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BUSY BETTY & THE CIRCUS SURPRISE by Reese Witherspoon

BUSY BETTY & THE CIRCUS SURPRISE

by Reese Witherspoon ; illustrated by Xindi Yan

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 2023
ISBN: 9780593525128
Publisher: Flamingo Books

Actor and author Witherspoon’s Busy Betty is back for another rollicking adventure.

Betty, a light-skinned child with enormous purple glasses and bouncy blond pigtails, always has “a MILLION questions and a BILLION ideas.” Betty’s latest idea is a big birthday surprise for Mom. To that end, Betty has enlisted best friends Mae (tan-skinned with dark hair) and Jeffrey (dark-skinned with soft locs) to help. First they list the things Betty’s mom likes. Then, exclaiming “Sweet cinnamon biscuits!” Betty lands on the idea of building a “humongous, tremendous, stupendous” backyard circus, starring the friends as clowns. The trio need costumes, makeup, a trapeze, a big tent, and most of all…a lion to tame—in the form of Betty’s dog, Frank, who is none too keen. Unfortunately, it turns out that Mom’s birthday isn’t until next month, but Betty knows just how to fix the situation. Witherspoon’s jaunty, vivid text and Yan’s pastel palette and exaggerated design effectively convey Betty’s energy and spontaneity, keeping readers on the edge of their seats with each dramatic page turn. The author and illustrator have created another familiar and easily resolved tale, likely setting the stage for an ongoing series. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

A sure bet for a kid-tested, puppy-approved storytime.

(Picture book. 3-6)