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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Character Interview and Cupcake Filled Prize Pack Giveaway

I am SO excited to have fellow cupcake enthusiast, Priyanka Gupta, here today! Pri is one of the awesome characters in Kami Kinard's latest middle-grade The Boy Problem. Learn all about The Boy Problem and Pri below, and enter to win a spectacular cupcake filled prize pack, below...

The Boy Problem: Notes and Observations of Tabitha Reddy
by Kami Kinard
April 29, 2014

Tabitha "Tabbi" Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara (star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own "project" in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who the right boy for her might be! Where is she most likely to meet him? What is he most likely to look like? Full of fun illustrations, hilarious equations, and lessons in cupcake-baking, life, love, and friendship, this book has a 100% probability of awesomeness. A perfect "next step" for fans of DORK DIARIES.

Hi, Pri! Thank you so much for stopping by Word Spelunking today and giving us all a chance to get to know you!

I am so excited to be here! This is the first time I’ve been interviewed. It’s going to be so much fun!

What three words best describe you?

Cupcakes. Energy. Family

Can you tell us a bit about your family and home?

Sure. There are four people in my family. My parents, my little brother, and me!
Our home is very colorful. My favorite room is our red living room. I especially like it because it has some beautiful paintings in it, and a few statues my parents brought back from Kolkata.

What makes your family special?

I think all families are special in their own ways, don’t you? But I think one thing that makes us special is that we all love books. And sometimes we act out scenes from our favorite books, just for fun.

I know you LOVE cupcakes, and as one cupcake enthusiast to another, what exactly is it about cupcakes that you love? What are some of your favorite cupcake-ish things you own?

I like the way cupcakes look. They’re so cute! But also, I like the way they make people smile. When you’re holding a cupcake, you’re holding something good, even if other things in your life aren’t all that great at the moment. My favorite cupcake-ish thing is a giant bean-bag chair shaped like a cupcake!

In your opinion, what are the three absolute best cupcake flavors?

Red Velvet, Oreo Surprise, and Lemon

I know you’ve recently become friends with Tabbi and Kara; what’s your friendship with them like? What kinds of things do y’all do together?

Tabbi and Kara are awesome! We started out doing school projects together, then we worked together on a fundraiser. When you work hard with people for a common goal, I think it must bond you, because now we hang out a lot. There’s often baking involved. But when we have sleepovers, we mainly talk…. sometimes about boys, but I’m not mentioning any names!

Are you as boy crazy as Tabbi? What do you look for in a boyfriend? Any special fellas in your life right now?

I think Tabbi just wanted to know that someone would like her for herself, and she really really wanted to find that person. The right guy, not just any guy. I’ve never had a boyfriend, so I would like to know what that’s like. I guess I would look for someone who likes cupcakes. That gives me a lot of guys to choose from! I’m pretty open minded about it. I don’t have my eye on anyone in particular.

This OR That
baking cupcakes OR eating cupcakes?  Baking!
Math class OR English class? English!
watching the movie OR reading the book? Reading the book!
getting a gift OR giving a gift? Giving a gift!
slaying a dragon OR being a dragon?  I don’t think I could ever slay anything. So I guess being a dragon. I wonder if you can bake cupcakes with dragon breath?

Fill in the blanks:
I’m really awesome at baking.

I’m really embarrassed to admit that the first time I baked cupcakes they tasted horrible! We didn’t have any baking powder, so I used an equal amount baking soda instead. Yuck!

The last great book I read was It by Stephen King. Just kidding! I could never read something so scary! The last great book I read was Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck. Malcolm is a rat, but he enjoys eating tasty treats as much as I do!

And finally, if you were to create and bake a cupcake inspired by YOU, what would it look and taste like, and what would you call it?

I love colorful things, so it would definitely be colorful. I’m thinking I’d start with red velvet – but I like the idea of a surprise in the center, like the mini oreo we put in the oreo surprise cupcakes – so maybe I’d stick a Hershey’s kiss in the middle of each one. I’d substitute chocolate icing for cream cheese icing, and add lots of sprinkles. And of course a cherry on top! A creation like that should be called something like Red Kiss Surprise! How about that? I’m thinking it might be a best seller someday!

That was so much fun, Pri! And that Red Kiss Surprise cupcake sounds super yummy!!!

Kami Kinard likes being happy, therefore she loves art, reading good books, spending time with family, laughing with friends and watching Sherlock! She is not afraid to make ridiculous analogies, an obscure talent that serves her well. Check out her novels THE BOY PROJECT (Scholastic 2012) and THE BOY PROBLEM (Scholastic 2914). 

A former high school English teacher, Kinard lives in coastal South Carolina with her family and the world's smartest dog.

Win a fabulous cupcake filled prize pack!
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Large cupcake bead kit, The Boy Problem bracelet, hardback copy of The Boy Problem (shipped from Scholastic), Cupcake ring, eraser, lotion, and bubble bath, and cupcake nail art.
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-ends 4/30
-must be 13+
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Jillyn said...

The best cupcake I've ever had (favorite) is a blueberry pancake batter with a maple buttercream topped with a piece of candied bacon. Yum! Thanks for the chance at this awesome win!

Mad_In_Wonderland said...

I haven't had many different kinds of cupcakes, but so far my favorite has been a red velvet cupcake. Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway, cupcakes are my favorite!

Hannah said...

My favourite kind of cupcake is chocolate, with tons of icing on top!!!

Unknown said...

I haven't tried a lot of different kinds of cupcakes, but I really like any that are chocolate! It's better if there's a pretty design too ;)

Bestdayblogger said...

what an EXCITING giveaway!!!! :D
I love cupcakes and a favourite of mine is simple yet delicious. A strawberry shortcake cupcake with real strawberries on top and real butter vanilla frosting! :D
thank you for this opportunity!

vilmark said...

My favorite cupcake I ever had was rocky road. only had it once and never seen it again but yumm

anne s. said...

i love the baked by melissa peanut butter and jelly cupcake. yum yum yum!


I am a sucker for a Red Velvet cupcake with fresh vanilla bean butter cream icing that my teenage son makes. It is incredible and he is really good at it. Best cupcake hands down for me.

Laura F. said...

Love Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!

Kat said...

Thank you for the giveaway, I have a very good friend and she makes awesome cupcakes. I would like to share this prize with her, if I am chosen.

Unknown said...

Chocolate with chocolate frosting .... [Homer Simpson voice] mmm, chocolate! [/Homer Simpson voice]