Debut author Beth Cortese, releases her first children s book, with illustrations by her sister. Buttercup and her Many-Legged Friends follows the adventures of Buttercup, a yellow Fiat Panda, and her new friends Sue the acrobatic spider and Wilfred Wingstripe, retired Commander of the Nectar Division. The story joins Buttercup as she makes a happy transition from her lonely life in the showroom to her new life with owner Evan. Buttercup makes lasting friendships with the insects in Evan s garden; friendships that lead to exciting adventures in the city and the countryside. Along the way the characters make new friends and face exciting challenges together and children will never look at their car or the insects in their garden without wondering about their secret life! These colourful and imaginative stories teach teamwork, kindness and perseverance. The characters are brought to life through charming illustrations and children will become absorbed in their adventures making this a fantastic bedtime read for children between the ages of 9 and 12. The special sibling relationship can be seen at its best as Beth s sister Lucy brings her sister s vision to life in these stories. The fantastic detail in these pictures will have children fascinated and searching in the garden for any lost little insect boots.