I’ve fallen behind on actually doing the Booking Through Thursday prompts. 😳
So, here’s this week’s question: What’s your favorite book with weather events? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Blizzards? Real? Fiction? Doesn’t matter … weather comes up a lot in books, so there’s got to be a favorite somewhere, huh?
The only book I can think of (in my library at least) that has any sort of important focus on the weather is Vicky Myron’s Dewey. It’s a biography of sorts as it tells the story of Dewey, an orange tabby who lived in the small Iowa town of Spencer’s local library.
His story begins when the head librarian, Myron, finds him freezing to death in the library drop-box early one morning. She talks about the cutting winds and the abnormally bitter cold that winter. Myron writes,
“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… [The kitten] 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 was promptly rescued, bathed, and after a little wrangling, adopted by the library staff as the town’s Library Cat. They named him Dewey Readmore Books. It took a little time, but eventually, the whole town adopted him as well and he earned world-wide fame.
This is an adorable story – and how can it not be? It follows Dewey through his kitten-hood to his eventual death. In between stories of his antics, we learn a little bit about Myron herself – her trials, tribulations, and successes. The book has a good mix of emotions – extremely funny moments that make any cat owner chuckle in sympathy, poignant moments as we learn about the people of the town, and moments that make the reader growl in indignation at the bureaucracy and politics surrounding the library.
The only thing that annoys me about this book is that Myron constantly ascribes human motives to Dewey’s actions. Now, most cat owners do this, but she goes a little overboard – giving Dewey credit for seeking out shy people specifically to draw them into conversation, or going over to a sad patron deliberately to comfort them. Normally, I wouldn’t even notice this, but the way Myron writes several moments made me roll my eyes and go “Yeah… right.” That’s just me though.
Anyways, good book! I quite liked it (except for that one little style issue) and will probably buy my own copy at some point.