Kiwi in Cat City

Rated 4.87/5 based on 23 reviews
Kiwi is a black cat with a big secret – she is magical and comes from a city of catizens. One night her humans, Amy and James, follow her to see where she goes. With a flick of her tail, Kiwi turns the kids into kittens and leads them to the blue-lit Cat City, where they help Inspector Furrball investigate a catnapping and Kiwi meets her nemesis. Furry fun for ages 7-99. More
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About Vickie Johnstone

Vickie Johnstone lives in London, where she works as a sub-editor. She has a thing about fluffy cats and also loves reading, writing, films, the sea, art, nature, white chocolate and travelling. Vickie has self-published 17 books.

Books published in 2011:

Kaleidoscope (March) – 119 poems, divided by chapter themes;
Travelling Light – a free book of 44 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).

The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

Books published in 2012:

Day of the Living Pizza – a comedy horror for ages 10 up (May);
Life’s Rhythms – 316 haiku (June);
3 Heads and a Tail – a romantic comedy with a dog as the hero (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) (May).

Books published in 2015:

Mind-spinning Rainbows - 45 haiku and 109 poems (April).

Books published in 2021:

A Poem a Day - 446 poems (July).


Twitter: @vickiejohnstone


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Emily's review of the Kiwi Series
Have you ever wished your cat could talk or wondered where he/she goes when you are not around? Kiwi seems like a typical moggie, but she has a secret. She is a magical cat from Cat City. With her two humans, James and Amy, Kiwi finds mysteries and adventures, dealing with catnappings, jewel thieves, giant mice, time travel, ghosts, Santa, pyramids and more. 6 books of furry fun for ages 9-99.

Kiwi Series by Vickie Johnstone
Book trailer for the six-part Kiwi Series (Kiwi in Cat City) about a magical black cat who takes her two human friends, Amy and James, on adventures to Cat City and beyond. Music by Ed Drury and illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

Also in Series: Kiwi (the magical cat)

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Reviews of Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone

Brenda Perlin reviewed on Jan. 1, 2015

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. The storyline was full of surprises and intrigue. It was a fun adventure that had me laughing out loud. Very sweet. Loved the few illustrations and of course the lead character, Kiwi. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this story or a cat. This is just pure entertainment and enjoyment.

Cat City is a nice place to visit and the mystery kept me on my toes. It’s a great big adventure. This is a quirky story that will have cat lovers go wild. What’s not to like? I highly recommend Kiwi!!! Get ready to fall in love.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Sibel Hodge reviewed on Sep. 8, 2013

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. Kiwi has the power to turn them into kittens, and they follow her to Cat City, where several cats have been catnapped. Kiwi works for Inspector Furrball (love that name!), and with the help of the kittens, uncovers exactly what's been going on in Cat City in a fun, suspenseful mystery that all age groups will love.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Gregory S. Lamb reviewed on June 13, 2013

I was so happy I won this young adult series give away, especially so since I was already familiar with indie author Vickie Johnstone's poetic and humorous style.

When Amy and her younger brother James decide to follow their pet cat Kiwi to find out where she goes and what she does, their discovery was nothing short of transformative. The first thing they discover on their journey to Cat City was that Kiwi could talk. A little more pixy dust and soon the children were changed into kittens. When they arrived in Cat City, they learned there were some "cat knappings" and Kiwi, being the detective she is, lead the investigation as to who, where, what, and why.

This story was a fun read and full of humorous play on words. Though billed as young adult genre, I think most adults who have children, or anyone who has a cat for that matter, would enjoy reading it too. I'm glad I won the whole Kiwi series and am looking forward to reading the others. The only issue I have with the story is how it might best fit into the YA genre - as in what specific age group. It reads well but maybe a bit long for a ten year old reading on their own. Then again, it is shorter than any of the Harry Potter series and in the opinion of this reviewer, is just as "Cat -p-tivating."
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
Amelia Curzon reviewed on Feb. 1, 2013

Kiwi in Cat City is about a little girl called Amy, her brother James and their cat Kiwi. After waking one night and seeing Kiwi leap out of the window, Amy rouses James to go with her to follow Kiwi to see where she goes and what she does at night.
Kiwi, who spots them tailing her, turns around and addresses them in their own human speak and subsequently invites them along on her nocturnal journey. After getting over the shock of hearing their cat talking to them, both children decide to do just that and tag along. Then, an even more surprising thing happens as they both turn onto cats themselves.
This book is beautifully written, with a great poetic prologue, and heaps of action, intrigue and fun. Ms. Johnstone's vivid imagination does her a great deal of credit. I am also assuming, by the not entirely complete ending, that another book will be following soon, which I look forward to reading as well. This is a great book for all ages.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Ed Drury reviewed on March 16, 2012

Wonderful book for young adults and cat lovers in general. Sparsely, but elegantly illustrated and very well written fantasy about an alternate reality for cats. It creates a richly detailed place called cat city where a suspenseful mystery story unfolds. Two young children are transported to this realm by their magical cat where they play an important role in solving a case of catnapping. The details of this world are amazing, but equally impressive are the details of the characters which are brought to life vividly by the author. Book one in what promises to be an excellent series that will hook young readers on reading. It's why people write fiction for young readers, after all. But I think readers of all ages will be entertained by this book. I found myself laughing aloud at the many witty sections and comical situations. If pixar is looking for their next animated feature hit, they should contact this author about an adaptation of this book.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Jill Elizabeth reviewed on March 5, 2012

Today’s guest post is a book review provided courtesy of my step-daughter, Alynn, who in addition to being fabulous is also the author of her own website, Her review copy of the book in question – Kiwi In Cat City – was generously provided by the author, Vickie Johnstone.

Vickie contacted me over the summer about a review – and when I mentioned the book to Alynn and she thought it sounded cool, we asked Vickie if she would like a review by an actual member of her book’s target audience (young adults). She was excited to have a target reader review, Alynn was excited to read a free book, and I was excited to get a guest post – win-win-win! In fact, if you are the author of a YA book and would like Alynn to consider your book for review, let us know via comment below or via email to me here at

We hope you enjoy the review!


Book Review: Kiwi in Cat City
By Alynn, age 12

In Kiwi In Cat City by Vickie Johnstone, I really liked that Kiwi was a cat-agent. Amy and James (people) follow their Siamese cat into a separate cat world. Inside that world, Amy and James – or Ames and Jimster as they are known in the cat world – find that their cat Kiwi is actually a cat-agent, and he’s on a case where there are missing catizens (cat citizens – teehee) and Amy and James have to find the cat-napper.

This book was very good. The only thing that I didn’t like is that there were a lot of big words that I didn’t understand and had to ask about or look up. I would recommend this to kids ages nine and up or even adults, to read to their kids at night.

The ending was great! (It wasn’t the way I expected – but in a good way.) People would like this book because it’s not some boring informational book, it’s fun and always keeps you on the edge of your seat.

(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Donna Brown reviewed on March 5, 2012

Vickie contacted me about her book (a shamefully long time ago, I must admit), knowing I had a love of cats and I agreed to review it. I have started this book several times and stopped several times – NOT, I hasten to add, because I didn’t enjoy it or was finding it hard to get into. Quite the opposite. Instead, I found I loved the book and it has been to my particular chagrin that it has taken me so long to get the real focused time I wanted to spend with this book and nothing else.

Because readers, this is a wonderful story. But then, I had a feeling it would be.

So great was my love of this fun tale of the adventures of Kiwi, that I was even able to overlook the fact that there are two children as central characters. Yes, I know this is a book for children aged 9+ up but I am not a big fan of children in books and films. Believe me, I am not the maternal type! However, Amy and James are written as well mannered children that I’m sure even I could spend an afternoon with (even if they are a bit naughty for trying to go along with Kiwi’s adventures instead of going to sleep!). Besides, Kiwi is able to work a little magic to make the children considerably more likeable in my view!

Johnstone is a wonderful writer, able to weave a magical tale. She also has an excellent understanding of the behaviour of cats and injects this knowledge expertly into the tale. Her pace and timing is perfect and despite this being a book made up largely of prose, Johnstone nonetheless manages to make it poetic throughout.

I loved the exploits of Kiwi, Madame Purrfect and Inspector Furrball. Okay, okay – even the antics of James and Amy. This is the first in the series of Kiwi books and I’m roundly convinced that Johnstone will be called upon to write many more volumes. I believe she is currently working on book four and I can see this becoming a series that wouldn’t be out of place on the bookshelf of any family home, library or school. Bravo on a superb book!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are my own.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Cassie reviewed on March 4, 2012

Kiwi in Cat City
By: Vickie Johstone
Published April 28, 2011
Available Format: ebook

My Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis: Amy and James live in a house with their parents and their little black cat, Kiwi. One dark night, Amy cannot sleep and she looks out of the window into the garden to see Kiwi transfixed by the moon, which has taken on a weird, glowing shape like a cat's claw. Waking her brother, Amy suggests they follow Kiwi that night 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 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, they gain an understanding of what it's really like to be a cat. There they will be asked to help Inspector Furrball solve the mystery of the missing catizens and find out exactly what happened to Madame Purrfect.

This book is the first in a series of adventures.

Yes, this is a children’s book, but don’t let that fool you into believing that it is any less entertaining for adults! I hung on every word of this fantastic little novel, from Amy and James’ home through Cat Crime and back again. Kiwi and her cat friends are super fun characters, and the reader gets to go along with the children for a grand adventure. Vickie has a terrific imagination and truly amazing talent in putting her vision into words.

As we were getting ready for the blog feature, Vickie asked me who my favorite character was, and after some thought I decided it was Inspector Furrball. He has that intelligent quirkiness to him that makes him fun and relatable. There were a ton of cute, funny things throughout this book which kept the mystery from bogging it down too much. Each of the characters had their own unique personality, even the city itself.

Due to time constraints, I haven’t read this one with my kids yet, but it is definitely on our to-read-together list. I’ve already purchased the other two books as well, and I am anxious to revisit Kiwi and Cat City again!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Sue Palmer reviewed on March 4, 2012

I have to admit I started this book with a little indifference. My preferred genre is horror ,thriller and murder mystery and it is many, many years since I have read a children’s book. Oh boy , was I in for a surprise! This book is a pure delight –the author has such a great imagination and her ability to captivate an audience is second to none.
The tale is of two children who decide to follow their pet cat, Kiwi, one night and get the shock of the lives when they are led into a great adventure within ‘Cat City’.It is here when Kiwi and the children, who, by the way are now kittens , embark on an investigation to find missing catizens.I just loved the way the author changed words to fit into the cat world , I really don’t know how she managed to come up with so many but they were brilliant and I found myself chuckling away throughout. I soon became engrossed in the story and completely forgot I was reading a children’s book –it was so good .
To conclude; this was a well written and edited story, full of fun, colour and adventure, which I found very refreshing. The ending was a little inconclusive but this is the first in the series so I am guessing this is purposely done in order to encourage the reader to read the next one, which I would certainly do. I would love to see this book published in paperback and lining children’s bookshelves, it would also be a great choice for parents to read out loud as bedtime stories as they would enjoy it just as much.
With an imagination like this and the skill of the storytelling Vickie Johnstone could go far and I , for one , really hopes she does.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jackie Williams reviewed on Jan. 26, 2012

This is a lovely well written book, suitable for children and adults alike. A visual story that takes the reader on a trip through Cat City with Amy, James and Kiwi. Enjoy the adventure as they try to solve the mystery of the catnappings.
A recommended read.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

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