Dewey’s Nine Lives, Review and Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

Books made great holiday gifts. Seriously. They are readily available in bookstores and discount stores everywhere and there’s super-fast amazon online shipping for you procrastinators who are sitting at home in your PJs or sweats.

What’s better than a book? An animal book, that’s what. There’s something about a simple heartwarming animal story that has broad-based appeal.

Have you heard of Dewey the library cat? Two years ago I reviewed Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat that Changed the World right here at 5 Minutes for Mom (linked to my review), and now I’d like to share the brand new Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions with you.

Even if you haven’t read the book, or even heard about this cat (whose story is now slated to be made into a movie starring Meryl Streep), the prologue of Dewey’s Nine Lives fills the reader in on the background. It was nice for me to have a little refresher on what made Dewey so special.

After the prologue, each chapter is dedicated to one of the nine lives touched by Dewey in some way. The stories are born from people who reached out to author and librarian and “Dewey Mom” Vicki Myron after his death and/or after reading the book. Some of the stories are new stories about Dewey which go into a little bit more depth about the person who Dewey touched. Others are stories that readers shared about cats who made a meaningful impact on them.

I have to admit, I was sucked right in. Reading these stories tugged at my heartstrings and made me want to find a cat to cuddle, but I settled for giving my dog some special attention. Any animal-lover is sure to enjoy Dewey’s Nine Lives.

We have a copy for one of you. Please leave a comment if you’d like to win. U.S. and Canadian addresses are eligible. We’ll announce the winner in our column here on January 3.

Jennifer Donovan manages 5 Minutes for Books and has been a contributing editor at 5 Minutes for Mom for several years. She blogs at Snapshot about life with her 12-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son.

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1 Ginger December 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

Aw man, first comment never wins. I adore animal books. Hopefully this one doesn’t make me cry like Marley’s story did.


2 riTa December 20, 2010 at 8:20 am

So, does the second comment have a better chance?
Seriously, sounds like a FUN book.
Can I read it to my cat?


3 Annette W December 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

I just highlighted Dewey’s Christmas at the Library today, and it was great! I would love to read about Dewey-in a grown up way!


4 Kim December 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

I loved the first book and would like the chance to read the second. Animals that change lives are awesome.


5 Jen E December 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

This book sounds right up my alley, would love to win it!


6 Kelly Massman December 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

I would love to win! I’m a librarian–so this would be so much fun for me! Thanks!


7 Susan December 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

I would LOVE this – I love animal books, and my 6th grade daughter does, too. Looks like a wonderful story! Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
sjbraun at hotmail dot com


8 Alison S. December 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’ve had these books on my to read list for a while, but have yet to get around to actually reading them. :-)


9 Carly Kendall December 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm

you are right! Books do make wonderful gifts, especially books about animals. I would love to win a copy of Dewey’s Nine Lives. Thank you.


10 Carol Wong December 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I am really a dog lover more than a cat lover but I when I bought Dewey. The cover was so appealing that I couldn’t stop myself. I have only know one cat as smart as Dewey and that one was a tuxedo cat my son named Happy Day. Even though she was small, she was a big game hunter! She tracked rabbits and of course mice. She often tried bring the mice inside.
But one day, my parakeet, 50/50 died and I was so sad and weepy. She kept watching me and later she went outside and I heard a scratching at the door. For the first time, she had found a small baby bird! I got a dish towell and carefully picked up the bird, ran down the basement steps and opened the door. I laid the bird down on the patio and it took off, a little wobbily but sucessfully. I really think that Happy Day was trying to replace my parakeet. I would realy love to win the sequel to Dewey.



11 Tammy Gordon December 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I love to win this. :)


12 Daniel M December 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

bet my niece would like this one


13 Ruthie B December 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Aw I am a sucker for that beautiful cover! And I would LOVE to read this. Please enter me, thanks.



14 Gerry Dee December 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm

I’d buy this book just 4 the adorable cover but I’d rather win it!


15 Sandra K321 December 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I would really love to read this. Our library had a cat named Fred for many years.


16 Susan P. December 21, 2010 at 1:43 am

I gave this book to my sister who has 2 cats, 4 dogs and 20 cows. Yes, animal lover!


17 Some Lucky Dog December 21, 2010 at 4:45 am

I’d love to read about Dewey! (What a perfect name for a library cat)
someluckydog at gmail dot com


18 Darcie K December 21, 2010 at 6:59 am

That looks just like my cat! I would love to read this!


19 Colleen December 21, 2010 at 11:26 am

I loved the original “Dewey” and would love to own/read this new book about him.


20 Theresa N December 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Sounds like a wonderful book please sign me up.


21 Christina December 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm

My boys would love this – they have a strange desire to get one (or more) cats and I don’t think their dogs share this interest!


22 Kate {The Parchment Girl} December 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm

This sounds like one I’d enjoy reading. Thanks for giving away a copy!


23 nan December 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm

i’d love this for my mom
nannypanpan at


24 Ellen C. December 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for the chance.


25 Natalia December 22, 2010 at 1:16 am

I love cats! Would like to win this book.


26 Janet F December 22, 2010 at 4:03 am

I would love to read this book.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com


27 katklaw777 December 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Luv kitties and books…luv to win this one, thanks!


28 Beth C December 23, 2010 at 7:50 am

I am such a lover of cat stories and I’ve heard this is super! Would love to be entered.


29 Nancy December 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Would love to read this cat story.


30 Tennille December 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Thank you for the chance and thank the publisher for allowing Canadian entries. Seems like a while since I’ve been able to enter a 5 min for books contest-I enjoy your site so much and have searched out more than a few of the books you’ve featured! Keep up the great work.


31 Megret December 23, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I’ve wanted to read this for a while!
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com


32 Jody December 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

The book sounds wonderful. We are huge animal lovers and recently my DH rescued a kitten that is turning out to have quite the personality.


33 Ruth Hill December 26, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Please enter me. Thanks!


34 Kimberly December 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I’m a softie for animal stories and own both cats and dogs, so I’d love to win this.


35 Suzanne DS December 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

I want to win this please! :)


36 Teresa Young December 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

This sounds like a great book – I’m going to put it on my Books to Read list.


37 Donna Clookey December 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I am a great cat lover! I really want to read this book and win it! Thanks for sharing this wonderful giveaway!


38 Ellen Lapaglia December 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm

this book looks like something I would like, Dewey looks just like my kitty Ella!


39 misskallie2000 December 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm

As the servant of 4 cats I would love to win Dewey. I love animal books and have heard many great things about Dewey. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.


40 apple blossom December 31, 2010 at 9:18 am

love to win thanks


41 Staci A December 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

It sounds like a fabulous book. With a family full of cat lovers, we would love to read it.


42 Andrea O. December 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I read the first book and loved it. I am a cat lover for sure, and would love to have the chance to own this one too.


43 karenk December 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm

thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book :)


44 andalene December 31, 2010 at 11:34 pm

This would be a great read or a great gift for someone – thanks forthe giveaway.


45 corey December 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Thanks – I would love to give this to my daughter.


46 Maureen Timerman January 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

I am also a dog person, but I do have a cat….Sarah Jane..she gets along with my 3 dogs!
Please include me!


47 Carmee Ross January 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Would love to win this!


48 Melissa M. January 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I’m definitely a cat person. Please include me, thanks!


49 Kelly D January 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

This looks so cute!


50 Susan Taylor January 2, 2011 at 2:20 am

I would love to read about Dewey. I adore cats.

susanbillietaylor [at] gmail [dot] com


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