Origin of name: Kiki – nickname of author Francesca Hepton (christened by niece Alice age 3 when she was teaching her to say the word “key”… plus, “Francesca” is a mouthful for any 3-year-old!). She is the author’s alter-ego.
Hobbies: Martial arts, yoga, meditation, spending time with friends, reading, curling up in a ball in the sun
Favourite food: Milkeo
Strengths: Self-belief, confidence, speed, caring, understanding, quick-thinker
Weaknesses: Can sometimes be overly protective of her friends and sensitive if someone does or says something unfair.
Motto: I CAN
Background: Kiki was inspired by my cat who was small, polite and sweet and she made me laugh. I wanted to immortalise her amazing abilities for my children in the form of fun adventure stories.
She represents the values of kindness, selflessness and has extraordinary powers for one so small. Kiki is a voice for those looking to grow in self-confidence. Which she uses in times of uncertainty, to outwit the baddies. She’s a strong beacon of calm, reliable hope.
A Day in the Life of Kiki
She wakes up before everyone else does and before the sun comes up so she can do her training.
First she meditates to find focus and calm then she exercises to remain quick and strong.
She has breakfast with Banjo helping him to be healthy because it makes him feel good and Banjo loves eating, so Kiki makes sure his breakfast nourishes his body.
They have fruit, yoghurt and sometimes a smoothie or boiled eggs, they always have milkeo.
Then they go for a walk or spend time reading and painting with Dali.
One thing is for sure they always end up on adventure before the day is over.
Sometimes it’s when they visit, Allan and Poe it’s when they join in with activities and events in the village of sleepy Meadow. It can also happen when they are helping others.
On quiet days, she will write in her journal about her experiences and ideas. She likes to glue in tickets, flowers and bits n bobs. Banjo will join her and so does Dali. He paints pictures to go with her journal. Banjo cuts them out and sticks them in; if Piero is not busy taking a bath or doing his hair, he will also come by and sing with his guitar or tell a story.
In the evening after Kiki has finished her dinner, one of her favourite past times is to watch the sunset. They might play charades or chess.
Then they will sit around the fire and laugh about all the fun they had that day, and give thanks that they and their friends are safe.