Betty and the Mysterious Visitor

Illustrator: Emily Sutton

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Books

Age 3+

Picture Storybooks

A touching celebration of nature by debut author Anne Twist, illustrated by world-renowned children's book artist Emily Sutton.
Betty loves visiting Grandma and playing in her beautiful garden, Acorn Hollows. But when a mysterious creature starts destroying the Hollows, Betty must come up with a plan to save it. Whatever will she do?
Anne Twist's joyous story is brought to life by Emily Sutton's stunning illustrations.


Anne Twist began writing poems in 2017 after suffering the loss of her beloved husband. Writing helped her navigate through grief. Her garden in the countryside of Cheshire became her inspiration and brought her peace as her craft grew. Born in the south of England, Anne is mother to Gemma and Harry. Reading to them constantly, especially at bedtime when they were little, was a huge part of raising her children. She hopes her debut book becomes part of your bedtime routine.
Emily Sutton is an artist and illustrator based in York, England. She has worked on numerous picture books, including The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy, as well as Tiny, Lots, Many and Grow by author Nicola Davies, and The Tale of the Castle Mice by Michael Bond. Emily finds endless inspiration for her paintings from spending time in nature accompanied by her dog muse Mouse and her nieces.
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A gorgeously illustrated celebration of nature and making space for wildlife in our gardens.

The Bookseller Buyer's Guide

Illustrated with teeming decorative images, this is the story of a precious wild corner damaged by a badger. How to defend nature against nature? Betty’s grandma finds the answer.

The Sunday Times

A wonderful celebration of the natural world and the bond between Betty and her grandma. Emily Sutton really makes that world come alive in her lavish illustrations, every one of which is so rich in detail that each time you read the book, you will discover something new.

Books for Keeps

The gentle story delivers a sense of challenge to the very young from the cosy security of home and the natural world of the garden… The positive message of the story mirrors the excitement children feel when they have overcome a challenge. Emily Sutton’s whimsical illustrations are full of the detail that captures a child’s eyes such as the insects in the garden, plant pots in the market and a cat strolling across the lawn.

Yorkshire Life

This delightful book with illustrations by Emily Sutton is a love letter to nature. […] Young readers will be excited to join Betty on her quest in this book with an important message about protecting our natural world.

Dundee Courier

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