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Kiwi in Cat City (Volume 1) Paperback – November 8, 2012
About the 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).
The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom.
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Kiwi tells the children that on this night the moon is very special and thus the story begins. The children turn into kittens and have to learn how to walk, meow, use their tales, and purr all the things real cats as they embark on this wonderful adventure. They go to Cat City and get involved in a mystery. This book is funny with a serious mystery and the only way to solve it is for you to read it.
I love the way the author describes people getting used to the body of the cat and laughed hysterically even more during the whole adventure. When all goes back to normal the children have to readjust how they think and act as humans. The adventure is full of twists and turns and leaves you knowing that there will be a sequel but will Amy and James be joining their beloved Kiwi on those adventures. You will have to read the book and find out for yourself. This is a wonderful sassy book for children and adults alike.
"One, two, three, a flick of the tails, a purr, a leap and away we go."
Amy and James are now Ames and Jimster, two kittens! Enjoy the fun they have trying to walk on four legs and lap milk/cream from a saucer etc. Where are they? Cat City! Inspector Furrball has a mystery for Kiwi to solve. Catizens (get it?) are going missing, one a week for the last five weeks. Kiwi's good friends is one of the missing. Paws, a cat straight out of Cat Squad School, has been assigned to help them on the case but is he more of a hindrance than a help?
What is going on at the Catskins factory? What is being delivered in hidden compartments? Will the cats find the missing catizens? I'm sorry to tell you that you won't find out the answers to the first two questions above. VERY weak ending and a huge disappointment. Although cleverly written it is a little too wordy for my liking. A book of this length for kids should have a satisfactory ending without them having to purchase the next book in the series. Hence only 3 stars.
I purchased this book for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
I loved this book, the whole series in fact, and so did my daughter (her video review is posted on behavioralchild.com) This is what I wrote about it on my blog:
"In the spot where his sister had jumped, only a puff of purple mist was left. Now it's my turn, he thought, and turning round with a one, two, three and a flick of his imaginary tail, a purr and a leap, away he went to who-knows-where. A feeling of sheer weightlessness gave him the impression that he was flying. Wild! But where was he flying to?"
The book opens with Amy, waking up in the middle of night to find her cat Kiwi engrossed in studying an unusual moon. When Kiwi leaps out of the window, her tail perked up, Amy wakes up her brother James and together they decide to follow Kiwi on her nocturnal escapade. To their utter shock, a talking Kiwi invites them to follow along. Their curiosity peaked, they happily oblige, only to realize that to make the trip, they have just volunteered to be turned into cats!
Kiwi in Cat City is the story of Amy and James, -- or rather Ames and Jimster, their cat alter egos -- and their adventures in Cat City, the alternate, parallel world just for felines. Unencumbered by the constraints of people-world time, in hot pursuit of the catizen-catnappers, with Inspector Furrball and Kiwi as their guides, Amy and James live the adventure of a lifetime... or maybe just the first of many.
I loved the poem in the prologue and was hooked at the introduction, with the abduction of Mr. Katz, which took me a couple of chapters to realize was actually ... woops, maybe I shouldn't say This is such a cute, delightful story that, as soon as I started reading it and even though it was pretty late at night, I so wanted to wake up Emily, my nine-year-old daughter and have her read it with me. The elaborate settings, exquisite details, and sophisticated characters are matched only by the wit and ingenuity of the author. If I loved this book so much as a grown (mature?) woman, I'm betting young adults will absolutely fall in love with it. The little miss Em just started reading it and, halfway in, she's just as engrossed as I was. Can't wait till she finishes it and asks to read the next book in the series; it will give me just the right excuse for getting it. Unless you'd want it reviewed, Vickie, in which case, I totally volunteer the both of us!
(Update: I received the subsequent installments from the author and Emily read them all in one sitting... she is eagerly awaiting the release of the 5th book, which, a little birdie told me, takes place in Egypt!)