Kiwi in Cat City

Kiwi in Cat City

by Vickie Johnstone


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Ebook version published on April 28, 2011. Book 4 was a finalist at the National Indie Excellence Awards 2013.

Have you ever wished your cat could talk or wondered where he/she goes when you are not around?

Kiwi in Cat City is the first book in a series, of which there are six fun adventures so far. Kiwi seems like a typical moggie, content to nap in the sun and chase shadows, but she has a secret. She is a magical cat from a place called Cat City. With her two humans, James and Amy, Kiwi finds mysteries and adventures, dealing with catnappings, jewel thieves, giant mice, time travel, haunted houses, Father Christmas, pyramids and more. The fun stories contain positive messages about loyalty, friendship, honesty, bullying and the power of standing together.

Book 1 opens on one dark night. Amy cannot sleep and she looks out of the window into the garden to see her cat, Kiwi, transfixed by the moon, which is glowing brightly like a cat's claw. Waking her brother, James, Amy suggests they follow Kiwi 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 magically change the children into kittens and 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, the budding detectives help Inspector Furrball to investigate the mysterious catnapping of Mr Katz and find out what happened to Madame Purrfect.

The books contain illustrations by Nikki McBroom.

Furry fun for ages 9-99.

"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. This is a great book for all ages." - Amelia Curzon

"Very well written fantasy about an alternate reality for cats... where a suspenseful mystery story unfolds. 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. I found myself laughing aloud." - Ed Drury

"I really liked that Kiwi was a cat-agent. Amy and James (people) follow their 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 a cat-agent, and she'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. 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's fun and always keeps you on the edge of your seat." - Alynn, age 12

"Johnstone is a wonderful writer, able to weave a magical tale. Her pace and timing is perfect." - Donna Brown

"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. Vickie has a terrific imagination and truly amazing talent in putting her vision into words." - Cassie/Gathering Leaves

"This book is pure delight - the author has such a great imagination and her ability to captivate an audience is second to none." - Sue Palmer

"All of the ingredients for involving youngsters in the love of reading are here." - Grady Harp

"I love the way the author describes people getting used to the body of the cat and laughed hysterically even more during the whole adventure." - Lana Lee

"This is such a cute, delightful story... The elaborate settings, exquisite details, and sophisticated characters are matched only by the wit and ingenuity of the author. The little miss Em just started reading it and, halfway in, she's just as engrossed as I was." - Megan Broutian

"This first book of the Kiwi series is a jewel and a complement to the writing skills and imagination of a brilliant young author." - Paul M Schofield

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463588298
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/08/2012
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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Kiwi in Cat City 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Wistfulskimmie More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely story about 2 children who decide to follow their cat one night and 'see what she has for breakfast'. They end up following her to 'Cat City' and the book is then about their adventures there. To say any more would be to give away spoilers and that’s not what this review is about! This author has a fantastic imagination and although this was essentially a children’s book, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. The story was told in an easy to read way and was a lovely subject. Who hasn’t wondered where their cat goes all night? I would love to read more from this author as she is quite simply amazing!
Alanakat More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun. I couldn't put it down. As the other reviews said it a story about two kids who help their cat Kiwi, who is a cat cop, in the cat city, catch bad guys and just enjoy being a cat. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very cute. When i was reading it i kept thinking "is cat city the place my cat goes to when im not around!"
elencheraDB More than 1 year ago
The first in Vickie Johnstone’s Kiwi series, Kiwi in Cat City tells the story of Amy and James who observe their cat Kiwi in the garden one night at the start of a nocturnal wander around the neighbourhood. Curious to know where Kiwi is going, the two children follow their cat only for her to disappear in a puff of colourful smoke. The two children are taken aback when Kiwi returns and not only speaks to them but magically turns them into kittens. The trio then transport themselves to Cat City, inhabited by catizens (love it!), where they find themselves working with the law following a series of catnappings, or kidnappings if you prefer. Kiwi in Cat City has the audience appeal of a film such as Shrek. Although the book may seem to be for younger readers, there is also plenty on offer here for teenagers and adults too. Aside from nostalgic visits to the Asterix comics, it’s not often I will read children’s books but I was happy to experience the world of Kiwi and what a world it is. The blue-lit Cat City is beautifully crafted with the catizens having their own businesses and not being as lazy as you might expect given what we know about our furry friends in the real world. Law enforcement is more humane with the weapons deployed too. This isn’t a violent place but the law is taken very seriously. Our trio of friends assist Inspector Furball who is investigating a series of kitty disappearances in the city with no ransom demands or anything. Amongst the missing is the highly respected Madame Purrfect. Kiwi in Cat City is a delightfully imaginative and simple read that should appeal to a wide audience, especially all you kitty lovers out there. Intended for ages 9+, teens and adults this is a quick and enjoyable story with Cat City being well worth a visit if you’re planning a holiday any time soon. Everything from shops and lights, to roads and cars has been carefully thought through and given that special kitty polish. Cat City may have many features you would expect in our world but it’s definitely a cat paradise. No humans here, folks. My only issue with the book was the ending seemed a little abrupt but with five more books in the Kiwi series available it’s hard to be disappointed for long. Kiwi in Cat City is a wonderful opening to this series. The start of Amy and James’ adventure, mirroring the curiosity of Alice heading into Wonderland, is a nice touch. There are some great characters and settings and it’s safe to say that Johnstone is kitty crazy, which isn’t a bad thing.
Rrawk More than 1 year ago
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.
Greta_Burroughs More than 1 year ago
Do you ever wonder where your cat goes when he/she disappears for a few days? Vickie Johnstone gives a clever explanation to this mystery. Kiwi, a very clever cat takes a couple of kids with him as he takes a trip to Cat City where they all get involved in helping the police in solving a crime. Vickie makes what some folks might think is just a children's story into a tale that is enjoyable for all ages. The interplay between the characters keeps the story fresh and makes the reader want to keep going to the next page to see what happens. The names and places such as Mr. Katz, Meow Café, Insurance in a Whisker and Inspector Furrball do not let you forget where you are at and adds to the imagery of Cat City. This is a most enjoyable story and I'm waiting for Kiwi volume two.
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Kiwi finds stuff.
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ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
What a delightful middle grade book for cat lovers! Since we have fourteen cats, I am always looking for books about cats, and this one is definitely a keeper. My daughter is in fourth grade, and I can hardly wait for her to read it! This book has it all--humor, mystery, fantasy, and lots of cats! I'm glad to know that this is the first in a series--at least from what I can tell. I don't want to give away any details, but this is a book that will delight children as well as adults who still have fond memories of childhood. It is a clever read, and it is action-packed. There was never a dull moment. Indeed a "catastic" book! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Creative and fun cat story. Author has unbridled immagination that makes for lively conversation & a great read! I like it alot. Put your brain in neutral and give it a try!
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Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Late one night Amy woke up and saw her cat Kiwi sneak out of the house through her window. She decided she was going to follow Kiwi just to find out what the cat was up to while the family was sleeping. Amy's little brother James awoke and wanted to know what was going on. When she told him he jumped out of bed ready to spy on Kiwi. It was a little, maybe a lot scary wondering around in the dark outside. As they ran through a field Kiwi turned around and asked them if they were following her. After they got over their shock Kiwi asked if they wanted to come along with her. Both of the children decided they wouldn't miss this for anything. Then she told them to repeat some magic words and motions to make and shazam! Amy and James turned into kittens. Yep, with tails, fur and walking on four legs. Kiwi told the kids/kittens they were going to Cat City and not to let the catizens know they were humans. What in the cat world was going on? What was Cat City and catizens? Well they are soon to find out. They are about begin the greatest adventure of their lives. This author has quite a vivid imagination. Turning children into kittens not to mention that their pet cat can speak several human languages. Vickie's talent for writing is impressive in that it kept this sixty-two year grandma entertained through the entire book. You will find adventure, intrigue, mystery, kidnapping and cat police to the rescue. The illustrations in the book depict the story which appears to be watercolors in soft colors. The images make you want to pickup the children and the cat up and give them a big hug. They are just too cute! The author has several other books in this series and more to come. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from the Vickie Johnstone/inknbeans press for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion
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I cant wait ti read the next book this one was amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really cute story