Meet Banjo

Meet Piero from the popular book series "Kiki and Friends" for early readers. A profile overview of this fun and exotic character.

Origin of name: Banjo – just sounded like fun. No complications here. Like Banjo, the name is simple and fun.

Hobbies: Laughing, spending time with friends, building stuff, racing cars… food!

Favourite food: Milkeo and Catso

Strengths: Happy, loving, loyal friend, protective, strong and open. Tries his best always.

Weaknesses: Donuts, sometimes doesn’t believe in himself, gets the meaning of words wrong sometimes, like when Winston and CHurchill say “It’s raining cats and dogs”, he expects to see puppies and kittens literally falling from the sky!

Motto: I’m no scaredy cat

Background: Banjo is Kiki’s best friend. He took her under his wing when she was just a small kitten. She arrived in Banjo’s household from the vet. A stray kitten left on the doorstep. At first Banjo didn’t want to share his stuff, but then Kiki showed him how sharing and being friends was so much better. He would do anything for his little friend Kiki.

Banjo on the winner's podium. Kiki and Friends, inspiring little kids to dream big.

Banjo represents what believing in yourself can really do. With the the help of Kiki he finds inner strength. He builds his own column of confidence based on all the inner victories he experiences in their adventures – like winning the races at Silverstone and telling the truth when he lied about Piero, who is now a really good friend of Banjo’s. They have a lot in common because they are laid back and love to laugh. He is always improving himself, making the most of opportunities. He is no longer Banjo the Bully. He is kind and compassionate. He is learning how to read.

A Day in the Life of Banjo


Banjo usually lies in and has a good tummy scratch before get up. He tries to meditate with Kiki but his mind always wanders to thoughts of breakfast.

Banjo meditating in the morning before breakfast - hi tummy is rumbling though!

He has breakfast with Kiki – she is helping him to be healthy because it makes him feel good and he 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.

Kiki and Banjo are best friends

On quiet days, he helps Kiki with her journal, learns how to read with Dali, learns military maneuvers and codes with Winston and Churchill or tinkers in their den making go-carts and other stuff.


In the evening he does a workout with Tiny and Titch before dinner. Then, he watches the sun set with Kiki. They might play charades or chess.

Kiki and Friends going for a walk

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.

Published by Francesca Hepton

Author and wellness mentor Francesca Hepton is a champion for children's health, well-being and a catalyst for personal growth. Her services include books, kits, and courses predominantly in the field of health, well-being, stress reduction, and life-style choices, as well as workshops with associated course material in the form of manuals, storybooks, training manuals, videos, audios, and mentoring services.

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