hear about the story of Dewey, and Vicki, the person who rescued him. I know other complained about too much about libaries, and the town history, but really, it's a perfect fit. Instead of just hearing about Dewey's crazy antics, you get a sense of where he lived, and who Vicki, as a cat mom was. You laugh with this book, definitely shed some tears, and experience the joy of Dewey. Makes me want to go hug my own kitty!
JudyKleiner More than 1 year ago
I read this book after my mother so highly recommended it. I love cats and have a Dewey of my own. My cat is named Mozart and could be a twin to Dewey. Mozart is the King of this house and while reading Dewey I could identify with the things he did in the library. How fortunate Vicki kept Dewey in the library for everyone to enjoy. I was particularly taken with the story about the little girl from Texas. He had his own special way of taking care of everyone and when he needed care everyone was there for him.This book is very well written and shows the reader also about the history of Spencer, IA. When I read a book and can visualize the story then the author has hit a home run and this is what Vicki and Dewey did. Every moment I could picture Dewey doing this thing, I could picture the town and the hustle and bustle of the library. I can't wait for Vicki's second book to come out in the fall. This is a must read. Thank you Vicki for letting us into the life of Dewey.