Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Busy Betty & The Circus Surprise by Reese Witherspoon

Posted October 26, 2023 by meezcarrie in Book Review, children, giveaway, picture book, Reese Witherspoon / 13 Comments

Busy Betty & the Circus Surprise book review

Busy Betty & the Circus Surprise by Reese WitherspoonBUSY BETTY & THE CIRCUS SURPRISE by Reese Witherspoon
Xindi Yan
Busy Betty #2

GENRE: Children’s Picture Book
PUBLISHER: Flamingo Books
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2023

Academy Award–winning actress, founder of Hello Sunshine, and bestselling author, Reese Witherspoon is back with a second picture book in the New York Times bestselling Busy Betty series!

“A sure bet for a kid-tested, puppy-approved storytime.”– Kirkus reviews

Busy Betty has always been busy. Every day she wakes up with a million questions and a billion ideas! And today she has an amazing idea: she’s throwing her mom a birthday party. Shhh . . . It’s a surprise!

Then Betty and her best friend, Mae, have the best idea of all: What if they threw Mom a circus surprise party?! It will be the greatest day in the history of the universe!

Everything is perfect until Betty realizes—oh, no!—Mom’s birthday isn’t today . . . it’s next month. Whatever will they do with their circus surprise now?

Reese Witherspoon’s Busy Betty is an exuberant, smart, and larger-than-life character who encourages young readers to tackle each obstacle with enthusiasm, excitement, and big ideas.


Other Books In This Series

My favorite picture books are the kind in which the illustrations make the text even more delightful, whether through introducing additional details or enhancing emotions in some way. In other words, the illustrations make the funny, funnier or the cute, cuter or the sweet, sweeter. Busy Betty & the Circus Surprise by Reese Witherspoon and Xindi Yan is one such book.

Busy Betty (thusly named because she wakes up every day with a MILLION questions and a BILLION ideas) wants to do something special to celebrate her mom’s birthday. Her two best friends (Mae and Jeffery) and her longsuffering dog (Frank) are on hand to help, and it’s not long before Betty decides they should make a ‘humongous, tremendous, stupendous’ circus. What transpires is messy, endearing, and hilarious. It could be a great jumpstart for little imaginations, or a trip down memory lane for anyone who has ever created a tent fortress in their living room with sheets and blankets, or acted out a grand play or a great battle in the backyard with homemade props/costumes.

Bottom Line: In Busy Betty & the Circus Surprise, Reese Witherspoon’s fun and endearing story pairs perfectly with Xindi Yan’s adorable illustrations. The entertaining combination is sure to produce lots of giggles from young readers and the adults who love them. I thought each page was so cute, and I loved Betty, her friends, and her parents. The way it all works out is perfect, and what a gentle lesson for parents, too. However, my absolute favorite part of this book is Frank, Betty’s begrudging dog. Yan’s subtle commentary on how Frank feels about all the goings-on had me chuckling through the whole book!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

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Reese Witherspoon
Photo Credit: John Russo

Reese Witherspoon is an award-winning actress, producer, founder and New York Times bestselling author. She won an Academy Award® for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line and was later nominated in that same category for Wild in 2014, which she also produced. Witherspoon also starred in beloved films Sweet Home Alabama, Legally Blonde, and Election, as well as the award-winning television series Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, and The Morning Show. Her other film credits include Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, Universal Pictures’ animated musical comedy Sing and Sing 2. In addition to her acting and producer roles, Witherspoon is an author and founder. In 2018, Reese released her first book, Whiskey in a Teacup, which was an instant bestseller. In 2016, she established the media brand Hello Sunshine. Hello Sunshine puts women at the center of every story it creates, celebrates and discovers. Hello Sunshine tells stories across all platforms–from scripted and unscripted television, feature films, animated series, podcasts, audio storytelling, and digital series–all shining a light on where women are now and helping them chart a new path forward. Hello Sunshine is also home to Reese’s Book Club and Reese’s YA Book Club, and the newly launched RBC App. Hello Sunshine is part of Candle Media, an indepdent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises.

Xindi Yan

Xindi Yan left behind a small city in China to realize her dream of being a published artist. She traveled thousands of miles to study, live, and work in New York. Having always wanted to illustrate children’s books, Xindi buried herself in countless books and drawings. She is the illustrator of Sylvia Rose and the Cherry Tree by Sandy Shapiro Hurt, the Craftily Ever After series by Martha Maker and The Itty Bitty Witch by Trisha Speed Shaskan. When not drawing, she likes to keep busy with lots of crafts and cooking. Xindi currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dreams of having a puppy one day.

Busy Betty & the Circus Surprise giveaway

Penguin Kids is offering a print copy of Busy Betty & the Circus Surprise by Reese Witherspoon to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Busy Betty & the Circus Surprise by Reese Witherspoon (illustrated by Xindi Yan) with a little one in your life?

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13 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Busy Betty & The Circus Surprise by Reese Witherspoon

  1. Nancy

    We would like to read Busy Betty & the Circus Surprise by Reese Witherspoon because we love books with exciting characters!

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