Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic by Uma Krishnasawmi –NO

Krishnaswami, Uma The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic 288 pgs. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. $16.99  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
A second book in a series, Dini has successfully befriended her Bollywood idol Dolly Singh as well as lived in India without dying of missing her best friend back in the states. Now Dini is accompanying Dolly back to the United States for her American movie premier. But right away the chaos and trouble that follows Dolly is evident as mishap after mishap occurs. On top of that Dini’s best friend Maddie has a new friend. Don’t forget to throw an elephant into the mix!
I reviewed the first book (here) as optional. But when I think about it, it was better than that –a girl worried about moving and the introduction to the culture around Bollywood. But this second book was just a plain stressful to read. The point of view changes nearly every chapter, which would be very confusing to student readers. The language and concepts are fairly advanced in many places as well. Though older reader who could manage would think the book a bit too childish. I found myself disliking the picky movie star and feeling very annoyed during the reading of this book due to the constant chaos and the sheer number of calamities.  I would not add this to my library collection.

EL –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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