26 August, 2013

The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic - Blog Tour

Today we welcome author Uma Krishnaswami who has written about a character in her new middle grade novel, The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic! Make sure you stick around after the post and watch the trailer, then enter the giveaway! (cross-posted at cleverbee.org)

Dini and Maddie are together again in this fun follow-up to The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. Dini travels home to attend Bollywood star Dolly Singh's U.S. premiere. The two girls will be part of the festive opening ceremonies and everything seems as perfect as a rose petal milk shake. So why can’t Dini untie the knot in her stomach? Because there is so much that can go wrong when a big star like Dolly is in town. Is that an elephant walking down the street?

Mini’s Memory

Mini of course has the memory of an elephant, and this is what she remembers about what happened in the story that everyone is now calling The Problem With Being Slightly Heroic, except for the kid, Maddie, who is calling it TPWBSH.

To begin with, Mini remembers a whole big mess of thumping and hammering in the Elephant House at the place that everyone calls the National Zoo. Among the thumping and the hammering, Mini remembers peanuts. Crunchy peanuts, roasty peanuts. Ooh-yoo delicious peanuts. There is a lock in there somewhere as well, and a click, and a walk. Yes, that would be a long, long walk with machines zipping past her and making honking noises and even humans sticking their heads out of the machines and yelling, which is not at all a nice thing to do but there you are.

There are other machines that fly overhead and do things that are downright terrifying. Mini remembers running around and around, seeing the same island of flowers blurring as she goes, feeling her elephant heart thudding to bursting. Something flies by her and someone falls down which is also not what people usually do in Mini’s view of how the world should be. She wants things happy, and falling-down people are not happy.

Screaming. She knows there was screaming from small people and big people.

Mini & Dolly
illus. Abigail Halpin

All of this happened on a big, long road with trees on both sides and a bridge, with stone carvings on either end. Oh, Mini’s mind is just full of these rememberings.

But wait. There is a starry person in the remembering as well, with jangly bangles on her hands and a scent of roses. Oh, Mini loves that starry person. She’ll sit down for that person anytime. The person tickles her between the eyes which makes Mini as happy as peanuts! Dancing. There is dancing. And a sweet, soft eating of something Kris wouldn’t want to give her but she sneaks some anyway. Only the kids are around to see and they’re laughing, which is a very nice sound, much better than hammering and screaming and such. Mini likes kids to laugh. She likes kids in general and these three look pretty promising. And because you want to know, Mini says the soft eating thing is just mmm-mmm. It’s rosy-perfect, better than peanuts even.

Go on. Look for it, Mini says. Right in the pages of that story with the long name.

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Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for children, including the first story featuring Dini, Maddie, and Dolly, The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. She is also on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Ms. Krishnaswami was born in New Delhi, India, and now lives in Aztec, New Mexico.

To learn more, visit her website: http://www.umakrishnaswami.com/.

Follow all of the unforgettable characters from The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic on Uma Krishnaswami’s blog tour!

Follow all of the unforgettable characters from The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic on Uma Krishnaswami’s blog tour!

Mon, Aug 19 - GreenBeanTeenQueen - Dini
Tues, Aug 20 - There's a Book - Maddie
Wed, Aug 21 - Once Upon a Story - Soli Dustup
Thurs, Aug 22 - The Compulsive Reader - Dini's father
Fri, Aug 23 - Sharpread - Chickoo Uncle
Sat, Aug 24 - Booking Mama - review
Mon, Aug 26 - Read Now, Sleep Later - Mini
Tues, Aug 27 - I Read Banned Books - Dolly
Wed, Aug 28 - Through the Wardrobe - Chef Armend Latifi
Thurs, Aug 29 - The Book Monsters - Ollie
Fri, Aug 30 - The Brain Lair - Alana


  1. What a good idea for a blog tour; thanks for participating in it. I will have to look up this author. (Wish I could enter the giveaway!)

  2. I prefer a crunch treat like popcorn or cornnuts and at times I want boiled peanuts..yummy

  3. I like both. My favorite squishy treat is fudge and my favorite crunchy is peanut brittle. Thanks.

  4. I'm not a fan of much that is squishy. Crunchy is another thing entirely. I like pretty much everything crunchy.

  5. High five! My top squishy food = mochi and crunchy = peanut brittle. Oh I could do long lists of both.

  6. Ohhh boiled peanuts. I don't know where to get them hereabouts but back home (in the Philippines) there are street vendors everywhere just walking around with them.

  7. Hi Kim! I'm sure we'll have another international giveaway soon and the winner will get to choose their prize :)

  8. I crunched my way through last week with popcorn. :)

  9. As you can tell I have a serious sweet tooth. I have to brush a lot or I'd spend a fortune at the dentist.