Meet Piero

Meet Piero. A hugely popular character from the kiki and Friends series of books for children.

Origin of name: Piero della Francesca*. He is obviously Italian… so he has to have an Italian name. Piero menas Peter in Italian. He had to have a “girl” name too, because in “A Case of Mistaken Identity”, Banjo thinks Piero is a girl (he only remembered the Francesca part!). Also a reference to art – to help children learn indirectly and become familiar with historic names and events.

  • 15th-century Italian painter, mathematician and geometer. Early Renaissance. Find out more.

Hobbies: Talking. Likes grooming himself. Always well-coiffed. Collects nice jewellery. Can speak English and Italian. Excellent cook. Meeting new people.

Favourite food: Milkeo

Strengths: Funny, forgiving, laid back, takes everything in his stride, doesn’t tke himself seriously, well-travelled

Weaknesses: Feels lonely

Motto: La dolce vita (life is sweet, just relax and enjoy it)

Background: Piero’s family travel a lot. He used to live in Bella Italia and just moved in next door to Kiki and Banjo in Sleepy Meadow.

Pieor: always the life of the party.

He is always ready to help. Ready for adventure. Ready to go the extra mile. He is rarely in his comfort zone. He doesn’t let it bother him that people think he talks funny or the fact that he is different from other cats. He is himself. He loves himself and he loves having fun.

A Day in the Life of Piero


An early riser. Piero goes for a brisk walk in the dusk before bathing and getting ready for the day. He spends and hour combing his fur and doing his claws. Then he’ll have a cappuccino for breakfast with a dollop of cream.

If he is not meeting up with Kiki and friends, he’ll read the morning paper.

Piero supping milkeo


He spends the day sunning himself and reading. His favourite type of reading is magazines and articles about fashion and the stock markets. He polishes his jewellery and sunglasses and takes walks by the lake.

His best days are spent with Kiki and friends on an adventure, talking Banjo’s ear off in the secret den watching him make stuff or just chillaxing with them in the garden.


He gets a little lonely in the evening, so he always tries to meet up with Banjo and the others.

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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