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Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 3, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316068713
  • ASIN: B0055X6A10
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–8—Myron's best seller about the resident cat at the Spencer Public Library in Iowa has been adapted for middle grade readers. The references to most of the author's personal problems, which peppered her adult book, have been removed, and Dewey's story stands on its own. The anecdotes remain the same, with some concessions made to the experiences of younger readers: explaining, for instance, who Alf and Spuds McKenzie were, or pointing out that "back in the day" TV cartoons were only seen on Saturday mornings. Dewey's special brand of "pay-it-forward" love has immense appeal, and fans of animal stories will immediately gravitate toward the book, with its handsome reproduction of the feline's now-famous portrait on the cover. As Myron's anecdotes show, the joy and comfort that Dewey provided to countless patrons over 18 years was not something that could be cataloged, or indexed, or highlighted in a trustee's report. But it was real and evident to the staff and library regulars. Dewey will no doubt have young readers pining for their own library cats, but astute readers will also pick up on the message that a town's heart beats strongest in its library.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA
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From Booklist

From the opening chapter, when librarian Vicki Myron finds a fragile, freezing kitten in the book return, children will be hooked on her heartwarming story about Dewey Readmore Books. Eliminating most of Myron's personal story as well as observations on economic and social change found in the adult book on which it was based, this shorter children's adaptation focuses squarely on Dewey. His job description, a list of his likes and dislikes, and other funny pieces from the original reappear here. Anecdotes such as Dewey's fascination with rubber bands, his bizarre behavior during a bat invasion, and his finicky eating habits are ideal booktalk material. So are descriptions of Dewey's tender, intuitive interactions with people of all ages and backgrounds. Final chapters cover Dewey's declining health and eventual death with grace and sensitivity. Part cat story, part library story, this appealing adaptation will charm even reluctant readers. Grades 4-8. --Linda Perkins

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I've given my copy to everyone in my family who loves to read.
Thomas G. Berger
It certainly was a lucky day for the scrawny, half-frozen, bedraggled-looking kitty when librarian Vicki Myron found him tucked in a corner of the book drop.
KidsReads
Dewey's story is more than a story about Dewey, it is a story of life and life's terms, will, strength, faith and perseverance!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on June 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Who placed the kitten in the library book drop? To this day, that question remains unanswered in Spencer, Iowa. No doubt the person felt that whoever discovered the kitten would find it a good home. It certainly was a lucky day for the scrawny, half-frozen, bedraggled-looking kitty when librarian Vicki Myron found him tucked in a corner of the book drop. Vicki carefully warmed, cleaned up, and fed the little stowaway. The kitten showed no fear of people --- in fact, he responded to their kindness with sincere affection and trust. The library board reluctantly agreed to allow him to take up residence at the library.

The little orange and white kitten was soon dubbed Dewey Readmore Books, Dewey for short. Dewey had the run of the library and as much attention and affection as any kitten could ever want. He attended staff meetings when he felt like it, and story hour, where he befriended the special needs children; walked among the shelves of books and napped where and when he chose; looked for welcoming laps and usually found them; and showed up daily in the lunchroom to get a few licks of yogurt and some attention. Dewey was both lucky and spoiled.

After the library staff left each evening, Dewey had the whole place to himself. He must have had quite a time of it, locating cozy spots to hide, seeking out rubber bands --- which he loved to eat --- doing whatever struck his fancy. Each morning he was at the front door waiting for Vicki, who took him home on weekends and holidays when the library was closed. During one three-week period when the library was being remodeled, Dewey spent the entire time at Vicki's.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DB on June 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved the first book Dewey the library cat and thought this was a follow up. It was the same book just a few bigger pictures and different cover. I was kind of let down. Wish I had know it was the same as the first book I could have saved some money, oh well. I am looking forward to the Xmas book about Dewey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a Dewey for younger readers. Written on the 5th Grade level (AR 5.0, 6 points), this book is an endearing read that's ultimately pretty amazing. I know that I laughed and cried.)

The story begins on a frigid January morning in the small town of Spencer, Iowa. The librarians are opening the door on the book-drop expecting only chilled books and maybe some candy wrappers, when suddenly they find a half frozen kitten. Of course, the dirty little orphan grabs their hearts and they work feverishly to save his life. But what follows in the months and years afterwards was more than any of them could have ever guessed.

The kitten, nicknamed 'Dewey', was soon christened Dewey Readmore Books. Raised at the library, he became a favorite with the staff, and then the town's people. And from there the mellow cat's fame spread until he became a worldwide phenomena.

THE SKINNY:::
Dewey is a sentimental tale that was on the reading list of many, many adults and now it's been rewritten to be appropriate for younger cat loves.

I would say that it's for advanced 4th graders on up. It's a tad sad at the end, but all-in-all Dewey's story is so full of love that the message that you carry away is overwhelmingly positive and uplifting.

Personally, I was just amazed at the effect that one individual --cat, dog, or person -- could have on his community. Dewey was the social-glue for his town; a force that brought everyone together. It's true, you see. One person... or rather one cat CAN make a difference.

Reading this now to my two I read it for myself first). Great story.

Pam
Somewhere in the X-burbs
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Camilla M. Pierce on May 26, 2010
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This is a great book about a town in Iowa that had a cat in their library. I have been to this library & played with Dewey & I think that is why I enjoyed it so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on September 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely LOVED this book. I was literally raised by a siamese cat, my Sookie, who lived to the ripe old age of 23. She may have lived longer, had my parents not decided to put her down due to a feeble digestive system. Everything here brought me back to those days with Sookie and nothing came to a surprise. My Sookie was just as creative and inventive in her festive play games. My Sookie, however, did not enter into my life as this special one did, being left in a bookdrop one frigid winter night.

My parents, sisters, brother, and myself have always been (since Sookie) kitty people and we've been through many little ones. I have to say, however, that when it comes to saying goodbye I have to walk away from the relationship. I cannot bare to see a precious family member taken away and therefore - sorry, but I just could not finish this book, no matter how wonderful it was.

Just like my Sookie, I will remember Dewey the way that I remembered the special one as it was alive and a part of my life.

Sorry about the sad review, but nevertheless, a wonderful story-and tribute- to a wonderfull kitty who has changed her life and to all our kitties who have entered (ands yes unfortunately had to eventually exit) our own lives.

Thanks for the memories,
Karen
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