Pages - 271
Challenges - Non Fiction Five
Published in 2008 by Hodder and Stoughton
The first thing I felt was a blast of freezing air. Someone had jammed a book into the return slot, wedging it open. It was as cold in the box as it was outside; maybe colder, since the box was lined with metal. You could have frozen meat in there. I was still catching my breath when I saw the kitten.
It was huddled in the front left corner of the box, its head down, its legs tucked underneath it, trying to appear as small as possible.
The kitten looked at me, slowly and sadly. The it lowered its head and sank down into its hole. It wasn't trying to appear tough. It wasn't trying to hide. I don't even think it was scared. It was just hoping to be saved.Why do I put myself through such torture by reading this style of book. I have got through a whole box of hankies and actually had to sit in a room on my own by the end of the book as I was sobbing so much.
This book is the story of Dewey, the cat that took over a library, making it his home and became an international star. The book follows the lives of the library staff through the years as they move on with their lives and build a relationship with Dewey. Now I know that there are exceptional cats all over the world, but even I came away thinking Dewey was very special. Like most cats, he could sense when someone needed his company to ease their pain.
Anyone reading this book, who owns a cat, will notice elements of their own relationship with their pet and I think this is what makes this book special. It reminds you how much your animals actually mean to you. How they are always there when you need them the most. When I finished reading this book, I searched the house for my beautiful boy, Georgie, who has been poorly lately and just sat and cuddled him.
I dare anyone to read this book and not cry a few tears, especially if you are a cat lover. Once I finished, I found myself googling Dewey and watching videos on YouTube about him. This book affected me in the same way that A Lion Called Christian did. It tugged at my heart strings and made me mourn an animal I never knew. This book will never win any literary awards, but it will win Dewey fans around the world.
The book not only deals with the love we have for our animals, but it also deals with the emotional roller coaster we call life. Vicky Myron tells us a lot about her journey through life whilst working at the library and you feel her pain, as she loses members of her family and goes through major operations in order to keep surviving. Vicky Myron is a fighter and so was Dewey.
I intend to rave about this book to everyone I speak to for the next month. It might not be your normal style of book, but if you love animals, you really should read this. It might encourage you to give your pets an extra cuddle or another little treat.
I love this book, but I don't think I can ever read it again without investing in a handkerchief company. Off now, to buy some very thick concealer, to cover up the puffy, red eyes caused by this book.