Dewey, The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World

by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, 2008, Grand Central Publishing, New York

This is a nice story, but is probably more interesting because of the story of the author and small-town Midwestern America.  Dewey was obviously a special cat, but it is difficult to capture that in a book other than saying multiple times how special he was.  I was impressed by the Vicki’s life, however, and how she overcame a bad marriage to an alcoholic, multiple deaths in her family in a short period of time, terrible medical problems, poverty, and raising a girl by herself as a single mother.  Despite these cards stacked against her, she managed to get a college degree and graduate summa cum laude.  She then went on to make a significant impact on the library where she worked and the town she lived in.  These are noteworthy accomplishments.

The cat part of the story was nice but I didn’t quite get how special the cat was.  Maybe having three cats ourselves as well as some pretty special ones previously has colored my thinking.3 1/2 stars


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