The book tells the story of Dewey Readmore Books, a cat who found its way into a library book drop box one cold winter morning. Vicki Myron, the librarian found a frost bitten and freezing kitten and saved him. She immediately fell in love with him and nursed him back to health. The library eventually adopted the kitten, and had a contest to name him, Dewey Readmore Books. He lived 19 years in the Spencer Library, and became famous around the world. His story traveled around the world, and news crews came from as far as Japan to tell his story. Dewey also tells the story of the town of Spencer, Iowa. The town was in a depression. Dewey inspired the town to do better and to improve. He brought hope to the small town. Dewey was a cat who was able to transform a town. There are some funny parts in the book. Dewey always seemed to get into trouble in the library. Dewey’s addiction to rubber bands and miniature boxes is also quite funny. When Dewey gets old and becomes less playful and inactive, the town loses interest in its kitty. The author talks about the way our culture focuses on the young and beautiful and how we throw away the old. Dewey’s “mom” and head librarian, Vicki Myron, stands up for and cares for Dewey. She also becomes involved with people who are less valued as they age and function less in society. The book also tells the story of Vicki Myron’s struggles as a single mother. She had to develop a relationship with her own daughter, and Dewey helped that relationship. She also had many health issues and Dewey helped her deal with them. My favorite part of the book was Vicki first found Dewey. The way she cared for him during his recovery was amazing. The entire story was very good and I cannot think of anything bad about the book. I would recommend this book especially for cat lovers. Even if you do not love cats you cannot help but love the story of Dewey Readmore Books.
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