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Vickie Johnstone lives in London, where she works as a freelance sub-editor on business magazines and an editor/proofreader on books. She has a thing about fluffy cats and also loves reading, writing, films, the sea, art, nature, white chocolate and travelling. Vickie has published 15 books.
Books published in 2011:
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 have illustrations by Nikki McBroom.
Books published in 2012:
Day of the Living Pizza – a comedy horror for ages 10 up; all profits to charity (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 (October);
Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November); and
Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December).
Books published in 2013:
The Sea Inside – a fantasy adventure (May); and
I Dream of Zombies – a horror set in London in 2013 (October).
Books published in 2014:
Haven (I Dream of Zombies, 2).
Happy reading and writing :)
on April 03, 2014 :
As a long time fan of the Kiwi series, I found this latest installment to be perhaps the best so far. With each book, the adventures become more complex and imaginative as new characters are introduced and old ones become integrated into the Kiwi world.
Although I read book two of the series first, the continuity of the series lends itself to reading them in order to get the most enjoyment and after reading Kiwi in Cat City, I have been faithful to that formula. I can tell that the author has been responsive to her readers when in this volume she explains that the cats are consuming lactose free milk products. The fact that all cats are lactose intolerant escaped even T.S. Elliot so the passing mention of this in the book should be acknowledged and appreciated by all who pick up on it.
The new characters in this book are delightful additions to the lore of Cat City and the story is fast paced and entertaining as always. If you like the Kiwi series, this is a must have and if you haven't gotten hooked on the series as of yet I highly recommend reading it in order. That said, this book reads well on its own and should provoke investigation into the previous works. It is, after all, a book about history.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 01, 2012 :
Vickie Johnstone has a wonderful imagination when it comes to writing adventures for Kiwi and her friends. In this book, she takes us to Ancient Egypt.
I could tell that a lot of research was done for this book. The descriptions of the pyramids, people, villages, etc are very well written with just enough information to set the scene but not too much to bog down the story.
The characters in the story are so engaging that the reader can picture the action as he/she reads the story. If you haven't read the previous Kiwi books, you should. I recommend reading the series beginning with "Kiwi in Cat City" so you get to know all the characters as they are introduced and the adventures they have together.
I highly recommend this book for kids of all ages, 9 to 99.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)