Friday, 11 September 2015

Weekends are for Reading: Book Review of Inspector Dewey + A GIVEAWAY!

I could write a description of the book I'm reviewing this week, but I think it's better if you hear it right from the cat's mouth :)

My name is Dewey--Inspector Dewey.

I live in the big green house on Hampshire Avenue with my family: Thumper, Lily, and Anna. I am the Big Cat—responsible for keeping everyone safe and in order. I do this quite well, in spite of the fact that managing my family is like, well, herding cats!

Mostly our life is peaceful. But one night it wasn’t. That was the night the bad guy showed up on our block. Of course, I knew exactly how to outsmart the outlaw, but—miserable mullet!—would Anna and the police understand my instructions?

To find out how the adventure ended, you’ll have to read my book. But I’ll give you a hint: there’s a reason I’m called Inspector Dewey.

Inspector Dewey is a very adorable children's story. I really enjoyed the playful writing style, and I think the author did a wonderful job of creating "voices" for the cats in the story. While cat-lovers will undoubtedly love Inspector Dewey, I'd also say you don't need to be a cat-lover to love this book. This sweet story would be a wonderful addition to any child's library.

I also found it very interesting that this is somewhat based on a true story. The author, Kristen Heimerl, got the idea for Inspector Dewey after an encounter with an unexpected intruder. What a lovely way to turn a potentially terrifying situation into something so positive! Note - The book Inspector Dewey is not at all terrifying :)

The illustrator of Inspector Dewey is Irene Bofill. Her images are very charming and have a bit of a whimsical feeling. I really love that there is a clear colour theme for the book of blue, yellow, and white. Each page flows beautifully to the next.

Some of the vocabulary is probably a little better suited to school-aged children than toddlers, so I'm looking forward to reading this story more often when our little one is a bit bigger; however our three-year-old loved that there was cat named Lily in the story, because we also have a cat named Lily!

Overall, I think this is a really lovely children's book that would make a beautiful gift, especially for an animal-loving home.

And to make buying or gifting this book even sweeter, fifty percent of the profits from the sale of this book will fund veterinary care for pets whose families are in financial need, so that animals can remain in their homes and out of the shelter system. Learn more at

Inspector Dewey is available for purchase on,, and Barnes and Noble

Our Lily keeping watch after reading Inspector Dewey.
You can learn more about Inspector Dewey or find fun, free Inspector Dewey activities at his website. There are colouring pages, an Inspector Dewey Detective Kit, and more. You can also follow Inspector Dewey on his Facebook page.


Disclaimer - I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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