My Favorite Picture Book

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As a small child, one of my most favorite picture books was the one titled Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter. It’s a true story about a kitten who was left in the book drop box of a library in Spencer, Iowa. I enjoyed it because the kitten is saved from hypothermia by the librarian and proceeds to thank her by acting like a kitten and spreading all the rubber bands everywhere. Then, Dewey turns himself into an orange muffin by stuffing himself in a box to sleep. But then, uh oh! He gets hauled around upside down. That part is especially funny because the expression on his face is like “whaaaaaa?”

The pictures look like they were illustrated in graphic design software because there isn’t much blending between different colors, and it doesn’t look like it was hand-drawn because the edges of the shading are too straight. The illustrations of the kitten are made to look a little messy, like he’s always moving. Steve James, the illustrator, is very good at his job.

I think the author wrote this book because she wanted people to read about the lives one kitten touched. I think that if there is a moral, it is to try to help people even if they are being a nuisance. Even though the kids poke, prod, and rub Dewey the wrong way, he still tries to help cheer up everyone, including the sad little girl at the end of the book. Another possible moral is that a member of society, cast off by someone, can be so kind and caring to everyone. This is a perfect example of the expression “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Though I’d prefer not to think of a living creature as anyone’s trash.

I wish someone would anonymously give me a kitten. Though preferably leave the kitten somewhere warm, not my mail slot.

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