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Reviewed by Carly L.

I recently finished Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, a collection of stories that compliment the original Dewey book, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. I loved the first book and, although this new collection of stories wasn’t quite as endearing, it was nice to curl up again with Dewey and his friends.

The new Dewey book, again written by Dewey’s “mom”, librarian Vicki Myron, introduces readers to a new group of cat-lovers who have been affected by Dewey or by Dewey-esque kitties. It’s really more of a collection of happy cat stories than a continuation of the Dewey story, since this book introduces readers to other amazing cats and the people that they touched. The book definitely has a little “Chicken Soup for the Soul” in it, complete with tearjerkers and stories your grandparents would love, but I didn’t think it was too canned or cheesy to be enjoyable. On the contrary, it was just warm and fuzzy enough to pull me in, without beating me over the head with the cuteness.

I’d like to tell you that this isn’t one of those crazy cat people books that only works if you own felines, since the stories seem to be universally engrossing and uplifting, but I’m probably not qualified to make that statement, being a crazy cat owner myself. What I can tell you is that the book is more than a collection of happy kitty stories fit for children’s hour. It’s actually very interesting to see how all of these different people were deeply affected by Dewey and cats like Dewey and I think the authors have found a solid common [amazonify]0525951865[/amazonify]thread between different kinds of people. So, from a human interest perspective, this book is worth reading. Then again, if you want to just pick it up for the crazy cat person inside of you (like I did), I highly recommend this fast and delightful read.

Carly lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their two cats. Her favorite thing to do is to curl up by a window with a library book.

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