Preschool and elementary age children are often familiar with the library. They go with parents, grandparents and teachers. Often they hear stories read by the librarian and check out books to take home with them. But, never do they see a cat in the library. Well, that is unless they are at the Spencer library in Iowa. There they would see Dewey Readmore Books, the cat that was abandoned in the “Returns” box while he was a kitten and now lives in the library.
Based on a true story, Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library! is a version for young children of the book Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. Both books were written by Vicki Myron the librarian at the Spencer library and lucky soul who found Dewey.
Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library! is sure to turn even the least likely person into a cat lover. Thoughts from Dewey himself are included in the story giving the reader insight into the cat’s character. Dewey struggles with his new found role as library cat particularly when young visitors pull his tail or hold him upside down. As the story unfolds Dewey learns that he is more than a just a cat in library he is there to help people in his own special way.
The beautiful illustrations give this true story a realistic look. Dewey is so perfectly illustrated you want to reach out and pet him. Each picture captures a small part of the life that exists inside the Spencer library. A place that seems more enchanted than real because of Dewey’s existence.
Reading this book to children, whether at a school or library story time or at bed time at home will elicit oohs, and ahhs from the crowd. Picture books are often read without much reaction from the listeners. But, Dewey’s tender-hearted story and big brown eyes will leave the readers wanting more and wishing their local library had a cat of its own.
Just as the patrons of the Spencer library fell in love with Dewey, so will the readers of Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library! fall in love with this fantastic book.