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Dewey's Christmas at the library
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown, 2010.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Reading Level:
AD 570 L Lexile
After finding a red ball of yarn, Dewey the cat, who lives in the Spencer, Iowa, public library, finds a way to help decorate the Christmas tree.


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Book EASY MYR 0 2
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The holiday season is in full swing in Spencer - the lights are twinkling, the wreaths are hung, and Christmas bells are ringing. Inside the library, Dewey longs to be part of the holiday fun and after a series of silly misadventures, Dewey finds a way to add his own special touch to his beloved Christmas tree.

Author Notes

Vicki Myron was born in Spencer, Iowa and grew up on a family farm in northwest Iowa. She received a bachelor's degree from Mankato State University and a master's degree from Emporia State University. In 1982, she started working at the Spencer public library as an assistant librarian. In 1987, she was named director of Spencer public library and held that position for over 25 years. She retired in 2007 in order to write Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. She has served on the Executive Board of the Iowa Library Association, on numerous statewide advisory panels, and is a library management instructor in the Iowa library system.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-It's Dewey's first Christmas. The library cat has no idea what he's in for, but he sure loves all those decorations and fake tree branches. Inspired by a true story, Dewey's antics are portrayed with authentic liveliness in James's digitally painted artwork, which looks like watercolor and ink. This well-paced, engaging story is a standout among picture books featuring library settings, and it is sure to enhance holiday-themed programs.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Curiosity certainly doesn't kill Dewey the cat-it helps his library win first prize in a tree-decorating contest. So goes this schmaltzy holiday anecdote starring the feline mascot of an Iowa library, first made famous in retired librarian Myron's bestselling Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. Dewey's antics exploring paper bags, tree decorations, and bright red yarn entertain staff and patrons alike, as seen in James's quaint, slightly retro illustrations (is that a card catalogue in the children's room?!). Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

A ball of red yarn twisted around the library Christmas tree by resident cat Dewey brings first prize for tree decorating to the library. The text and digital illustrations of the humans are stiff and uninspired, while the depictions of the orange title character are lively and warm. (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.