Kiwi in Cat City

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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 rats, 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 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.

Furry fun for ages nine to ninety nine.


Vickie Johnstone is a London-based author of books, mainly for middle-grade readers. She works as a freelance layout sub-editor on business magazines and editor/proofreader on books. Vickie loves reading, writing, films, art, animals, Milky Bar and travelling.


Kiwi in Cat City has twenty five reviews on Amazon and twenty one on Smashwords. Some snippets:

"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. 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. 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." (Ed Drury)

"In Kiwi In Cat City by Vickie Johnstone, 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 actually 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! People would like this book because... it’s fun and always keeps you on the edge of your seat." (Alynn, age twelve)

"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." (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, 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." (Cassie/Gathering Leaves)

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

"The suspense is amazingly created and maintained throughout the book. I was quite surprised to find myself not willing to put the book down." (Ritesh Kala)

"I read this to my ten year old twins and they loved it. They liked the way the children turned into cats and went into the cat world, and they loved the names of the cats too. They liked the ending and thought it was very well-written and that other children should enjoy it too." (Anna Pescardot)

"Johnstone knows what kids want! This book is very descriptive, but also gives children a chance to use their imaginations." (Nicole Storey)

"This is a delightful story and the author’s imagined Cat City was great fun. The cats’ names were cute and cosy and life, as humans know it, was cleverly cat-adapted – milk from the drinks machine, catpads (best equivalent of electronic communication!) and fish-flavoured biscuits." (CathyS/Beeshon)

"In addition to telling a terrific little story, Vickie Johnstone has inserted plays on words, all-too-human situations and prejudices and flaws that make her speaking cats symbols for human foibles. Her introduction of advanced words bantered about by malapropisms encourages children to think up a step without stopping the flow of the tale. All of the ingredients for involving youngsters in the love of reading are here. Kiwi in Cat City is a great start in what appears to be a promised series of adventures for those who love books - human beings of all ages!" (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. When all goes back to normal the children have to readjust how they think and act as humans." (Lana Lee)

"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 old grandma entertained through the entire book. You will find adventure, intrigue, mystery, kidnapping and cat police to the rescue." (Patricia aka Mamaw)

"This is such a cute, delightful story that, as soon as I started reading it and even though it was pretty late at night, I so wanted to wake up Emily, my nine-year-old daughter and have her read it with me. The elaborate settings, exquisite details, and sophisticated characters are matched only by the wit and ingenuity of the author. If I loved this book so much as a grown (mature?) woman, I'm betting young adults will absolutely fall in love with it. 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. Try this one out if you have children, grandchildren, or are just young at heart." (Paul M Schofield)