From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Betsy B. Little is an unusually tall giraffe, even taller than her parents, and wherever she goes she attracts attention. Riding the school bus, she has to stick her head out of the window and then duck under telephone wires. Jumping rope ties her in knots. And when she goes to bed, her body is too long for the mattress. Betsy dreams of becoming a ballerina, but when she takes lessons, her head bumps against the ceiling and her crashes rattle the other dancers. In the end, however, the giraffe finds a place where she can pirouette with grace and abandon. Betsy is an inspiration for all the gawky ballerinas and too-tall kids no one wants to sit behind. Her temperament remains cheerful and determined when she is presented with physical obstacles. The rhyming text is fairly smooth and has a satisfying ending: "The whole town applauds her/For coming so far/And finding her own way/Of reaching her star." Watercolor illustrations show Betsy's uniqueness and awkwardness with sympathy and wit. No matter her circumstances, she is depicted as an appealing, friendly character with whom readers can identify.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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All those children who feel dwarfed in the grown-up world will enjoy the role reversal in McEvoy’s debut picture book about a kid with the opposite problem: she is too tall to fit in. Betsy, the young giraffe, is so tall that she even towers over her parents: “Why, even her dad / Had to look up at her.” Simple rhyme and bright playful illustrations with thick black lines show the young giant giraffe looking down at the treetops, her long legs stretching from her little skirt. Her height sometimes makes Betsy feel powerful, but it brings problems, too. She dreams of being a ballet dancer, but when she joins the class, her head hits the ceiling. Finally, she comes up with a solution that makes her feel free and accepted. Silly, triumphant fun for the klutzy and unnoticed. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman