Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Based on the #1 "New York Times" bestseller, the story of Dewey, the celebrated library cat, is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully illustrated picture book adventure. Full color.
The endearing and heartwarming true story of Dewey, the celebrated library cat, is now available for the youngest of readers, in this new, fully illustrated picture-book adventure, based on the "New York Times" bestseller "Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World."
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.
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.