Monday, December 29, 2008

dewey and marble

I just finished a book which had been on my Christmas list -- Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.

Dewey had a rough start in life. He was abandoned on a bitter cold January night in 1988 in the book return box of the public library in Spencer, Iowa. The kitten was quite frail with little frost-bitten paws when he was found, but he was cared for (and then adopted by) the librarians. Dewey Readmore Books (so named in a write-in contest in town) lived at the library for 19 years, where he was basically a goodwill ambassador and impacted the lives of many people.

The book is very engaging. However, about 2/3 of the way through I started to worry that the author (librarian Vicki Myron) had run out of material because she began describing the cat's constipation in much greater detail than I needed. However, she got her literary second wind and the book finished strongly.

I was happy to learn that the book will be made into a movie, and Vicki Myron will be played by (drum roll please.......) Meryl Streep. Should be good!

In any event, this book inspired me, and I am now thinking of writing a book about Marble. (I may lengthen his name to Marble Spraysmore Chairs.) And I can picture the cover now...



(Marble knows I'm only jokin'.)

13 comments:

mompriest said...

hee hee.....

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh, I'm twitching with sympathetic pain just thinking of frost-bitten paws. I'm glad the cat had a good life.

dust bunny said...

A book about Marble would HAVE to include a chapter on Dive Bombing Birds.

Presbyterian Gal said...

I like Marble's book better. I bet there'd be a better chance for me to have the starring role!!! (Take THAT Meryl!!)

Barbara B. said...

PG, YES! You get the lead (well, I guess Marble has the actual lead...but you get the human lead).

Rev SS said...

I'm one of those 6 (or 7) people. I. LOVE. MARBLE!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

too funny! i now mocha java is seriously miffed at this "Marley & Me" hooopla... i'm seriously miffed they asked Jennifer Aniston to play my role...hee hee

Diane said...

can't see the book cover right now, but I'm telling you -- I want to read both books!

:)

Happy new year.

Diane said...

I see it now!

Processing Counselor said...

So, who does your paintings for your header?

Processing Counselor said...

Very nice.

Laura said...

Love the Title!

Barbara B. said...

PC, My blog headers are done by Julie at www.loneprairie.net.