Kiki the Kung Fu Kitten

Kiki the Kung Fu Kitten

A beautiful story of friendship and the power of self-belief. Kiki, a little stray kitten, uses her own amazing powers to fend off a big bully and turn him into a great new friend.

This story will make you laugh and feel all the goodness in the world hug your heart.

A new anti-bullying book for children. A unique and spirited bullying book for children with a great story.


Kiki the kung fu kitten story for children

Great aid for schools, kindergartens and pre-schools.
Children love this heart-warming story of friendship.

Babili Books is proud to present this wonderful, uplifting story written and illustrated by Francesca Hepton.

Kiki the kung fu kitten - A story of friendship

Through fun rhymes and colourful pictures Kiki shows how understanding and self-belief can conquer all fears.

Also available from Barnes and Noble, Imagined Things Book Store, amazon and Audio, ebook and paperback. Even in Italian!

Mental Health amongst Children

Children's Mental Health issues and how reading and martial arts can help

A magic combo to help children avoid mental health issues

Martial Arts and Reading

Welcome all bookworms, and fans of martial arts. You may find this an unusual combination: reading and a school of learning traditionally associated with combat. However, it transpires that people are not fully aware of just how much Martial Arts can offer, despite all the Karate Kid movies. Perhaps more importantly the general public does not know MA advocates seeks first and foremost to avoid conflict and violence.

What reading and Martial Arts have in common

We all know that reading a good book has a positive psychological impact on children, especially if it’s done on a regular basis. The whole process improves their ability to concentrate, feeds their imagination, stimulates thought, helps them develop an independent thought process, deepens their need and thirst for knowledge. In much the same way, the training required in Martial Arts reinforces the importance of being disciplined and focused. Most children excel when they have a goal to reach. Once they learn this new skill or technique, they feel a sense of accomplishment, feeding that yearning to learn more, to develop.

Children's Mental Health issues and how reading and martial arts can help

Frightening statistics we can’t ignore

The statistics concerning the state of our children’s health in the UK is alarming. With waiting lists stretching over 10 months for 8-year-old with mental health issues, surely the alarm bells must be ringing in everyone’s ears

  • One in eight (12.8%) 5 to 19 year olds had at least one mental disorder when assessed in 2017
  • Specific mental disorders were grouped into four broad categories: emotional, behavioural, hyperactivity and other less common disorders. Emotional disorders were the most prevalent type of disorder experienced by 5 to 19 year olds in 2017 (8.1%)
  • Rates of mental disorders increased with age. 5.5% of 2 to 4 year old children experienced a mental disorder, compared to 16.9% of 17 to 19 year olds. Caution is needed, however, when comparing rates between age groups due to differences in data collection. For example, teacher reports were available only for 5 to 16 year olds. Please refer to the Survey Design and Methods Report for full details
  • Data from this survey series reveal a slight increase over time in the prevalence of mental disorder in 5 to 15 year olds (the age-group covered on all surveys in this series). Rising from 9.7% in 1999 and 10.1% in 2004, to 11.2% in 2017
  • Emotional disorders have become more common in five to 15 year-olds – going from 4.3% in 1999 and 3.9% in 2004 to 5.8% in 2017. All other types of disorder, such as behavioural, hyperactivity and other less common disorders, have remained similar in prevalence for this age group since 1999

How this combo can help fight mental health issues

The magical combination of reading and Martial Arts goes even further in a child’s personal development. Both practices improve children’s ability to concentrate on a task and their endurance as they see it through to its completion. Perhaps the the biggest benefit is their boost in self-confidence:

  1. from gaining new skills and knowledge
  2. being part of a positive and engaging story
  3. feeling empowered and inspired
  4. being a part of something

Start incorporating these two activities in your child’s life today. Kiki and Friends stories can help lift your children’s spirits and sense of worth. Plus they are a hoot to read!

Fun and Adventure with Kiki and Friends: A Case of Mistaken Identity

National Children’s Day UK 2019


Children’s author, Francesca Hepton, is teaming up with local Martial Arts centre AIM to help raise awareness for National Children’s Day on the 12th of May 2019. Together we’re taking steps to help children be healthy inside and out. Come and show your support or enter our prize draw by pre-ordering the latest Kiki + Friends book.

National Children's Day UK 2019 Party at AIM Martial Arts with author Francesca Hepton

NCDUK Party 12 May 2019

A Positive Start for Children


  • 10 am Welcome introduction – brief talk on the benefits of Martial Art for children’s health + the latest book release from Francesca Hepton promoting children’s self-confidence through her kung fu kitten in the story: “A Case of Mistaken Identity”
  • 10.30 amFace painting – transform into your favourite big cat
  • 10.30 amPin the headband on the Kitty – a new take on an old game. If you’re not getting your face painted, test your skills of sense and direction and maybe win a prize
  • 11 amEarn your headband. Master Hudson will put children to the test in a fun mini martial arts session where each child can earn their own headband.
  • 11.30 amSleeping lions. A little quiet time before cake. Prizes for the best sleeping lions.
  • 11.45 amCake made by fabulous local baker and closing thank you circle.
  • 11.45 amEnter our amazing raffle. Prizes announced on the 25th of May.

Raffle Prizes

How to enter:

Simply pre-order a copy of “A Case of Mistaken Identity” and send your amazon receipt to – enter the name of your local martial arts centre in the subject. so you get the right prizes!

How Martial Arts can help

Practising martial arts encourages children to look after their bodies and their minds. Every bit of training, every drop of sweat, every effort your child makes as they train reinforces the importance of remaining disciplined until they have accomplished the goal. The goal can be a new skill, balance or technique. Everything to help them develop and flourish with a focus on:

  • exercises
  • behaviour
  • manners
  • self-reliance
  • respect
  • concentration
  • social skills
  • SELF-CONFIDENCE – like Kiki!!

Giving our children the best possible start for a healthy and bright future doesn’t have to be difficult. Our bodies and minds are connected, meaning that what we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental and emotional wellbeing too.

Being fit helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

You can help them do this! Introduce them to this positive training and/or encourage them to read books like “A Case of Mistaken Identity” that reinforce the message or self-belief. Check out the message of the book here.

Fun and Adventure with Kiki and Friends: A Case of Mistaken Identity


Children deserve the best start

We know from working in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re a parent, guardian or concerned adult, you can get involved and help us reach as many children as possible.

Come to our book launch party at AIM Martial Arts or find one near you. If you can’t come along, show your support and buy a copy of this amazing book. Send your amazon receipt to (enter your local Martial Arts centre / town in the subject) and we’ll automatically enter you in our raffle.

Find a party near you


Media Kit for “A Case of Mistaken Identity”

Kiki and Friends - A Case of Mistaken Identity

A Kiki & Friends Story. Book 1:

“A Case of Mistaken Identity”

Suitable for readers aged 6 to 8 years old

Promoting the benefits of self-belief from the teachings of martial arts

Here is a media kit for the first Kiki and Friends book: “A Case of Mistaken Identity“.

If you check this out it will basically save you from having to read it all – and then make you want to read it! Well, that is if you’re a child in years or at heart!



Are you a parent, carer or guardian of a child? Then you might already be aware of the toll modern society is taking on our youngsters.

Here are some shocking statistics (England, 2017, source NHS)).

  • 1 in every 8 children (aged between 5 and 19) in England had a mental disorder in 2017 – that is 12.8% of our young people.
  • Emotional disorders have become more common in 5 to 15-year-olds – going from 4.3% in 1999 to 5.8% in 2017.
  • Preschool: 1 in every 18  preschool children had at least one mental disorder in 2017 – that is 5.5%, that is too high.
  • 5.6% of young women aged 17 to 19 suffered from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • 25.5% of 11 to 16-year-olds with a mental disorder had self-harmed or attempted suicide

For more information on the state of our children’s mental health you can read more here.

Not only are our youngsters suffering from mental illnesses, studies have identified other areas of concern – some of which are connected:

  • lack self-esteem
  • have low self-worth
  • feel lonely
  • are overweight
  • have trouble focusing


Kiki will help move your child from a place of isolation and insecurity to being a confident, happy and healthy individual ready to live a full life.

Kiki the Amazing Kung Fu KittenQ. You state that your goal is to help children believe in themselves. How can Kiki help instil self-belief when reading “A Case of Mistaken Identity”?

A. The story shows how a small unassuming girl-cat can take on any situation and use her patience, mind and martial arts skills to help her friends and outwit the bad guys – without aggression. Plus, because she’s a personified cat, the negative self-image issues of weight, etc. young girls are often victim of do not come into play here.

Q. You touch upon some important values in the book and claim the book can help children understand how important it is to tell the truth, the value of loyalty and friendship, teamwork and self-belief. Just how does it do this?

A. In this first book, young readers they will witness how the characters found strength in solidarity, by telling the truth, versus chaos, indecision and hurt when they were divided and not honest. Plus, the books will accompany them from a young age with the illustrated versions, making the characters a trusted part of their world. They will then empathise strongly with the characters as they grow up.

Q. What made you choose martial arts? Why do you think this should be promoted among youngsters when it is a form of fighting?

A. When I was growing up, I was always in awe of the likes of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. What they achieved with their concentration and physical abilities was amazing. They were like real-life superheroes to me. I experienced Martial Arts first hand rather late in life when I was seeking to recover from a dark period in my life. It gave me confidence, discipline and reward. I was rewarded with my own progress and the values it instilled in me. Even more-so perhaps by the respect and attitude of the youngsters who also trained with me. From the ninja tots to the moody teenagers, once they were on that dojo they felt empowered, they moved like well-oiled machines, showed deference and respect to others at all times and were constantly seeking to better themselves. They carried that drive and confidence off the dojo as well. With parents being increasingly busy at work and the digital world creeping into the lives of our youngsters, the framework and teachings of Martial Arts is as applicable to day as it was hundreds of years ago. Plus, it does not condone violence. On the contrary, martial art advocates peace over fighting.

Martial Arts will help resolve the problems of obesity, lack of focus and self-worth. Being part of a club will help children feel less isolated and more confident by being socially interactive. Learning new skills is something they can be proud of. They will also learn respect for hierarchy as well as improve their concentration and levels of fitness.

Q. What other unique features does this book offer young readers? Something other than the serious issues of life and growing up.

A. I deliberately used famous artists names and literary figures for a lot of the main characters, for example the 3 brothers are called Edgar, Allen and Poe. This is to help them become familiar with such names at an early age. not to mention that one of the major and most lovable characters, Piero, is Italian. The Italian culture has played a huge part in my life and I wanted to share it with as many children as possible; to help them gain an appreciation for cultures other than their own, as well.

Fun and Adventure with Kiki and Friends: A Case of Mistaken Identity


Chapter 1                  Banjo’s got a girlfriend! 

The importance of being honest. The themes of friendship and deceit are explored right from the outset. By trying to lie and hide things from his friend Kiki, Banjo ends up in a predicament.

The strength of friendship and loyalty. Through it all, Kiki is steadfast in wanting to help her friend. Piero is an outsider and becomes the victim of the deceit.

Chapter 2                  The 10 o’clock headache

Dealing with a dilemma – seeking help. Unsure as to what to do, our protagonists seek outside help from an older, wiser cat. He advises them to tell the truth, but Banjo is too embarrassed, instead they opt for plan B.

During their meeting with the sage cat, they enter a more sombre, literary adult world reflective of the sage cat’s eponymous, flamboyant yet melancholy poet, Lord Byron; they are also introduced to his 3 sons who are constantly gaming.

Moving a sedentary youth to be more active. A hook for parents to relate to. Lord Byron takes this opportunity to get his sons to experience the outdoors and offers our protagonists their help. A message for kids to get off the sofa!

We now have an unlikely crew setting off on their first mission together.

Chapter 3                  The crazy plan

Deceit breeds more deceit – how lying gets you into more trouble. The plan continues the theme of deceit through disguises and how this goes wrong – but in a fun way! We see how the team is starting to grow together, each with their own individual personality. The bad guys come onto stage: they are streetwise, not too menacing for the target audience but enough to play the villainous role.

Being quick and clever can help save the day – no need for violence. The enactment of the plan gives Kiki the opportunity to show the readers just how clever and quick she is as she saves the day.

Last Chapter             Back at camp

 What a tangled web of lies we weave – facing our fears. The problems are resolved in the final chapter.

The truth shall set you free. By being honest our protagonists have not only relieved themselves of their anxiety, they have also made someone else very happy and gained a new friend.

The theme of kindness and forgiveness are explored through Piero’s hurt feelings and ability to forgive.

Strength in teamwork and friendship. By working together, this new group of friends has gone out of their comfort zone, enjoyed themselves and are waiting, like the reader, for their next adventure!

Adventures with Kiki and Friends


Download  Chapter 3 to see what crazy plan our heroes have cooked up!