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

Vickie Johnstone
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


Gema Newby - I love this story. I enjoyed being with Amy and James as they discover their cat can talk and when they turned into cats themselves I was 10 again! As a Primary school teacher, I would read it to my class. 5 stars.

Wistfulskimmie - This author has a fantastic imagination and although this was a children's book, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. Easy to read. I would love to read more from this author as she is quite simply amazing! 5 stars --Amazon

Grady Harp - All of the ingredients for involving youngsters in the love of reading are here. A great start in what appears to be a promised series of adventures for those who love books - human beings of all ages! 5 stars --Amazon

Rebecca Johnson - 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. 5 stars. --Amazon

From the Author

Look out for other adventures in the series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vickie Johnstone (April 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable facade of adventure April 8, 2013
Let the mommy part begin first- all 4 boys read this, in part or whole, to one another.
Bobby and James read it alone, Brenton read it with Keagan looking over, and
James then read it to Keagan. My boys are simply that-boys...they love trucks and
muds and exploring wild adventures and crazy things, so I wasn't so sure that a
"cat" book would be something they enjoyed-but I let them dive into it themselves.
We are a cat-loving family, and I thought-they can decide themselves if they like
the book or not because what would their review page be if it were anything but
honest! So-here are their true feelings, one by on, on
Kiwi in Cat City,
by Vickie Johnstone

I enjoyed this book. It was fun learning what Amy and James wondered with the cat. We have a cat named Poohbear and she disappears in the house. If she were an outside cat she would have many fun adventures. Kiwi is black and likes to live in a world like we do, but in Cat City. When the two got the shock from the cat I really was excited to see what came next. This book had lots of adventure, mystery, and unexpected things that made it very fun to read. I also read it to my little brother, and it was fun being a character in the book.
I give it 5 stars.

This book was funny. Who knew a cat could have their own city to go to when we are not with them. They had some pretty cool things in the city we would like to have here to play with the cat. I liked reading the adventure.
It gets 5 stars-I laughed a lot.

Fun book! Big chapters but I just read it on moms Kindle.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure for children December 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Who would have thought that I could read and enjoy a book written mainly for children! This is one book that will hold the attention of the most fidgety child and captivate and entertain them.

The `Kiwi' series by author Vickie Johnstone revolves around Amy and James, two young children who own a cat named Kiwi. One night, as they see their cat outside staring at the moon, they go down and start following her, until she disappears in a cloud of purple smoke! As she returns and starts talking (Of course, a talking cat, this is a children's book after all), she instructs the kids to do to mimic her and suddenly they find themselves turned into kittens and this is where their adventure begins.

Kiwi takes the new kittens to `Cat City' which is quite similar to our world with cafes and shops, roads and cars and even a police station. This is the `double life of Kiwi, where she works as a detective. The trio is handed a case by Inspector Furrball as soon as they enter this new world, one involving `catnappings'. They are joined by the inspector's nephew, Paws on this case. As they start investigating, a mystery evolves and the rest of the story is about how this unusual group solves this mystery.

This is a really clean mystery, you will not find people (oh sorry, cats) getting hurt. Even the guns are freeze guns to avoid any bloodshed. However, the suspense is amazingly created and maintained throughout the book. I was quite surprised to find myself not willing to put the book down. The mystery of the story has been really well designed and has enough twists to keep everyone guessing.

The author has modified a number of words enough to give them a `catty' twist. This was something I found quite amusing and I liked the imagination it involved.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming children's book May 25, 2011
By Beeshon
Format:Kindle Edition
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. And entertain it did.
This is a delightful story and the author's imagined Cat City was great fun. The cats' names were cute and cosy and life, as humans know it, was cleverly cat-adapted - milk from the drinks machine, catpads (best equivalent of electronic communication!) and fish-flavoured biscuits.
You don't have to like cats to enjoy this story - the plot centres around getting to the bottom of catnapping (by cats, of course) - the mix of characters and how they are portrayed often make you forget that they are feline, from the members of the crime investigating cat force, to the wily perpetrators.
Whilst the story ends well (I'm not giving anything away here, it's a children's book, it has to end well!) you are left just a tad high and dry, but, thankfully, you are reliably informed that the story is `to be continued'........thank goodness, or I shall worry about Amy and James....
My grandson is only 4 months old, but I can't wait till he is older, when I shall look forward to reading this to him very much.
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5 of 5 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiwi in Cat City!
Kiwi in Cat City (Kiwi series Book 1) by Vickie Johnstone is a very sweet story. amusing for kids of all ages. Myself included. I loved everything about it. Read more
Published 25 days ago by brenda
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok. NOT A POETRY BOOK!
I thought that this book was going to be poetry. It was not. So upset!! I was looking for a nice poetry book and these people are tricking you giving you a sample (WHICH WAS... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SanDiegoMom27
5.0 out of 5 stars My cup of tea
This is a great read for young readers and would also go down well as a serialised bed time story for youngsters not yet able to read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by AN Ailurophile
5.0 out of 5 stars great cat mystery
The kid owners become cats in this great mystery for kids. My 7 year old loves this series! She of course thinks she is a cat.
Published 9 months ago by moonlight mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "free press" cat story!
This is a wonderful book for children 7 to 11. Actually, I enjoyed it too. Its funny and original. Well written. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paul F. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars "Catistic" Story
What a delightful middle grade book for cat lovers! Since we have fourteen cats, I am always looking for books about cats, and this one is definitely a keeper. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I am a 44 year old woman,and this book made me laugh and stay with it till the end!!!!I highly recommend it for everyone who reads.Cat books are the best.
Published 13 months ago by Deanna K. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK!!!!
Published 14 months ago by Kayla stutts
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
I really enjoyed this adorable children's tale about two young children called Amy and James and their cat named Kiwi. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marie S
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 16 months ago by Sibel Hodge
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More About the Author

Hi, I live in London where I work as a layout sub-editor on magazines. I love reading, writing, films, the sea, art, animals, nature, rock music, Milky Bar and travelling. I have written 15 books.

Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (book 4 in the Kiwi Series) was a Finalist in the Children's Books category of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2013. It also gained an Honourable Mention in the Children's Books category at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival. I Dream of Zombies was a Finalist in the Horror category of the National Indie Excellence Awards 2014.

I used to edit indie books, so you might see other titles alongside mine when you do a search. The only ones I've written bear my name as author.

Titles published in 2011:
Kaleidoscope (March) - 119 poems, divided by chapter themes;
Travelling Light - a free book of 38 poems;
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).

Titles published in 2012:
Day of the Living Pizza - a 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 (October);
Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November), and
Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December).

Titles published in 2013:
The Sea Inside - Cerulean Songs, book 1; and
I Dream of Zombies - series, book 1.

Titles published in 2014:
Haven - I Dream of Zombies, book 2.

The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom.


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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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