Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.
By: Vicki Myron with Bret Witter.
This is the story of a small-town cat, but it’s also the story of the small Iowa town he lived in. The story starts during the farm crisis of the 1980s when, like rural areas across the country, Spencer, Iowa was struggling with economic depression and a future that was shadowed by uncertainty. Vicky Myron was the library director at the Spencer Public library, and she recounts the tale of a small cat found in the book drop, and how he brightened the days of library patrons and spread that light through the town and eventually the world.
The story of Dewey the library cat is a sweet one, and Myron tells it with affection. Perhaps more than anyone else, her life was affected by the furry presence of a little orange cat, and he takes her through personal and professional challenges. It is difficult to judge any animal story too harshly. The story of Dewey is as warm and fuzzy as you might imagine, and while it occasionally walks the line to saccharine sweetness, that is, perhaps, to be expected.
Dewey may not break any new literary ground, but it’s a story about a cat that brings a little light into a place where it’s needed, and a story that carries a little light of its own. There’s no harm in that.