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Kiwi in Cat City (Kiwi series Book 1)

Kiwi in Cat City (Kiwi series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Vickie Johnstone
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Have you ever wished your cat could talk or wondered where he/she goes when you are not around?

Kiwi in Cat City is the first book in a series, of which there are six fun adventures so far. Book 4 was a finalist in the Children's Books category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2013.

Kiwi seems like a typical moggie, content to nap in the sun and chase shadows, but she has a secret. She is a magical cat from a place called Cat City. With her two humans, James and Amy, Kiwi finds mysteries and adventures, dealing with catnappings, jewel thieves, giant mice, time travel, haunted houses, Father Christmas, pyramids and more. The fun stories contain positive messages about loyalty, friendship, honesty, bullying and the power of standing together.

Book 1 opens on one dark night. Amy cannot sleep and she looks out of the window into the garden to see her cat, Kiwi, transfixed by the moon, which is glowing brightly like a cat's claw. Waking her brother, James, Amy suggests they follow Kiwi to see where she goes... whether it involves a hunt for mice or something else. Little do they know that with a flick of her tail, Kiwi is going to magically change the children into kittens and lead them on the adventure of their lives to a land they never knew existed in their wildest dreams. In the blue-lit world of Cat City, the budding detectives help Inspector Furrball to investigate the mysterious catnapping of Mr Katz and find out what happened to Madame Purrfect.

The books contain illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

Furry fun for ages 9-99.

About the Author

Vickie Johnstone lives in London, editing magazines and writing poetry about life and delightful prose about cats. Some day she plans to live by the sea with fluffy cats and a lifetime supply of Milky Bar chocolate.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 548 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vickie Johnstone (29 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hi, I live in London, UK, and I have self-published 14 books. I work as a magazine layout sub-editor. I love reading, writing, films, the sea, art, animals (especially cats), nature, rock music, Milky Bar and travelling.

Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle was a finalist in the Children's Books section of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2013.

As I edit indie books for a living, so you might see other books alongside mine in the UK bookshop when you do a search. The only ones I've written bear the author's name of Vickie Johnstone. I edited the others.

In 2011, I self-published the following books:
Kaleidoscope (March) - a gathering of 119 poems, divided by chapter themes;
Travelling Light - a small, free book of poetry;
Kiwi in Cat City - the first in a series about a magical cat and her human pals (April);
Kiwi and the Missing Magic (June);
Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (October).

The Kiwi books contain illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

Books published in 2012:
Day of the Living Pizza - a free comedy horror for ages 10 up (May);
Life's Rhythms - a collection of 316 haiku (June);
3 Heads and a Tail - a romantic comedy with walkies, written for NaNoWriMo (June);
Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (August);
Day of the Pesky Shadow (book 2 in the Smarts & Dewdrop Mysteries series)(November);
Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November); and
Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December).

Books published in 2013:
The Sea Inside (Cerulean Songs, book 1); and
I Dream of Zombies (book 1).


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Twitter: @vickiejohnstone


The Kiwi Series is written for readers aged 9 up. They follow the adventures of a magical cat called Kiwi and her two human friends, Amy and James. With a flick of her tail, Kiwi magically changes the two children into kittens and takes them to her other home, Cat City, and to other new worlds.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Vickie Johnstone, whom most of us know as a poet of promise, has branched out into the world of children's literature and if her inaugural book is any indication of what lies ahead, she proves that she has what it takes to create stories that not only capture the minds of youngsters but also the glued attention of the adult readers as well. She understands well that adventure and mystery and fantasy are the ingredients that hold a youngster's attention, but at the same time she appreciates the fact that without the use of humor and a solid bit of 'connect' to real life that some children might have bad dreams if this were a bedtime story.

Amy and James are two young children who live comfortably in a home with parents: security is assured. They happen to 'own' a chubby cat they named Kiwi and one night, with parents asleep, curiosity gets the better of them as they observe Kiwi outside staring at the moon. Wondering what Kiwi does for snacks and breakfast they follow their nocturnal cat only to discover that Kiwi talks, can transform herself in a purple mist to become invisible, and furthermore Kiwi instructs Amy and James to imagine they are cats and poof! the transformation occurs! Now the newly named Ames and Jimster enter Cat World where all manner of living conditions mimic human cities, with Meow Cafés, Meow Markets, and even a police station where the three adventurers meet Inspector Furrball who shares with them a Cat Crime in progress: Catnappings have been occurring every Monday and Furrball assigns Cat Squaddie member Paws to assist the trio in resolving the mystery of the missing five catizens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story! 4 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a lovely story about 2 children who decide to follow their cat one night and 'see what she has for breakfast'. They end up following her to 'Cat City' and the book is then about their adventures there. To say any more would be to give away spoilers and that's not what this review is about!

This author has a fantastic imagination and although this was essentially a children's book, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. The story was told in an easy to read way and was a lovely subject. Who hasn't wondered where their cat goes all night? I would love to read more from this author as she is quite simply amazing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mysterious Adventures of Kiwi 3 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Kiwi in Cat City is a delightful tale filled with mystery and suspense. Vickie Johnstone has a wonderful imagination and has created a magical world where cats run their own world outside of human intervention. The story begins on one dark night when Amy and James decide to follow their cat named Kiwi. Surprisingly Kiwi speaks to both children about following her and magically turns them both into cats. This makes the story much more exciting as now Amy and James can follow Kiwi into Cat City. They then endeavor to solve the mystery of the disappearing cats. As the story unfolds there are many surprising details and lots of adventure and action. This story will be enjoyed by anyone of any age that loves cats. I found to be an exciting read and can recommend it to you.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story 13 Oct 2013
By Marie S
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I really enjoyed this adorable children's tale about two young children called Amy and James and their cat named Kiwi. The fun begins when the two children decide to follow Kiwi one night and then find themselves entering 'Cat World'. Suddenly they are turned into kittens and now join Kiwi on some great adventures. I found it highly entertaining, amusing and really admired the rich imagination of this author.

A fun and adventurous read for children and adults alike, especially cat lovers.

Marie Symeou, author of A Forever Home For Athena
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone 9 Nov 2012
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This book is full of fun, mischievous, shenanigans. I loved entering into this magical fictional world of cats and finding out what they might just get up to when us mere humans' backs are turned. Vickie's story is so believable as the detail to surroundings, habits of a cat and the quirky names, such as: Inspector Furrball, Paws, Miss Kitty, Mr Katz, Mr J. Catskins, Detective Siam, Mr Claws and Madame Purrfect are brilliantly thought out which adds just the right amount of chuckle factor to keep us greatly entertained.
Other great names within the book such as Catizens (Cat Citizens), The Morning Meow (Their daily newspaper) and The Cat Squaddies just makes the story so authentic, that for a moment you actually quite imagine there really could be a place called Cat City in a parallel world.
Kiwi is Amy and James black and white fluffy pet. One night they decide to follow her to see just what she gets up to on her nightly outings. They were extremely surprised, not only to find out that Kiwi can actually talk to them, but she could change them both into kittens and whisked them away off to Cat City for an adventure.
Amy and James (now known as Ames and Jimster) help Kiwi and the Cat police unravel the mystery behind the missing Catizens that have been disappearing for a little while now.
A clever and exciting plot line, that makes you wanting to go out and get the next book in the series immediately after you have finished this book.
Well done Vickie, wonderful story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful tale
Wondering what their cat gets up to at night, Amy and James decide to follow Kiwi on her nighttime adventures, but little do they know what's about to happen. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sibel Hodge
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
This book is a very exciting one and I would recommend it to anyone who is 7-10. The only thing that I found annoying was that the spelling and grammar wasn't sometimes good, but... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Emily Atherton
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This is a wonderful children's book that will also appeal to adults.
I bought this book as a book I could read to my nieces, and decided to read it first. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Maria Savva
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Opener
The first in Vickie Johnstone's Kiwi series, Kiwi in Cat City tells the story of Amy and James who observe their cat Kiwi in the garden one night at the start of a nocturnal wander... Read more
Published 19 months ago by D Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight for Cat Lovers
Kiwi in Cat City is about a little girl called Amy, her brother James and their cat Kiwi. After waking one night and seeing Kiwi leap out of the window, Amy rouses James to go with... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amelia Curzon Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginnette.s Review
An excellent read, for all cat lovers!! A lovely use of imagination, plus technology from a Cat eye point. Read the book. I do not want to give too much away.
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars For kids? For cat lovers too!
Vickie contacted me about her book (a shamefully long time ago, I must admit), knowing I had a love of cats and I agreed to review it. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly recommended
I really enjoyed reading this book, it's about two children and their pet cat going on an adventure (don't want to spoil it for you). Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Isabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful !
I have to admit i started this book with a little indifference. My preferred genre is horror ,thriller and murder mystery and it is many, many years since i have read a children's... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2011 by Sue P
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming children's book
I don't normally read children's books (!), but as I was given an opportunity to review this, I decided a little light entertainment wouldn't come amiss. Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by Beeshon
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