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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 12, 2014 :
This is book six trust me to start near the end!
Luckily for me this one can be read as a standalone.
Whether you love cats, children's stories, hearty christmas tales or all three I recommend this book to you.
Whether it's christmas or not this book is guaranteed to put you in the yule tide spirit.
It was like the literary equivalent of drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.
Kiwi's Christmas Tail was kitty good!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 03, 2014 :
This latest installment to the Kiwi Series is a Christmas story in which Kiwi, Amy, and James help a star rescue his fairy friend from the clutches of an evil witch who is holding her captive in a haunted house. Their adventures take them back to Cat City to enlist the help of old friends such as Siam and Inspector Furrball. In an enchanting twist, they wind up meeting Father Christmas and traveling with him around the world and eventually to his magical realm of Snowfell.
Kiwi's Christmas Tail is a delightful book filled with magical adventures and great teachable moments to entertain and delight your children. Great reading for the entire family. Again, the Kiwi series of adventures delivers magic and love. Very enjoyable.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 22, 2013 :
This is a belated review. The author gave this book to me as a gift because I had enjoyed all her previous books in the series.
If you've read any of the five previous books in the Kiwi Series (Kiwi in Cat City, Kiwi and the Missing Magic, Kiwi and the Living Nightmare, Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle and Kiwi and the Realm of Ra) then you know wherever Amy and James' little black cat appears, magical things will follow.
This is a story full of holiday magic, fun and adventure, where a new star on top of Amy and James' Christmas tree turns out to be a real star, stolen from Father Christmas. The chase is on to rescue the star's friend, a Christmas Fairy, and make sure Father Christmas can find them Christmas Eve to take them home. The only problem is the witch who lives in the holiday fun house; she chases them all the way back to Cat City - where there is no Christmas Eve! Will Kiwi, Ames and Jimster get their new friends back home in time? Will the catizens of Cat City discover Christmas? It's a quick story suitable for most ages and a great addition to every child's holiday reading list.
(reviewed long after purchase)