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Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night (Alvin Ho Series #5)

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Here is the fifth book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for beginning and reluctant readers.

Alvin, an Asian American second grader who's afraid of everything, has started to notice his mother getting bigger . . . and bigger. Alvin's sure it's all the mochi cakes she's been eating, but it turns out she's pregnant! There are lots of scary things about babies, as everybody knows. There's ...

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Overview

Here is the fifth book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for beginning and reluctant readers.

Alvin, an Asian American second grader who's afraid of everything, has started to notice his mother getting bigger . . . and bigger. Alvin's sure it's all the mochi cakes she's been eating, but it turns out she's pregnant! There are lots of scary things about babies, as everybody knows. There's learning CPR for the newborn and changing diapers (no way). But the scariest thing of all is the fact that the baby could be a GIRL. As a result of the stress, Alvin puts on a few pounds and—in one hilarious misunderstanding—worries that he might actually be pregnant, too!

From Lenore Look and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham comes a drop-dead-funny and touching series with a truly unforgettable character.

“Shares with Diary of a Wimpy Kid the humor that stems from trying to manipulate the world.” —Newsday

“Alvin’s a winner.” —New York Post

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greta Holt
Alvin Ho is pregnant. Well, it's a sympathetic pregnancy, but he doesn't know that. He looks up pregnancy with his second grade classmates who decide that they have cravings for way too much ice cream. Alvin gains weight and Mom takes him to hockey practice hoping to slow the gain. But Alvin's strength, if it can be called that, is as a goalie because he takes up so much space in the goal. Fearful of the thief who is rumored to be roaming the town, Alvin takes all of his money to school in a box. Since Alvin doesn't talk in class—his therapist is working on it—the one-eyed girl Flea speaks for him during their current affairs presentation. Flea becomes emotional about the plight of Haitians after an earthquake, and she offers Alvin's coins as the seed money for a relief effort. Their teacher is quiet impressed, a TV crew shows up, and Alvin is the unwilling center of attention. Unfortunately, the thief strikes and the money is taken, leaving Alvin crying. What to do? Look and Pham create another story in the world of Alvin Ho. It is fun for youngsters to read and equally fun for adults who want to remember how children's imaginations can make them feel. Reviewer: Greta Holt
Kirkus Reviews
Alvin Ho's lovable, quirky family is due to increase by one in this fifth installment of the warmly funny series, which again features vibrant, playful black-and-white illustrations by Pham. Though his mom assures a dubious Alvin that she told him months ago about her pregnancy, his new sibling's imminent arrival introduces a whole new set of worries for nerve-wracked Alvin. Paramount among them is his misunderstanding that the "simply pathetic" (read: sympathetic) pregnancy his mother suggests he's experiencing will result in him actually giving birth. Described in short, dialogue-driven chapters and in keeping with the enjoyably over-the-top tone that has come to define the ongoing story, Alvin's anxiety (which includes an inability to speak at school) creates a host of situational comedies that the adults in his life must help him resolve. Alvin's father's absence due to a business trip is notable in this latest, and it results in Alvin's leaning more heavily on his older brother, Calvin, whose current interest in Rube Goldberg devices makes for some predictably hilarious solutions to problems. The ending glossary, also a fixture of the series, offers creative definitions of terms as diverse as dim sum and nor'easter. Alvin's excitable, first-person narration, replete with his realistic attempts to make sense of what he doesn't understand, will again infect readers with its goofiness. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375970337
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Series: Alvin Ho Series , #5
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Lenore Look

Lenore Look is the author of the popular Alvin Ho series, as well as the Ruby Lu series. She has also written several acclaimed picture books, including Henry’s First-Moon Birthday, Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding, and Brush of the Gods. Lenore lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of the Alvin Ho series, as well as The Best Birthday Party Ever by Jennifer LaRue Huget; Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, a New York Times bestseller; and the Freckleface Strawberry series by Julianne Moore. She is the author and illustrator of the picture books Big Sister, Little Sister and All the Things I Love About You. LeUyen lives in San Francisco. Learn more at leuyenpham.com.

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