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Betty Boop's Guide to a Bold and Balanced Life

Fun, Fierce, Fabulous Advice Inspired by the Animated Icon

Contributions by Betty Boop and Zac Posen
Published by Skyhorse
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

“Everybody’s favorite liberated cartoon woman.” 

Classic and loveable Betty Boop is as fashionable, inspiring, and popular as ever!

If there’s one thing Betty knows, it’s how to make a lasting impression. For more than 80 years, the glamorous international icon has sung, sashayed, and “Boop-Oop-a-Dooped” past rules and conventions, unafraid to take risks or set trends, and proving time after time that she can do anything she sets her mind to! Betty is beloved by millions of fans around the world, who are enchanted not only by her adorable appearance and iconic phrase, but also by her wit, inspiring messages, and ahead-of-her-time wisdom. 

Here the authors take ten empowering and universally inspiring themes pulled directly from the classic Fleischer Studios Betty Boop cartoons and demonstrate why they’re more relevant than ever in today’s world by blending them with modern images and timeless wisdom and advice. All-encompassing topics include:

  • Self-confidence
  • Positive thinking
  • Independence
  • Kindness
  • Healthy living
  • And more!
Youthful, ambitious, sassy, and confident, Betty Boop seeks to make a positive change in the world around her. She is vibrant and magnetic—she inspires. Betty is stylish and sexy, but never to please anyone but herself. She’s got class. She’s proud of who she is and won’t apologize for it, approaching life with irrepressible moxie. And with her daring look, can-do attitude, and irresistible charm, Betty is ready for anything that comes her way.


As one of the most popular animated characters of all time, Betty Boop is beloved by women of all ages around the world in part because of her adorable appearance, her friendly accessibility, and her signature phrase, “Boop-Oop-a-Doop.” But she also is adored because of her enchanting wit, humor, inspiring messages, and ahead-of-her-time wisdom.

After all, there’s a little bit of Betty in each of us. When you watch her classic cartoons, scroll her social media feeds, or just read about the powerful ways she’s influenced society and pop culture over the decades, there’s something about Betty we can all relate to. Ambitious, vibrant, and confident, she seeks to make a positive change in the world around her. She’s sassy, classy, and full of moxie. She’s stylish and flirty. A no-nonsense girl, she’s proud of who she is and won’t apologize for it. She’s been through some tough times and come out stronger. And, she’s definitely a girl we’d all like to hang out with—an experience we’ve tried to create for you in this book!

Pulled directly from the classic Betty Boop cartoons specifically for this book, we’ll be covering the topics of Independence, Love, Kindness, Style, Positivity, Courage, Confidence, Humor, Health, and Respect. In each chapter you’ll find gems of wisdom, super helpful advice, and amusing and engaging stories from Betty’s life that everyone can relate to. You’ll also find a wonderful blend of important messages, problem-solving tips, humorous anecdotes, fascinating scientific studies, and practical information for making every day your best. You’ll learn how to handle difficult situations, boost your brain power, improve your health, bolster your relationships, minimize your weaknesses, and maximize your strengths. And you’ll do it all with a little help from Betty!

Finally, of course, we’ve filled these pages with adorable images of Betty—both old and new—to showcase her journey, illustrate her timeless lessons, and demonstrate her innate ability to evolve with and adjust to the ever-changing world around her. After all, what would a book inspired by our favorite sass symbol be without a ton of fabulous animated photos?

Our goal is that you’ll not only enjoy reading this book, but that you’ll be able to use the helpful tips and advice inspired by this beloved character to bring more joy, boldness, and balance into your life and the lives of those you love. We all deserve to live our very best lives, and it’s definitely helpful to have a little inspiration and support along the way—especially when it can be this much fun!

About The Authors

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (January 21, 2020)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510750050

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Raves and Reviews

“Everybody’s favorite liberated cartoon woman.” 

"Packed with amazing inspo and fab life advice." 
Girl's Life magazine

“Betty Boop embodies the universal themes of Love, Courage, Independence, and Hope—the same themes that keep coming up in my own work as a musician and composer. It’s these themes that have inspired us to bring Betty to Broadway. Betty within the pages of this book or on Broadway—it’s all positive and empowering. I think the whole world could use a little Betty Boop right now.”
—David Foster, renowned musician and composer

"The original female star of animation is back in Susan Wilking Horan and Kristi Ling Spencer’s new book . . . Drawing upon the original Betty Boop cartoons and lessons Betty learned 90 years ago—the same lessons and issues which every modern woman faces today—the book not only celebrates Fleischer animation, but also provides entertaining and empowering lessons designed for girls and women of every age."
—Dan Sarto, Animation World Network

"One of animation’s most enduringly popular characters, Betty Boop is adored by fans of all ages, considered a style icon, trendsetter, and symbol of women’s empowerment . . . Written by empowerment advocates Susan Wilking Horan and Kristi Ling Spencer, the book features a foreword by designer Zac Posen and offers readers a glimpse into Betty’s colorful history while also providing timely and timeless tips on topics ranging from love to health to self-empowerment."
Animation Magazine

“Betty is certainly an icon, in fashion, attitude, and lifestyle. You know her when you see her, and you know the character she’ll bring to the screen: fierce, feisty, independent, ethical—a strong woman who knows her own mind. Susan Wilking Horan and Kristi Ling Spencer have taken the character of Betty Boop and tied those positive attributes, from Courage and Confidence to Health and Humor, together to create a book that entertains, enlightens, and educates with the light touch that Betty herself brought to so many classic screen appearances.”
—Greg Moody, CBS Denver, Critic at large

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