Dewey’s Christmas at the Library

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Dewey’s Christmas at the Library

Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
Illustrated by Steve James
Little, Brown and Company, 2010

From the dust jacket, “It’s Dewey’s very first Christmas at the library, and he is mesmerized by the glitter, the twinkling lights, and—best of all—the beautiful Christmas tree! But when Dewey decides to help decorate, he’s in for some prizes. First he gets his head stuck inside a paper-bag “monster,” and the children must come to his rescue. Then he finds himself tangled up in a ball od red yarn. In the end, the playful kitten finds a way to add his own special touch to his beloved Christmas tree, and the results are Dew-rific!”

Have you read, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World? You have? Well, then, you’ll know all about how Dewey was rescued from a library book drop in the coldest part of winter and how, for 19 years afterward, the was the town’s library cat. Dewey moved onto the Rainbow Bridge a number of years ago but his human pet keeps his memory alive by writing children’s books about him.

In this book, Dewey helps to decorate a Christmas tree but gets into trouble – that’s a kitten for you! He has to do battle with a paper-bag monster (the way to avoid that is to cut the handles in two so you’re never trapped by the monster’s arms) and then decorates the tree with yarn! (Just don’t even let your kittens anywhere near yarn! Not only can they accidentally strangle themselves but they can also ingest it and strangle their insides!) But the way Dewey gets into trouble is funny. The illustrations are pretty and the story is told from Dewey’s POV – sort of. We liked the story very much!!

Rating 5 out of 5 paws – I was going to give it a rating of 4 paws (I have high standards!) but Toby insisted it should be a 5 paw rating and I’m guessing you can figure out why!



No Cats Allowed

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A Cat in the Stacks Mystery

Miranda James
Berkley Prime Crime, 2016

I have been on the waiting list since February for this book – maybe even earlier – and was not disappointed in having to wait so long! Another cozy mystery starring the beautiful Maine Coon, Diesel and his human, Charlie Harris. Charlie works as an archivist in the library of Athena College in Athena, Mississippi cataloging rare books and collections. He loves his job and takes Diesel with him every day – in fact Diesel goes with him practically everywhere in town! The library has a new interim director, Oscar Reilly, whom everyone loves to hate. He is an obnoxious, know-it-all bully and has no problem stirring up trouble wherever he goes. Is it any wonder he gets murdered? After a couple of chapters of his noxious nonsense even I was ready for him to be killed off! As in the previous Diesel mysteries, murders  just seem to follow Charlie around and he is on hand to help the local cops figure it all out.

This is another fun book to read. I had my suspensions early on who the killer might be; I think the author made it a little too obvious in this one. But that didn’t stop my enjoyment of reading the book. Even though I figured out who did it, I didn’t know why so that was a mystery until the end!! I enjoyed getting caught up with the familiar characters from the other books and reading how their literary lives are moving on. I’m hoping Charlie and Helen Louise finally get married in the next book and it’s a shame I’ll have to wait a year or so to find out!! I love this series and haven’t come across a bad one in the bunch!!

Rating:  4 paws

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I read this as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge;

Topic: Read a Mystery or Thriller!

Click on the Library Logo to go to our Summer Reading Challenge Page!

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The True Tails of Baker and Taylor

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The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town…and the World

Jan Louch with Lisa Rogak
Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 2016

We love books about cats and this is book is no exception. Baker and Taylor are two Scottish Fold cats who were welcomed into the loving arms of the County Public Library in Minden, Nevada. The author, Jan Louch, was their primary caregiver but they were well loved by the many people they met and by many more thousands they never met.

Their story starts with a new library building that was built next to a “highway for field mice” and the librarian and Jan thought of bringing in a cat to help keep the mice away from the precious books. They chose a Scottish Fold whose name was McLean’s Clint Eastwood but eventually changed it to Baker, after the company who supplied the books for the library (Baker & Taylor). They had their hearts set on a second cat and with a little bit of serendipity, another cat, Taylor, joined them. From there the cats, the library and Ms Louch began a 15-year journey that would be life-changing for many hearts.

I truly loved this book; it is very well written, transitioning between life before, during and after the cats. There is a lot of funny–laugh-out-loud antics of Baker and Taylor as they claim their kingdom. There is heartwarming—Mr. Figini’s story meant a lot to me. And, without a doubt, as with any true story of cats and, because all good things must end, there is sadness. I admit to shedding a few tears over the passing the beloved Library Cats. But please, don’t let that dissuade you from reading this book. True Tails is a combination of all the things I love in a book – a great story, deeply felt emotions, characters I fall in love with and above all, heart-lifting.

Rating: 5 paws

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Disclaimer: we received this book freeto read and review. However, that did not influence our opinion of the book.

This review is posted on  Sunny Book Garden book review blog as well!!  It is written under the non de plume “Debby.”  Please click on the link above to read our Auntie’s book reviews!!

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A Tribute to another Library Cat

The Board has only just heard of this wonderful Library Cat – we wished we had known him when he was alive.  We only just discovered him through another blogger – and found that he had a large fan base in the Thorntown Library (Indiana).

The Adventures of Tober, the Thorntown Library Cat Please check out HIS BLOG and send good thoughts to those who are mourning him.

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“I am the Boss Library Cat at TPL. I like my job! I was an Outside Cat until I was rescued by my Assistant Boss on October 19, 2008,” Tober.

 Tober, we hope you are reading to the other cats at the Bridge!

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