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Vickie Johnstone lives in London, where she works as a sub-editor on business magazines. 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 16 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).
Happy reading and writing :)
on April 09, 2012 :
The second book in the Kiwi series of books takes the readers on another fantastic adventure with Kiwi the magical cat. Again, Jame and Amy venture to the wonderful Cat City where we learn much more about the City and it's Catizens. We also learn about Kiwi's parents and the creatures called the magic. But James and Amy learn of another place, not so nice, the Land of the Giant Mice.
James and Amy's ability to hear and understand animals develops to the degree that they even befriend a community of bees and help get them happily buzzing again. They make new friends and have fantastic adventures as they help to save Cat City which is in danger of being destroyed.
Another adventurous tale of mice and men, cats and mice, all told in skilled writing of Vickie Johnstone. It is easy to see why this author is so beloved. These are wonderful books the entire family can enjoy.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on March 05, 2012 :
Please note, my review copy was generously provided by the author.
Strange things are afoot in the Cat City: giant mice, weird magic bursts, buildings in lock-down mode, and a surprising discovery about both the nature of magic – and of Kiwi herself. If you’re not up on the whole Kiwi-the-Cat thing, check out Alynn’s review for a good synopsis of the Kiwi-universe. In a very tiny nutshell, Kiwi is the pet of two children (Amy and James) – when she’s in this world. In HER world, Cat City, she is a bit of a detective and the two children (known as Ames and Jimster there) are rather like her pets – they help her solve mysteries. In this, book two of the Kiwi series, the mystery is to figure out what happened to all of the Cat City magic.
The story is sweet, the characters are endearing, and the mystery is, well, mysterious. It starts with the aforementioned giant mouse (a definite oddity in Cat City), which triggers a locked-down Cat Central (the coolest description of a policemen’s defensive posture ever, seeing as it involves the actual building going into hiding). Add in a genuinely crazy villain (someone you’ve met briefly, if you’ve visited Cat City before), Kiwi’s mom, and a trip to mouseland, and you are in for one unusual trip!
This is a lovely series. As with all well-written and thoughtful books for younger readers (and, come to think of it, “older” readers too), there are life-lessons threaded throughout the narrative about the importance of loyalty, courage, perseverance, and being a good catizen, er, I mean, citizen. Johnstone’s prose is easy-going and she throws just enough fun and frivolity in to hold your attention – be you child, tween, teen, or adult, I think.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on March 04, 2012 :
Kiwi and the Missing Magic (Kiwi Series #2)
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!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Jan. 02, 2012 :
Another cute book for the 10+ set, in which Amy and James follow Kiwi back to Cat City to find out why the Magic is missing -- and to help set things right.
Vickie Johnstone's clever world of reverse anthropomorphism (in which humans turn into cats) is the scene for another not-too-scary mystery, this time featuring the Land of Giant Mice. Amy, James, Kiwi and the gang have to save Cat City from the mousy menace while trying to find the missing Magic.
We learn more about how Cat city functions along the way, and Johnstone provides a cute lesson about being friends with those different from ourselves.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Read Out Loud Publishing
on Dec. 24, 2011 :
Kiwi’s gang is back in full force! Vickie has again created a huge fun filled adventure for us to follow, and I loved every bit of it. All the characters of the previous story are back with a few new characters. The list of new characters includes Kiwi’s mother Moogie who seems to be quite influential in Cat City and a giant mouse named Whiskers (I run away when I see a tiny mouse, I don’t know what I’d do if I saw a giant one!).
As anyone who has read the first book in this series knows that the kids named Amy and James have a cat named Kiwi, who is find of ‘magical’ and can covert these kids into kittens and take them to Cat City. After they return from their first trip to Cat City, the kids find it a little difficult to adjust back to their human selves and retain some of the habits they picked up in Cat City. This provides us with a few laughs. The adventure begins when Kiwi teaches the kids to talk to all the other animals. This new found skill helps them talk to the bees and find out what is wrong with the flowers around their house. Here they meet the ‘worrying bee’ who worries about everything.
The real adventure begins when they return to Cat City and soon find that some ‘Magic’ is missing. The adventure takes a serious turn when Cat City is attacked by a giant mouse aided by some of the missing Magic. After capturing him quite courageously, Amy and James take him home where he becomes friends with James’ pet hamster, Hammy. The friendship is really well depicted and kids can learn a few valuable insights about how true friends should really behave. I also liked the ending of this book where the mouse and hamster pair is gladly welcomed into Cat City. This should reach the little ones about the importance of forgiveness.
The story takes a number of twists and turns and ends with the team infiltrating the land of the giant mice. I will not go any further to avoid giving out too many details of the story. You’ll have to read it yourself to find out what happens there!
Unlike the first book, this book is not entirely based in Cat City. The team moves back and forth between the human world, Cat City and ‘other worlds’. So the setting of the story is a bit different, but the readers do get to explore other new worlds and meet new animals.
There is a third book in the series, which has already come out, and I can’t wait to get to it. I also hope that the series continues to produce such magical tales for a long, long time.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Nov. 03, 2011 :
The second book in Vickie Johnstone’s “Kiwi” series is just as engaging as the first. I truly enjoyed the way the author makes an imaginary tale come to life.
Kiwi, the cat, the two children, James and Amy along with a pet hamster and a mouse prevent Cat City from being destroyed. Of course, there is a lot more to the story than that such as new characters being introduced but it takes reading the story to see how it all fits together into one very nice package.
The “Kiwi” series is intended for kids but grownups such as myself will love the book as well. I highly recommend the whole series.
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
on Oct. 17, 2011 :
Kiwi is fun to read as ever! If you are following Kiwi Series closely, you can certainly find the same funny and witty story here, with a bonus, of course.
Vickie has included other animals here and they accounts for the clever plot of this sequel. It's not complicated though, but sure you are going to be served with a few surprises.
My mouth is sealed.
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)