Monthly Archives: December 2011

Interview with the author of the ‘Kiwi Series’, Vickie Johnstone

A very warm welcome to Vickie Johnstone, author of the amazing ‘Kiwi Series’ books for children. She is here today, talking frankly about her books and her journey to become a published author.

About Vickie Johnstone:

Vickie lives in London and has a thing about fluffy cats. She works as a senior sub-editor on business mags and enjoys the delights of such things as mining, geodrilling and the environment.

She loves reading, writing, films, the sea, art, animals, nature and travelling.

She recently published her first book, called Kaleidoscope. It is a gathering of 119 poems she has written over the years since a very long time ago in a galaxy far far away. They are on a variety of themes and in different styles.

She is currently writing a series for children called Kiwi. The star is a little black cat, called Kiwi, who takes her two young owners to her other home – the blue-lit Cat City, where they meet such characters as Inspector Furrball, Paws, Madame Purrfect and Moggie. Nothing will quite seem the same again to the two children.

Book 1 is Kiwi in Cat City
Book 2 is Kiwi and the missing Magic
Book 3 is Kiwi and the Living Nightmare

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Kiwi and the living nightmare (Kiwi Series) by Vickie Johnstone

Kiwi and the living nightmare (Kiwi Series)Kiwi and the living nightmare by Vickie Johnstone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The Kiwi series by author Vickie Johnstone continues as Kiwi and her friends enter another adventure. For those who are new to the series, here is a little background. Amy and James, two kids own a cat named Kiwi, who is magical, and can turn the kids into kittens and take them to Cat City. Over the last two books, they have met a number of ‘catizens’ there, who return to this story.

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Kiwi and the missing Magic (Kiwi series) by Vickie Johnstone

Kiwi and the Missing MagicKiwi and the Missing Magic by Vickie Johnstone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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!).

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Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone Review

Kiwi in Cat CityKiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who would have thought that I could read and enjoy a book written mainly for children! This is one book that will hold the attention of the most fidgety child and captivate and entertain them.

The ‘Kiwi’ series by author Vickie Johnstone revolves around Amy and James, two young children who own a cat named Kiwi. One night, as they see their cat outside staring at the moon, they go down and start following her, until she disappears in a cloud of purple smoke! As she returns and starts talking (Of course, a talking cat, this is a children’s book after all), she instructs the kids to do to mimic her and suddenly they find themselves turned into kittens and this is where their adventure begins.

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I won the Versatile Blogger Award!

Nickie Storey-Bailey, my friend over at the ‘Book Junkies’ group on Facebook gave me the most amazing news a couple of days back. She had chosen me as one of the recipients of the coveted “The Versatile Blogger” award.  I am simply ecstatic!

Firstly, I would like to really thank Nickie for thinking about me for this award. Her excellent blog, where she discusses the ups and downs of a wanna-be writer can be found here:

According to the rules, for me to accept this award, I must:

1. Thank the person who gave it to me and link them back to my blog.
2.  Share seven things about myself.
3.  Pass this award on to 5 other recently discovered blogs and inform them of the honor.

Seven things about me only my closest friends and family would know are:

1. I am a huge computer nerd. I have always been the default go-to guy in all things related to computers for as long as I can remember.
2.  I just love chocolate. I’ll do anything for a friend who has a big chocolate bar in his hands.
3.  Although I work in investment banking, I’d rather be working in a start-up internet company.
4.  I might have a lot of friends and love to be around people, but I am just as comfortable being left alone for long durations.
5.  I love Mexican and Italian food but I never eat it often enough.
6.  I love playing computer games. I get so engrossed in them, that I lose track of time. So, I had to remove all of them from my computer. However, I still have those binges every once in a while.
7.  I like English movies and TV series much more than the local Hindi stuff. This means, I generally end up watching them alone.

The five people I would like to confer this award on are:

1. Vidya Ravi:
2.  Meera Srikant:
3.  Freelancer:
4.  Sheetal:
5.  Natasha McNeely:

And finally, I’m adding one more name to the award I am passing on. I know the deal says five, but I just cannot resist!

6. Manasi Vaidya:

Thank you once again, Nickie!