Nov 27, 2010

Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter

Dewey's Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired MillionsDEWEY’S NINE LIVES: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions offers nine funny, inspiring, and heartwarming stories about cats---all told from the perspective of "Dewey's Mom," librarian Vicki Myron. The amazing felines in this book include Dewey, of course, whose further never-before-told adventures are shared, and several others who Vicki found out about when their owners reached out to her. Vicki learned, through extensive interviews and story sharing, what made these cats special, and how they fit into Dewey's community of perseverance and love. From a divorced mother in Alaska who saved a drowning kitten on Christmas Eve to a troubled Vietnam veteran whose heart was opened by his long relationship with a rescued cat, these Dewey-style stories will inspire readers to laugh, cry, care, and, most importantly, believe in the magic of animals to touch individual lives.


Vicki Myron was born in Spencer and grew up on a farm south of Moneta, Iowa - a town that no longer exists. Vicki graduated from Hartley Iowa High School and moved to Mankato, Minnesota where she worked, married, had a daughter and went to college. Vicki has a bachelor's degree from Mankato State and a master's from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas. In 1982, she returned to Spencer, IA to begin working at the public library. In 1987, Vicki was named Director of Spencer Public Library and she served in that position for 25 and ½ years. Vicki retired in 2007 to write this book. She currently resides in Spencer.


If you have ever been loved by a cat, you will love this book. It includes numerous stories of people whose lives were forever changed for the better, because of their relationship and bond with a furry creature that loved them unconditionally.

We currently have three cats in our house, so I could easily relate to the stories in this book. Little kittens are so adorable, and how can you not love them? You take them home with you, and your home is immediately taken over by a never-ending ball of fur and activity. But the joys of having a purring kitty curled up in your lap far outweighs the shredded furniture, the persistent cat hair that clings to all of your clothes, and the endless empty cat food dishes.

Here is one quote that really made me laugh. The author Vicki Myron is talking about another cat of hers named Page Turner, and she is comparing how different he is from Dewey, the infamous library cat.

Dewey loved heat. He would get so hot lounging in front of the library heater that you couldn't touch his fur. Page Turner hated heat. Even in winter, I found him curled up in the coldest place in the house, the basement stairs. He hated sunlight. He was skittish around strangers. And he never curled up in my lap, which was Dewey's favorite spot. Page Turner preferred to lie on top of my feet.

He didn't care about my rules. No matter how many times I put him down, he always jumped on the dining table. He ran back and forth through the drapes, driving himself into a frenzy. Without fail, he chose my best furniture to sharpen his claws on. He chased his tail like a dog. He stared at the TV like a slack-jawed teenager. When I put ice in his water dish to keep it fresh, he fished it out and chased it around the house. Dewey hated water so much, he wouldn't even drink it. Page never cared about getting soaked. He never cared about being laughed at. Dewey was dignified. He couldn't stand being the butt of the joke. Page Turner never seemed to mind that I was doubled over laughing at his antics.

Maybe why I enjoyed the quote above is that it totally reminds me of the newest member of our own cat family.  We have had many cats over the years, but this latest one is BAD, to the core.  And we can't help but love him for it.  He keeps us laughing, he keeps our other two cats from being bored, and we never know what his next antics will be. Each cat is individual, and they find a special place in the lives and hearts of anyone privileged to spend time with them.

This book would make a perfect Christmas gift for cat lovers in your life.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Dewey's Nine Lives through Authors on the Web, in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Guess what? I am a librarian and adore cats, and bought the first book about Dewey, but haven't read it yet. I look forward to reading it.

  2. I read this one and also enjoyed it -- great review!