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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Vicki Myron
Narrator: Suzanne Toren , Bret Witter
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA
Published In: September 2008
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

How many lives can one abandoned kitten touch? This is the heart-warming and unforgettable story of a truly idiosyncratic cat with a strong sense of loyalty and love, and a taste for fast-food. When he was just a few weeks old, Dewey Readmore Books was shoved through the book returns slot of his local library in a sleepy town. Starving, terrified and bruised after being battered by falling books, Dewey curled up into the arms of the library director Vicki. Vicki was a single mother who had escaped a violent husband and was struggling to bring up her little girl Jodi alone. Vicki fell in love with the little bundle of fur in her arms and campaigned to allow Dewey to stay and become the library cat. She didn't know what she was letting herself in for ...Dewey's arrival transformed Vicki and Jodi's lives, as well as the staff at the library and eventually the fortunes of an entire town. Dewey was an instant hit with the library regulars and had an amazing instinct to cuddle up close to visitors that were going through a tough time. Vicki tells the incredible story of one severely disabled, wheelchair bound girl that Dewey took a shine to and how he would climb inside her jacket as she giggled hysterically and her eyes, usually almost catatonic, burst into life. He supervised children's reading groups and ensured no child felt left out by snuggling into the laps of any outsiders. He was a ball of mischievous energy and relished in turning the hitherto quiet and predictable routines of the library upside down. Dewey became the town's number one attraction and he began regularly appearing in the national and international media. Fans from all over the world visited the small town to pay homage to the world's most beloved cat.

Reviews (4)

Dewey

Written by Anonymous on December 16th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great light reading, needed more cat stories. Almost like an abridged story.

So sweet

Written by Anonymous on June 10th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Such a nice story! Just went on a bit too long and I did not listen to the last disk.

A Nice, Easy Listen

Written by brett from Sunnyvale, CA on May 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A pleasant and true story about Dewey, a small town library cat who becomes world famous due to his friendliness, affection and antics. It's a fairly short story as it should be because if you're a cat owner like myself you know that they don't do alot on a day to day basis. I enjoyed listening to this story on my commute to/from work though it was a little slow in parts. If you're looking to relax and escape a little while dealing with your daily travels, this is a good book to get.

Dewey

Written by Anonymous on November 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Dewey was an easy "read". Having a cat and dog, and being a pet lover, this story touched my heart. I wish my library had a cat! I would recommend this for anyone who needs something from the warmer side of life to enjoy.

Author Details

Author Details

Myron, Vicki

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 MankatoStateUniversity and has a masters degree from EmporiaStateUniversity.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, Fe

Witter, Bret

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 MankatoStateUniversity and has a masters degree from EmporiaStateUniversity.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, Fe