Critter pals, I have just finished the best book. It's Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World. The story is told through the eyes of Vicki Myron, the librarian.
The book is charming, endearing, and all cat. I, for one, love the fact that Dewey was a cat and remained all cat throughout this true story. Myron with Bret Witter told the story of Dewey and, in the telling, remained true to Dewey. If you read the book, you'll know what I mean.
I don't want to say too much because I want you to enjoy the story for yourself, but Myron finds a kitten in the return book slot at the Spencer Iowa Public Library one cold morning. "Dewey wins the heart of not only the librarian... but the patrons of the library." And he goes on to become known to and win the hearts of people from the town of Spencer, the state, the country, and even wins international fame.
This book chronicles his life. He's not extraordinary, it's just that he's extraordinary at being a cat. He does us proud, fellow kitties. For example, Dewey only likes to play with balls that contain catnip. When a special child brings him a gift of a ball with not one nip of catnip in sight, Myron prays that he'll get excited about the present so the child will not be hurt. Dewey, of course, intuitively rises to the occasion and not only plays with the ball, but tosses and chases it to exhaustion.
This is a story beyond cathood. It tells of the importance of relationships and how one small critter could change the lives of those around him.
I'm going to break out and give my first 4-paw rating to this wonderful book. There is a full version of this non-fiction book as well as a 40-page version for young readers. Enjoy this great read.