Tag Archives: Children’s literature

Interview with author Karen Pokras Toz and Nate of the Nate Rocks series


Today, I have two amazing guests with me. You may already know them from my review of Nate Rocks the World here. If you haven’t already guessed, I have author Karen Pokras Toz and Nate of the Nate Rocks series with me today. They both answer some questions I had. I had an amazing time talking to the two of them, hope you do too!

 Interview with author Karen Pokras Toz

Describe your series? What genre would you classify it into?

Nate Rocks is a middle grade series I created just over a year ago with the first book, “Nate Rocks the World.” Nate Rocks is about 10-year-old Nathan Rockledge. On the outside, he seems to be just an average kid. His family drives him crazy, and he doesn’t exactly love school. But he does have something he loves: drawing. Give Nathan a pencil and some paper and watch as he transforms himself into Nate Rocks – hero extraordinaire. I originally wrote “Nate Rocks the World” for the 7-12 age group, but I’m finding that all age groups are enjoying Nate’s adventures. I suppose we are all young at heart.

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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

Posted here: https://riteshkala.wordpress.com/

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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