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Dewey, de bibliotheekkat

(Dewey Readmore)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  48,256 ratings  ·  5,949 reviews
Hoeveel invloed kan een dier hebben? Hoeveel levens
kan een kat veranderen? Hoe is het mogelijk dat een
achtergelaten kitten een kleine bibliotheek in Iowa, en
vandaar uit de hele wereld, op stelten zette?
Dit is het bijzondere verhaal van Dewey, de bibliotheekkat.
Zijn leven begon niet heel voorspoedig. Hij was
pas een paar weken oud toen hij
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Paperback, heruitgave, 280 pages
Published October 2010 by De Boekerij (first published 2008)
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Cathleen
Nov 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, am I in the minority with this one. I like cats, I like libraries, and I've even known a library cat or two. I didn't expect to rave about this book quite as much as many others have done, but I also didn't expect to think so very little of it.

A few cute anecdotes notwithstanding, there is just nothing special about this book. Any pet owner could write as much (and many would do it markedly better). The tone of the author was grating to me, and her experiences were not nearly as interestin
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Kinga
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect this book to be quality literature and of course it wasn't. It was a feel-good book, only I've noticed that most feel-good books actually make me feel nauseous instead of good. Especially those that idealize small town America.

I thought I was going to scream if I had to read another paragraph about how amazing the town of Spencer, Iowa is. To give you a taste:
"That's another of Spencer's unique and valuable assets: its people. We are good, solid, hardworking mid
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Bionic Jean
There is a common idiomatic phrase, "it does exactly what it says on the tin". Well in the case of Dewey: The small-town library-cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter, it doesn't. The book is a bit of a hotch-potch.

It starts out as a very promising and touching animal story. The librarian of a small town library in Spencer, Iowa, discovers a tiny, frozen, furry bundle in the drop-box of her library. Incredibly, the bundle proves to be a kitten who is still alive, though barely. Which a
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Carmaletta Hilton
I thought I was reading a book about a cat, but I wound up reading a book about a woman with a lot of troubles in her life. For every chapter that was actually about Dewey, there seemed to be 2 or 3 that were just about her. I'm very sorry for the losses in this woman's life, and the things she went through, but that's not what I set out to read. I expected a good, light-hearted story about a cat, but every time I reached a point where my spirits were lifted, Ms. Myron brought it all crashing do ...more
Tom Franklin
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vicky Myron's "Dewey" is a book about many things: life in small town Iowa, Vicky's own life history, the important role a library can play in the life and identity of a community and, of course, Dewey Readmore Books, one of the best known and well loved cats in the world.

Despite the variety of topics Myron writes about, her book holds together so well through her decision to write honestly about everything. Some of her personal and family history was obviously difficult to write abo
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Phrynne
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
A little disappointing. I was expecting a book about Dewey but he hardly featured at all. I enjoyed the sections about the other cats but again they were out weighed by long anecdotes about their owners which did not really interest me.
The best bits are the photos especially the one of Dewey on the cover. He was a real beauty.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“A great library doesn't have to be big or beautiful. It doesn't have to have the best facilities or the most efficient staff or the most users. A great library provides. It is enmeshed in the life of a community in a way that makes it indispensable. A great library is one nobody notices because it is always there, and always has what people need.”

A non-fiction book about an adorable cat and a small town's history. The cat helps change that history and give the town's heart a bit more beat. Un
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Firstly, thank you all for enjoying putting up with my cat-story updates. As pet lovers know, we all need to talk about our pets to random strangers from time to time, so that was rather therapeutic.

Dewey's story is an incredible one. And, as shown by the 20-year difference from the beginning to the end of the book, it's highly unlikely the library would have adopted a cat in this day and age. As Vicki notes, there were complaints after Dewey showed up and it was decided that he would stay, but they ap
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Johnny Story
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers and saps
If you ever had a cat growing up then you have to read this book. Much like pets, embarking on this comparatively short 275 page journey, you're signing up for the little guy to warm you over, make you smile, and eventually break your heart (after a 19 year run). With pets, we know what we're getting into and but we just have to do it anyway. To outsiders our pets may be labeled "just a stupid cat" or "just a dumb mutt." However, if you've grown up with one before you've felt that connection. Yo ...more
Suzanne
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this is not a great literary book, I give it high rating because it touched my heart and is such a strong reminder of how much animals add to our lives. If you have ever saved or rescued an animal, you know how grateful they are and how much love they give back. They bring us though hard and sad times in such a special way. This little guy touch the hearts and lives of an entire town and, through this book, continues to touch hearts.
Matthew
This was an okay book - not great, but pretty interesting and easy to follow. It was an interesting (and sometimes bizarre) mix of emotions; happy, sad, or even disturbing.

Here are a few observational bullet points:

- 30% of this book is about the cat. If you expect to have a book just about the cat, you will be very disappointed.
- 30% is about small town America, 80s farm crisis, etc. This was sort of interesting, but unexpected.
- 30% is about the author's dif
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Margitte
BLURB: How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

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Jawelnofine, I am one of those weirdos who just cannot resist the idea of Dewey the library cat. My whole life wa/>
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Reese
Dec 20, 2009 marked it as stopped-reading  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who think a blanket is food & old folks who miss walking miles to school during snowstorms
Ignore the "to-read" following "never-got-to-the-last-page." Only 210 more pages to go the distance and earn the right to give one star to DEWEY -- but I left the ring. Another ten pages -- and I might have been "down for the count" in Spencer, Iowa. Sorry -- kitty lovers. By the way, I'm one of you. Sorry -- Simple Simon lovers. And sorry -- small-town, out-in-the-middle-of-nowhere, lovers. This book may be for you, but it's not for me.

When I hated grading freshman compositions, but before the
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West
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like reading fluff.
Shelves: 2008
Purely a feel-good story (which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you like to read). I can't help but feel the author was prone to over-romanticize Dewey and attribute absolute intent all of the time to all of his actions.

Don't get me wrong--I am a cat owner/lover myself... But, as a resident realist, the fact that Dewey lived so long, generated so much publicity, and obviously soothed a lonely woman who seemed to have a host of physical (and possibly emotional?) issues may
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Laura
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: GR team
An unforgettable story about a cat and his power to change our lives forever!!
Amanda
Oct 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal lovers and Hallmark commercial cryers
Recommended to Amanda by: GoodReads is advertising it like the second coming
Shelves: 2008, it-s-kinda-true
As I walked out of Penn Station this morning, the proverbial country mouse blinking in the early morning city sunshine, the homesick hole in my heart was filled with a glorious and familiar sight--Borders Bookstore! Oh thank god, finally somewhere I can navigate with familiar ease. And familiarity is an understatement. Every table and shelf looked exactly the same as every table and shelf in the bookstore back home--Cormac McCarthy alongside Love in the Time of Cholera. Jane Green sidling up to ...more
Grace
Sep 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is certainly a tear-jerker, and one that will appeal to anyone who has a heart, but especially to anyone who works at a library. The book is one of those wonderful experiences where the story may be about a cat, but there are lessons to be learned throughout that can apply to anyone's life.

But the main character is, of course, Dewey himself, who springs to life in such endearing ways. I never tired of hearing about the behavior and antics of this amazing library cat.

My onl
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Rachel Aranda
This book is a 2.75 rating for me but I'll round to a 3 as I couldn't have finished this book if it wasn't in an audio version. I'd definitely recommend the audio over print.

When I bought this book I thought I was buying a book just about Dewy Readsmore Books, his life at the library, and aspects of how he grew to be the most famous library cat ever. Instead I heard a lot about the private life of his owner, Vicki Myron, and the town both cat and owner call home. This disappointed me
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Kirsti
Oct 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who can tolerate six packets of Equal in one cup of coffee
OMG I AM O.D'ing ON RURAL CHARM GET TO THE POINT ALREADY.

I am listening to the audiobook, which is narrated by the same woman who narrated five gruesome mystery novels by Julia Spencer-Fleming. So, even though this book is about a pwecious widdle kitty cat, I keep thinking that any minute there will be a disembowelment.

I really don't know if I can finish this thing. It seems to be a Reader's Digest article that has metastasized into a bestseller.

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Erin
Nov 12, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is in some serious need of editing. The anecdotes about Dewey were cute, but the long winded history of small town Iowa and the author were too much for me.

I didn't finish this book and I wish I had the two hours back that I gave to it.
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Cats and Books are often a winning combination of mine. Dewey was one of those books that really caught my eye. The story of a small kitten found huddled up one day in a local library in Iowa by a Librarian, cold and close to death. Named Dewey, his story suddenly spread across not just the USA but all over the world as well, bringing many people together and sharing the love for one furry feline. The passages about Dewey's life as well as the library setting were written well. What let the book ...more
Jeanette
Oh, this made me laugh and feel sad at the same time. Having emptied book drops myself, Vicki Myron sure knows how it goes. Nothing surprises me.

But Dewey's tale in Spencer, Iowa sure was something. With human reversals and our sad good-byes, nothing seems to unite as does a savvy beast who understands how to run all of us.

Dewey's legacy, IMHO, is trying to focus on every day kindness to closest and stranger alike, and toward achieving a uniting factor of non-criticism toward the mo
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Caroline
Feb 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a lark. At 5.00am in the morning I can read anything. In fact I’m up for a challenge. But as the day wears on I flag. Come 11pm at night my brain is mush, and my bedtime reading has to be easy, soothing and happy. Stodge for the eyes. It has to go down like my favourite pudding.

“Dewey – The small-town library-cat who touched the world” was in this vein. It should have appealed to bedtime me – I am completely besotted with cats, and with libraries for that matter..... but it didn’t. The book wa/>“Dewey
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Lisa
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book turned out to be about more than a cute cat. I also learned a lot about corn, family farms, farming and small towns, as well as about the author. She tries to stay out of the book, but that is a difficult task. Dewey is an amazing cat and definatley worth reading about.
Cheryl
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is as much about Spencer, Iowa and the people who live there as it is about Dewey the cat. The author (a librarian in Spencer) tells of the people in the town and how Dewey affected their lives for the better. She chronicles his life from when he came to the library as an abandoned kitten to his death at age 19. While heartwarming, this isn't a cutsie story about a kitty cat. The town, the librarian, and the cat are all survivors of hard times. An enjoyable read.
Skip
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, e-books
If you love cats or libraries or both, this book is for you. I do. A small gray kitten is found in a book slot deposit, more dead than alive, in the middle of an Iowan winter. After a bath, a warm-up, and a recovery from frostbitten feet pads, it turns out the kitten is an orange tabby; he is adopted by the Spencer Free Library and after a naming contest, becomes Dewey Readmore Books. In the 1980s, things were rough in Iowa: farmers went bankrupt, then their banks followed, and towns too. Dewey, ...more
Rikke
I love cats. I love libraries. But God, I loathed this.

Not because of Dewey, of course. Dewey seems like the sweetest kitten that ever graced earth – like most kittens do. He lived in a library and made the life of the librarians a bit sweeter and lovelier just by being there. He was rescued, and he rescued others in turn. He made a difference just by existing. As pets often do.

The parts of this book concerning Dewey's routines and habits were overly cute. I adored reading about Dew
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Rachel Aranda
When I bought this book I thought I was buying a book just about Dewy Readsmore Books, his life at the library, and aspects of how he grew to be the most famous library cat ever. Instead I heard a lot about the private life of his owner, Vicki Myron, and the town both cat and owner call home. This disappointed me as, if I'm honest I didn't really care about anything not having to do with Dewey. The writing in this book is fine and simple overall. The narrator does a decent job but can be boring ...more
Diane
Dec 25, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, midwest
This book has irritated and disappointed me so much that I'm taking a few minutes to bash it.

I first saw "Dewey" in a book store before Christmas. I read the first page of the introduction while standing in front of the new books display, and I loved it. That first page was one of the best descriptions of Iowa I've read -- it perfectly summarized how I feel about my home state.

"There is a thousand mile table of land in the middle of the United States, between the Mississi
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Bibliovoracious
2.5 Dewey's adorable; the story of his odds-beating survival, rescue, and world domination through cat charm is pretty great. I love cats! I love libraries!

What went wrong? Saccharine and Reader's Digesty, ew.
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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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