Dewey’s Nine Lives, Review and Giveaway

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.


  1. says

    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

  2. Carol Wong says

    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.


  3. Ruthie B says

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


  4. Christina says

    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!

  5. Beth C says

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

  6. Tennille says

    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.

  7. Jody says

    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.

  8. Donna Clookey says

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

  9. misskallie2000 says

    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.

  10. Andrea O. says

    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.

  11. Maureen Timerman says

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

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