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Kiwi and the Missing Magic Paperback – November 8, 2012
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About the Author
Hi, I live in London and have a thing about fluffy cats. I work as a freelance layout sub-editor on business magazines and editor/proofreader on books. I love reading, writing, films, the sea, art, animals, nature, rock music, Milky Bar and travelling. 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). Books published in 2012, so far: 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). Coming soon: Kiwi in the Realm of Ra Day of the Pesky Shadow (book 2 in the Smarts & Dewdrop Mysteries series) The Kiwi books contain illustrations by Nikki McBroom. Links: Amazon US author page: http://www.amazon.com/Vickie-Johnstone/e/B004SZ9TGE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1 Amazon UK book page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Vickie%20Johnstone&search-alias=digital-text Blog: http://vickiejohnstone.blogspot.com Twitter: @vickiejohnstone Website: Kiwiincatcity.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorVickieJohnstone http://www.facebook.com/KiwiinCatCity http://www.facebook.com/KaleidoscopePoetry http://www.facebook.com/VickieJohnstoneEditing
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Once again the cat named Kiwi belong to Amy and James takes the children on further trips to Cat World, and again the humans take on the form of kittens renamed Ames and Jimster. The initial trip in this book comes after Amy and James discover that the flowers in their garden are drooping and that there do not appear to be pollinating bees. The three - Kiwi, Amy and James - set out to discover the mystery and find that the bees are all huddled at the river because the Queen Bee refuses them to pollinate flowers that are going to die anyway. And so, adventure completed, the three are off again: the trip to Cat City happens whenever Kiwi coaxes the children into the purple cloud that transforms them into a place completely populate by cats (read catizens). This time around we meet Kiwi's mother Moogie and we are entertained by her 'new influence' on kiwi: Moogie has a past and the three learn about parenting. A return to the 'real world' finds James and Amy readjusting to their human forms - a state that provides some comical episodes as they find difficulty leaving their kitten ways behind...
But there are other adventures in this volume, one include the mysterious appearance of a giant mouse who threatens the catizens. In the Cat World there is some missing magic and it is up to the three heroes to find the Mouse King, defeat that threatening menace and return to a degree of normalcy. But of course Book 3 is already in the making.
Vickie Johnstone is a born storyteller and has the talent to keep her series fresh with new adventures while maintaining the usual cast of characters - and adding new ones to bring on the magic. In her second book she introduces some well designed wisdom about traits all children should learn and this is a major plus to the further growth of the series. If there is a criticism to be leveled it is the need for illustrations: reading stories such as this on a Kindle format can tire the eyes. Were there some hope that the books will appear in printed format complete with the illustrations which beg to be present in this series, Johnstone's Kiwi books would become a best sellers! Grady Harp, July 11
By: Vickie Johnstone
Published July 4, 2011
Available Format: ebook
My Rating: '''''
In Kiwi in Cat City, we were introduced to the magical world of Kiwi and her friends in Cat City. For the second installment of the series, Amy and James join Kiwi in the city again, and there is, naturally, another mystery to solve. This time, the city is suddenly threatened by a giant mouse, and it is up to the gang to find out how he got into Cat City and what exactly he is doing there. In addition, some of the Magic is missing, which could be extremely dangerous for all the catizens. Some old friends are revisited while some new, super cute characters are introduced to round out this highly entertaining, furry fun adventure. You won't want to miss it!
I have been dying to jump into book two of the Kiwi series since I finished Kiwi in Cat City a couple months ago. I was absolutely not disappointed, of course. Kiwi is such great fun, and it is interesting to see this new world through the eyes of Amy and James as they transform into cats and must integrate themselves into the feline society. I thought it was such a great idea to bring James' hamster into the group to help them solve this new mystery.
I admit, I was a bit thrown off in the beginning when we meet the bees, but later in the story I saw how that tied into what was going on in Cat City, so all was well again. Other than that little bit of temporary confusion, there was absolutely nothing wrong with this adorable story! I love the personalities of each and every one of the characters, and there is always something neat to learn about what happens in the fantastical city.
It is always great, also, to find a good children's/YA series that adults can fully enjoy as well. It is a great story to share with your children or just keep for yourself if you are so inclined!
I can't wait to see what is next for Ms. Kiwi and the kittens. Maybe it won't take me two months to dive into Kiwi and the Living Nightmare!
~The Rebecca Review