I asked for and got it for Christmas too. I just finished up a different book, so am hoping to start this one any day now. A friend of mine read it and said that it was a wonderful book. I can't wait to get started!
Spencer, Iowa isn't too far from where I live. Our local news station did a story and interviewed the librarian who took Dewey in. Apparently she has been contacted regarding making a movie out of Dewey's story.
I bought the book after they featured it on Sunday Morning one of my fav TV shows. I grew up in the midwest and had friends who were farmers. so it struck a cord. It esp strikes a cord now with the hard times facing everyone in this country. Its a wonderful story. Youll love it.