Friday, 4 June 2010

9+: Dewey: The Trues Story of a World Famous Cat - Vicky Myron and Brett Witter


A special adaptation for younger readers of the international bestselling Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. A heart-warming story about the library cat who inspired the lives of those around him as well as people across the world. At only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, Dewey was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. The next morning librarian, Vicki Myron, finds him and nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he would become the library's offical pet! Dewey soon learns to love his new home, spending each day spreading his own special brand of love to those that enter the library and winning the hearts of everyone around him.


I’m a sucker for an animal story so when I originally heard about Dewey I really did have to read about his extraordinary life from his humble beginnings as a dirty kitten in the book drop system to famed cat of the library.

Beautifully told for the younger audience this tale not only had me in tears but at other times laughter as you learned about his quirks as well as mischievous antics. However that said, one thing I will warn you about ahead of time is the build up to Dewey’s passing. This, not only had me in floods of tears but also upset me as to the harsh treatment of Dewey by the library’s board members, who made me feel disgusted that they could easily disguard an “employee” who had brought love, community spirit and his own brand of friendship to their town through some very hard financial years.

Whilst a number of readers will be fascinated with this colourful character it is a tale that deals with death and the behaviour of some of the humans will certainly disgust alongside upset a number of readers. So be warned, you may well wish to read this title before allowing your young reader the title.

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