**I received a copy of Batty Betty for review. All opinions are my own.**
Batty Betty by Kathryn Hast
When a Tuba named Abel goes out marching by himself, he finds a sad banana, Eve, who has been bullied by local beavers. As it turns out, she’s not alone. The beavers also have it out for Betty, a towering giant who dances like no one’s watching.
Abel sets out to defeat the beavers, but soon discovers it’s not about winning – it’s about finding your own music amidst ruckus and noise.
We’re all just clumsy giants in the spinning of right now.
About Kathryn Hast
Kathryn has a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in writing and a Master’s degree in Education. She is from York, Pennsylvania, and she lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She has one dog named after a Beatles song, and one that barks at the television. Batty Betty is her second work of children’s literature.
Batty Betty is a beautiful book about being yourself amidst the naysayers. Throughout the book we meet a few different characters. There’s the sad banana, the compassionate tuba, the bullying beavers, and the free spirited giant.
I felt as if I could identify just a bit with each character. There are times in my life I’ve allowed the words and actions of others to hurt me. I try to be compassionate and search for those hurting who need a hand up. Then there are moments I look back on, and realized I was being judgemental of others without knowing their full situation.
What I love about Batty Betty, is that we are shown many different sides of a personality. What counts in the end though, is the one we choose to be. Do we continue to choose to be judgey? Will we always let the words of others hurt us?
Or, will we dance to our own music? Will we see when we are wrong and apologize? Will we reach out to those hurt and help lift them up?
Batty Betty will help teach kids it’s OK to be themselves.