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Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! (Dewey Readmore)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  5,045 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Pet books melt hearts, but with a few exceptions (most conspicuously Marley), they seldom make bestseller lists. That seemed doubly true of cat books, which don't sell as well as their canine equivalents. That all changed though with the entrance of Dewey, Vicki Myron's adorable 2008 adult nonfiction book about a kitten orphan who became a popular public library resident. ...more
ebook, 40 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2009)
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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 ...more
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
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
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
Feb 07, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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 ...more
Eva Leger
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.
Valerie Lurquin
This is a true story about a cat that was put into a book return on a night in January of 1988. The library staff decided to adopt him and nurse him back to health when they found him the next morning. The libraries board and the city approved, so a contest was held to name the cat. The name Dewey Readmore Books was his official name and he became part of the library staff. All of the staff members took care of Dewey and raised money to pay for his food by donating pop cans and accepting donatio ...more
"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, ...more
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!
Jaime Kline
“Library? [Shows front cover.] What does that word mean? [Children respond.] It is a place where you get books. We have one in our school. Also, there are other libraries, and they are open to everyone. Have you been to another library? [Children respond.] What animal is on the cover of this book? [Children respond.] A fluffy, orange, tabby-cat. I wonder how a cat spends his time in a library. Would you like to find out? [Children respond.]”
I started the opening moves with drawing attention to
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.
I would have given this book three stars, but the four-star rating comes courtesy of my 3 yo daughter, who has really enjoyed this library book. I would have thought it was little more than cute, and as others have remarked, the illustrations of Dewey are very cute. But what makes this book a cut above cute is (1) Dewey's relationship with his stuffed mouse, whom he confides in, and (2) Dewey's relationships with the children at the library. Dewey is shown able to connect to children who are dif ...more
It's the illustrations, they kill me.

But anytime I think about Dewey I think about how a kitten/cat would fare in the public library I work in... it would not end well.
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5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

The illustrated children's book version of Vicki Myron's adult book, Dewey the Library Cat. Dewey is new to being a library cat, as he is trying to figure out what a library cat does, he wonders if he is the right cat for the job.

I decided to start reviewing some picture books because I see really cute ones in the library, and this is my first one. While mo

Genre: Fantasy
Dewey speaks to Marty Mouse. All other aspects of the story are realistic.

Pre-Reading Strategy: Think-Pair-Share

Think-Pair-Share is a strategy that can be utilized across all content areas. It can be used before, during, and after reading a selected text. When using this as a pre-reading strategy, the teacher may ask a question to activate background knowledge. It is a good way for students to use their schema to prepare them for what they will read. It is also a go
Savannah Harpster
This is a beautifully fully-illustrated picture book full of fun and adventure for any child, about an abandon cat named Dewey that discovers his true calling as a library cat. But have you ever heard of having a cat in the library as a pet? Well in the small town of Spencer, Iowa it’s not unusual at all because Librarian Vicki Myron finds a small innocent kitten left behind in the Spencer Library return box, where she is able to nurse the poor thing back to health and give him a good home. Well ...more
Hayley Zamzow
This cuddly little story Dewey: There's a Cat in the Library! by Vicki Myron, gives us a look at the life of a kitten who lives in the library. Left in the library's book drop, this poor little kitten is taken in and cleaned up by the librarian. He eventually is given the fitting name of Dewey Readmore Books. At first he isn't a huge fan of the littlest children, but eventually gains an understanding of his place in the library.

This book would be great for young children, up to second grade. It'
Megan Craig
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture book- Realistic Fiction
Pre-reading strategy: Picture Walk Strategy- Creates interest in reading the story; learn about children's experience related to the story; practice using visual cues; think about questions to explore while reading

Script: "Let's look at the front cover. What do you think this story will be about?" Pause for answers. "Have you ever seen a cat in the library before?" Turn the page. "What do you see? What do you think is happening?" Use these l
Valeria Martinez
I think the book was good because it makes you read more books and I like the part when the libraryian found the cat in the cabnet were people turn in their books .
But the cat makes everyone in the library smile and he lets people read alote of books .
Like at the end when a girl was sad and Dewey cherred her up by climbing inside her sweater. Then she started laughing and she said she loves him and Dewey became purring.
David Perilo
Dewey There's a Cat in the Library would be suitable for students in 2nd or 3rd grades. The students in these grades would love the pictures which look to be water color, very vibrant and colorful. The fact that there is a cute little kitten playing around would spark the students interest.The kitten is very fun loving and playful throughout the book, even is able to cheer a sad girl up when she was down. It can help the students see that we all have our part in society as well. I could use this ...more
One of my favorite books. As a cat lover, this book really pulled at my heart. Whilst reading Dewey, I laughed and cried. What an amazing story, what an amazing cat. Cats (pets in general) should never be underestimated for their place in the world. My cat saved my life and changed me for the better. Dewey touched the lives of so many people. Take the time to read this book.
Mary Lowd
I'm giving this book four stars on the strength of the illustrations.

My daughter brought this home from her school library, and I was excited to read it to her. The topics -- cats and books -- very much interest me, and the pictures looked beautiful. However, I was disappointed by the story. It was written reasonably well, but the characters were shallow, the plot lacking, and it didn't seem to matter at all that it was set in a library.

For a similar story told much better, I recommend The Fire
Two of my students gave this picture book to me yesterday since they know about my love for felines and for books. I've read the adult version of the library cat in Spencer, Iowa, but I hadn't read the picture book version of the story, and I was thrilled to have a chance to do so. This title will be quite appealing to young readers since it shows Dewey as a kitten, causing havoc in his new home, and getting to know all the different human patrons. Once he settles down a bit, he becomes the perf ...more
I've reassessed this book after our first read. Logan can't resist a cat book, especially about an orange cat! He liked it, but I think he was expecting more and he hasn't asked for it again. It's based on the true story of a dirty and hungry kitten a librarian finds in the book drop one morning. She names him Dewey Readmore Books and he becomes the library cat. The story shows how Dewey becomes accustomed to the ways of children and how he comforts the lonely or sad ones. But I found it a bit d ...more
Kym Winchester
Audience: I think this book would be enjoyable to K-1st grade, based on content. Book is very sweet, uses terms like mommy and daddy; may seem a bit babyish to those above 1st grade.

Appeal: I believe this would appeal to children who like a bit of make believe (a cat in the library and seeing kitty's point of view). I also believe it will appeal to children who enjoy animals.

Application: I would have children read this book after I did a walk through asking them to predict what they think might
Is this great literature no. But it's also for kids. I think some of the reviewers forgot that very important fact. This is a very cute story about a cat. My kids loved it, and I enjoyed reading it. So that's a total win in my book! No pun intended.
While a cute child's book, I felt Dewey bounced around. Instead of focusing on one area about how Dewey came to the library, Ms. Myron took into into a different direction that was too off for a children's book. It was just odd.
An adorable picture book about the real library cat from Iowa: Dewey Readmore Books. I loved the adult non-fiction tale and was entertained by the juv interpretation. The book included cute drawings as well.
Adam Breitkreutz

One morning Vicki Myron a librarian in Iowa discovers a tiny cat in the return box, she decides to keep him in the library and names him Dewey. Dewey soon realizes that being a library cat means that he should help people. Dewey sets out to help and put a smile on patron's faces.


This is a very touching story, with wonderful illustrations about an abandoned cat that's able to find a new home, and purpose for his life. I'd use this book for any patron who loves animals, and who may
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I was born in Spencer and grew up on a farm south of Moneta, Iowa—a town that no longer exists. I graduated from Hartley Iowa High School and moved to Mankato, Minnesota where I worked, married, had a daughter and went to college. I have a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State and a master’s from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas. In 1982, I returned to Spencer, Iowa to begin working at the ...more
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