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The story of Dewey the celebrated library cat is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully-illustrated picture book adventure. When Librarian Vicki Myron finds a young kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box, she nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he will be their library cat, and naming him, appropriately, Dewey Readmore The story of Dewey the celebrated library cat is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully-illustrated picture book adventure. When Librarian Vicki Myron finds a young kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box, she nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he will be their library cat, and naming him, appropriately, Dewey Readmore Books. Dewey loves his new home, but once he discovers the littlest library visitors-who like to chase him, pull his tail, and squeeze him extra tight-Dewey begins to wonder if he's truly cut out for the demands of his new job. In the end, he is triumphant as he realizes that helping people big and small is what he is meant to do, and that by sharing his special brand of Dewey love, he can be the best library cat of all.


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The story of Dewey the celebrated library cat is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully-illustrated picture book adventure. When Librarian Vicki Myron finds a young kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box, she nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he will be their library cat, and naming him, appropriately, Dewey Readmore The story of Dewey the celebrated library cat is now available for the youngest of readers in this new, fully-illustrated picture book adventure. When Librarian Vicki Myron finds a young kitten abandoned in the Spencer Library return box, she nurses him back to health, deciding then and there that he will be their library cat, and naming him, appropriately, Dewey Readmore Books. Dewey loves his new home, but once he discovers the littlest library visitors-who like to chase him, pull his tail, and squeeze him extra tight-Dewey begins to wonder if he's truly cut out for the demands of his new job. In the end, he is triumphant as he realizes that helping people big and small is what he is meant to do, and that by sharing his special brand of Dewey love, he can be the best library cat of all.

30 review for Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah BT

    Oh Dewey. Your story was cute to start but now I'm a bit sick of you. You, like your canine counterpart Marley, have turned into a let's see how much money we can make off this animal marketing venue. This picture book featuring Dewey might appeal to Dewey fans or cat lovers, but that's about it. I didn't really learn anything about Dewey's life, the story doesn't flow, and it really does read like a "let's see what else we can turn this Dewey story into it and milk it for all it's worth" type o Oh Dewey. Your story was cute to start but now I'm a bit sick of you. You, like your canine counterpart Marley, have turned into a let's see how much money we can make off this animal marketing venue. This picture book featuring Dewey might appeal to Dewey fans or cat lovers, but that's about it. I didn't really learn anything about Dewey's life, the story doesn't flow, and it really does read like a "let's see what else we can turn this Dewey story into it and milk it for all it's worth" type of book. The book starts out OK but then it turns into random snipppets about Dewey and doesn't ever really have a cohesive plot. Honestly, I'm not even sure how this made it onto the Show-Me Readers list, other than the fact that it takes place in the library. But there isn't much of a lesson typically found in books on the list. Needless to say, I was very disappointed in this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Pity I'm not younger. This is for little kids, so it's hard to judge. Still, it was cute though. Rating 3.5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library is a gorgeous picture book based on the true story of Dewey Readmore Books. Dewey is a orange colored kitten who was left in a public library's book drop one night. When Vicki, the librarian, returns to the library in the morning to find a cold and dirty Dewey in the book drop, she cleans him up and decides to keep him at the library, as the library's cat. The story follows Dewey as he explores the library, gets to know the library's patrons, and learns to be Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library is a gorgeous picture book based on the true story of Dewey Readmore Books. Dewey is a orange colored kitten who was left in a public library's book drop one night. When Vicki, the librarian, returns to the library in the morning to find a cold and dirty Dewey in the book drop, she cleans him up and decides to keep him at the library, as the library's cat. The story follows Dewey as he explores the library, gets to know the library's patrons, and learns to be the best library cat that he can be. The story's illustrator, Steve James, paints beautiful and soft, realistic illustrations of Dewey and the children at the library. I was so excited to see this story in picture book form. I had checked out the original "adult" story, also written by Vicki Myron, but didn't have the time to read it before it had to be returned. I enjoyed this adaptation of Dewey's story. This would be a wonderful library storytime book for preschool and school-aged children. Especially in a library setting children will identify with a story set in a library.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    I WANT A LIBRARY CAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *NEED

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rue Monroe

    Better than the adult version.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Illustrations of the cat is very cute. The story is ok.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Bye

    Audience: Primary (Pre-K through 2nd) Genre: Fantasy Fiction Pre-Reading Strategy: K-W-L This is an instructional reading strategy that is used to guide students through a text. Students begin by brainstorming everything they Know about a topic. This information is recorded in the K column of a K-W-L chart. Students then generate a list of questions about what they Want to Know about the topic. These questions are listed in the W column of the chart. During or after reading, students answer the qu Audience: Primary (Pre-K through 2nd) Genre: Fantasy Fiction Pre-Reading Strategy: K-W-L This is an instructional reading strategy that is used to guide students through a text. Students begin by brainstorming everything they Know about a topic. This information is recorded in the K column of a K-W-L chart. Students then generate a list of questions about what they Want to Know about the topic. These questions are listed in the W column of the chart. During or after reading, students answer the questions that are in the W column. This new information that they have Learned is recorded in the L column of the K-W-L chart. 1. Choose a text to Pre-read to the students to get their ideas about the topic flowing. "Every night, people left books in the return box of the library in the small town of Spencer, Iowa. Funny books, big books, truck books, pig books - they left them all. But one night, On the coldest night of the year, Someone left a strange surprise... A tiny kitten." 2. Create a K-W-L chart on the board. 3. Ask students to brainstorm words, terms, or phrases they associate with the topic. Tell me everything you know about cats, the library and cats in the library. Ask questions like "what made you think of that?" to prompt more detail. Record these responses in the Know part of your chart. 4. Move on to the Want to Know column of the chart. Students make a list questions of what they want to know about the library and cat. Example questions...What do you want to know about cats and the library? What do you think you will learn about cats and the library from the book we are going to read? What would you like to learn more about the library? Cats? Do cats belong in the library? 5. Read the book to the students. 6. In the Learn part of the chart, answer the questions they generated in the Want to K ow part of the chart. This is the new information they learned from reading this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    What’s good about it: Dewey is a rescued cat. A scrawny, dirty kitten left in a library book drop, Dewey is adopted by the librarians and lives out his days among the bookshelves. The book offers some very basic information to children about the proper way to greet and pet a cat. Dewey describes his feelings when he is pet “the wrong way” (against his fur) and carried upside-down by an overeager child. What’s not so good: Dewey is shown playing with rubber bands, which are especially dangerous obj What’s good about it: Dewey is a rescued cat. A scrawny, dirty kitten left in a library book drop, Dewey is adopted by the librarians and lives out his days among the bookshelves. The book offers some very basic information to children about the proper way to greet and pet a cat. Dewey describes his feelings when he is pet “the wrong way” (against his fur) and carried upside-down by an overeager child. What’s not so good: Dewey is shown playing with rubber bands, which are especially dangerous objects to a cat if accidentally ingested. The book is corny as all get-out. The illustrations are cutesy, soft-focus scenes, and the text comes with an extra helping of melted cheese. (It actually ends with the word “purr-fect.”) This likely won’t bother the tiniest tots, but older kids will no doubt roll their eyes at the hokiness and adults will be cringing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather McC

    A five star rating for my favorite library cat. Dewey was a friend to everyone, and managed to teach proper library etiquette when necessary. Great for storytimes or for a community helpers unit. Myron's illustrated version of the 'Dewey' book is a great starting place for young readers who want to know more about the cute library mascot.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Publishers Weekly (September 7, 2009) This genial if cutesy adaptation of the authors' bestselling Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World gets an energetic boost from James's digitally rendered art. Animal-loving readers will be charmed by the realistic, closeup depictions of young library patrons and their tender (and sometimes not-so-tender) interactions with Dewey, who is based on a real-life feline adopted by Myron after it was abandoned in the book drop of her Iowa library. Publishers Weekly (September 7, 2009) This genial if cutesy adaptation of the authors' bestselling Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World gets an energetic boost from James's digitally rendered art. Animal-loving readers will be charmed by the realistic, closeup depictions of young library patrons and their tender (and sometimes not-so-tender) interactions with Dewey, who is based on a real-life feline adopted by Myron after it was abandoned in the book drop of her Iowa library. The narrative becomes overly precious, though, when it ventures inside Dewey's head: " 'Babies are wonderful,' Dewey thought. "Cute and SMELL-icious, too." And as he joins story hour he thinks, "Wowzy whiskers, this looks fun." Despite being manhandled by some young patrons, the cat confides to his toy mouse that he is determined to help people ("I'm ninety-two percent convinced that that's the reason I'm around") and makes good on his promise by cheering up a sad girl who's reading alone. He then proclaims himself a "REAL library cat," which (the story concludes, on a well-worn note) "felt... purr-fect!" Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information. School Library Journal (September 1, 2009) K-Gr 2-This heartwarming picture book is based on the authors' adult title, Dewey (Grand Central, 2008). It describes how on a cold night Myron found a tiny kitten in the return box at Spencer Public Library in Iowa, and the feline's impact on the library community. Dewey Readmore Books overcame unpleasant encounters with young children who picked him up upside down or petted him the wrong way and settled in, "happy" to help people. The realistic illustrations, done in vibrant watercolors, bring the tale to life (the orange cat's expressions are priceless). The story moves along swiftly, and will be a hit with readers requesting animal books.-Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    "Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!" was a sweet book written by Vicki Myron. I thought this book had a lot of great qualities to it that would make it a nice book to have around a classroom for individual choice reading times. The illustrations were realistic, colorful, adorable, and helped lend a hand to the story itself. I would recommend this book to anyone who has younger readers around. The story starts with a librarian finding a kitten in the return box at a library. She scoops him up, "Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library!" was a sweet book written by Vicki Myron. I thought this book had a lot of great qualities to it that would make it a nice book to have around a classroom for individual choice reading times. The illustrations were realistic, colorful, adorable, and helped lend a hand to the story itself. I would recommend this book to anyone who has younger readers around. The story starts with a librarian finding a kitten in the return box at a library. She scoops him up, gives him a bath and decides to let him stay as the library cat. Dewey, the library cat, gets himself into many adventures around the library and meets many people along the way. Near the end of the story Dewey decides to make a job out of being a library cat and fulfills many duties as well as helping cheer up the guests who come to read. This heartwarming book tells the tale of a kitten who wants to help out and how he makes a friend a long the way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    I've read the book Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. I really liked that story and I was excited to share it with our girls. This book is a short, and highly anthropomorphic, version of that tale. The illustrations are great and our girls loved that the story is true. Our oldest is in third grade and her teacher encourages her to read more nonfiction books. This story certainly helps show that not all nonfiction books are crammed with boring details and fact I've read the book Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. I really liked that story and I was excited to share it with our girls. This book is a short, and highly anthropomorphic, version of that tale. The illustrations are great and our girls loved that the story is true. Our oldest is in third grade and her teacher encourages her to read more nonfiction books. This story certainly helps show that not all nonfiction books are crammed with boring details and facts. We enjoyed reading this story together.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    3.5 - We read this yesterday and Julia liked it well enough. I've had Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World since it came out and still haven't read it although I really, really want to get to it soon. It was nice being able to show my Dewey to Julia and explain to her that this cat is real, this woman and library are real and that this really happened. That this book came from a real experience. Who knows, maybe she'll absorb my love for non-fiction. 3.5 - We read this yesterday and Julia liked it well enough. I've had Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World since it came out and still haven't read it although I really, really want to get to it soon. It was nice being able to show my Dewey to Julia and explain to her that this cat is real, this woman and library are real and that this really happened. That this book came from a real experience. Who knows, maybe she'll absorb my love for non-fiction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heidi-Marie

    If Marley can make it in the children's lit world, then so can Dewey! The book does well in bringing up some of the experiences Dewey had which are related in Myron's "full-length" nonfiction book. But I missed the other details which were in the bigger book. Like why it's funny that Dewey always found a rubber band. So while I prefer the bigger book, we HAVE to add Dewey (a library cat) to our children's library!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Maybe it's because I'm a librarian of course, but it was a sentimental story of a cat left in the book return at a public library and the librarians and staff adopt the cat, who they name Dewey Readmore Books, as their library cat. He takes his job seriously by helping people, including kids feel good, It's purr-fect.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Fernandez

    This is such a sweet picture book to read with Kinders! The characters are relatable and there are many examples of how to behave in the library and how to behave around animals. Love it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)

    Overall, I found this to be a cute story. I like that it is based off of real life. Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library is a story about a cat that someone has dropped off at the library on a really cold night. The librarian finds the cat the next morning and takes care of him. She instantly falls in love with the cat and decides that it will be a library cat. Dewey starts off doing what normal kittens do but in a library. He interacts with the people and likes it when they pet him, but only whe Overall, I found this to be a cute story. I like that it is based off of real life. Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library is a story about a cat that someone has dropped off at the library on a really cold night. The librarian finds the cat the next morning and takes care of him. She instantly falls in love with the cat and decides that it will be a library cat. Dewey starts off doing what normal kittens do but in a library. He interacts with the people and likes it when they pet him, but only when they do it the correct way. After walking in on Story Time filled with children who all went crazy over there being a cat in the library, Dewey decides it is time for him to do his duty as a library cat. Helping patrons that come to the library and helping shelve books. He even helps cheer up a sad child. This story is cute. It kept my girls very entertained. They loved reading it. I really liked the different aspects of the library that the book included. I also really loved his full name. I would recommend checking this story out, especially if you have a child or children that love cats! This review, as well as, Cutie Pie and Cutie Pie #2's thoughts can be found on my blog: My Bookish Itinerary

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Wiley

    Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! is a picture book by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter that was published September 15, 2009. This story is intended for an audience of young children between the grades of pre-k and second grade. This story is based off a true story that the author had experienced. The kitten, Dewey, was left in a book drop off at a public library and the librarian, Vicki, nurses him back to health. The kitten gets to explore the library and he becomes the library's pet. Overall, Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! is a picture book by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter that was published September 15, 2009. This story is intended for an audience of young children between the grades of pre-k and second grade. This story is based off a true story that the author had experienced. The kitten, Dewey, was left in a book drop off at a public library and the librarian, Vicki, nurses him back to health. The kitten gets to explore the library and he becomes the library's pet. Overall, I rated this book a three out of five stars. Even though the illustrations were bright and really good, I do not believe the book was interesting enough for a young reader. Most of the book would be too wordy for a child that is in Pre-K or Kindergarten. I personally do not believe the story flows; we do not have any background from where the kitten came from. I believe that this book could be used as a read aloud during story time at school during library class. The students could imagine what it would be like to have a cat as a pet in their own library.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roman Gomez

    I enjoyed this book! I think it does a good job of demonstrating how even difficult situations can be rewarding when you have a sense of purpose. As a rescue cat, Dewey's story reinforces the idea that no matter where a cat (or person for that matter) comes from, they are capable of creating positive change in their environment. Perfect for first graders (and adults)!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Winter

    Frank found this book and we both read it. I had read it several years ago. Frank was very moved by the book. I had a hard time getting through it this time, but once I got to the end of Deweys' life, it was very moving and hard to read. Nice book about a librarian and the town library's cat. Enjoyable read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    A tiny kitten, ribs sticking out, scared, and so cold they had trouble warming him up was found in the library book drop. The staff adopted him and he lived in the library. Everybody needs three names so they named him Dewey Readmore Books. In this book you will meet the library patrons who went in to see him and play with him. A nice story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Konet

    This is the most heart warming cat story that I’ve read in quite awhile, and it’s a true story that makes it even better. This cat brought a community together and got people interested in reading! Libraries should always be a safe haven for learning and knowledge as well as an important part of any community. I had to read this and I wasn’t disappointed

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda Jennings

    I'm not a cat lover so the book didn't interest me that much. But this was a book club pick so I muddled through it. With that being said I can see why the book and the story has gained so much popularity.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karol

    Beautiful picture book based on a true life library cat. Dewey started off as a typical rescue cat receiving care leading to learning his surroundings with playfulness and curiosity. He soon learns he has a big job as a library cat as he meets patrons and adapts to helping them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    A PURR-FECT story for little kids who love cats and love libraries. I am a librarian, but I don't really like to have kitten in my library :) I can not imagine the mess, the distraction it will bring to the kids, and all that. They better stay outside my library to gain my loves :D

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I read Dewey (the original book) when I was in the hospital after giving birth to my daughter, and she LOVES cats. So I thought this children's version would be great to share with my kids. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Talia

    Star rating: 3 Copyright date: 2010 Genre: realistic fiction theme: family, pets, adventure I liked the cover of this book because that is exactly what my cat looks like. I also just love pets. I would include this in my future classroom library.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caieta

    This is the cutest book I've ever read. After I read it, I made my mom read the whole thing, too.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Caufman

    Story about a cat found in the book shoot and lived in the library but had to find a way to belong.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Michelson

    love hearing about dewy TMI about authors life book to long read adult

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