Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things (Alvin Ho Series #1)

Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things (Alvin Ho Series #1)

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by Lenore Look, LeUyen Pham
     
 

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Here's the first 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 both beginning and reluctant readers.

Alvin, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of everything—elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he…  See more details below

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Here's the first 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 both beginning and reluctant readers.

Alvin, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of everything—elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’ s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad.

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

Publishers Weekly

Alvin Ho, a Chinese-American second-grader with "so-so performance anxiety disorder," is afraid of just about everything: elevators, tunnels, kimchi, wasabi. But one thing is especially frightening: "I have never spoken a word in school," Alvin says, and he's mystified, "since I come from a long line of farmer-warriors who haven't had a scaredy bone in their bodies since 714 AD." By the end of the story, his fears are pretty much intact-but he's found a friend, made progress on his "How to Be a Gentleman" list and learned that joining a "gang" is for the birds. Look's (the Ruby Lu series) intuitive grasp of children's emotions is rivaled only by her flair for comic exaggeration, as in Alvin's description of his elderly piano teacher: "She bent like a question mark... and looked exactly like her pictures in The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Deluxe Edition." It's perfection that Alvin's friend turns out to be his once-despised desk buddy, Flea, a one-eyed girl with one leg longer than the other, "like a peg leg"; she prides herself on her understanding of him, and he enthusiastically thinks her eyepatch and legs make her look like a pirate. Ahoy! Ages 6-10. (July)

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Kirkus Reviews
Bright, energetic Alvin Ho is about to enter the second grade. The middle child in his close family, he idolizes his devoted, patient dad. He's a big superhero fan and he loves all things that explode. His enthusiasm, however, doesn't carry over to school-he's so petrified while there that he can't utter a single word: "But as soon as I get to school . . . I am as silent as a side of beef," he explains. In the vignettes that make up this exuberantly funny slice of Alvin's life, Look portrays the world as it would be viewed through the eyes of a wildly creative but undeniably neurotic kid. In his hometown of Concord, Mass., Alvin searches for friends, meets with a psychotherapist (who he supposes must be a "very smart crazy person" based on her job title) and gets himself into a variety of jams. A witty glossary and Pham's simple yet expressive line drawings perfectly complement this appealing story about the refreshingly original, endearing Alvin. (Fiction. 7-10)
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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2008:
“A witty glossary and Pham’s simple yet expressive line drawings perfectly complement this appealing story about the refreshingly original, endearing Alvin.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 7, 2008:
"Look's . . . intuitive grasp of children's emotions is rivaled only by her flair for comic exaggeration."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375849657
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/08/2008
Series:
Alvin Ho Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
713,909
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

What People are saying about this

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2008:
“A witty glossary and Pham’s simple yet expressive line drawings perfectly complement this appealing story about the refreshingly original, endearing Alvin.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 7, 2008:
"Look's . . . intuitive grasp of children's emotions is rivaled only by her flair for comic exaggeration."

Meet the Author

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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Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will get anybody exctied to read the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our son is 8 and a second grader who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome this year. He relates to Alvin and this character has become one of his favorites. He sees himself in many of the things that Alvin does. I'm not sure if the author wrote this book with the intention of making him something a child on the Autism Spectrum can relate to but the book does such a good job that I've suggested it to other parents. Our son devoured this book and is now asking to get all the others on our Nook so he can read more about Alvin and how he is coping with his anxiety and issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to read it to for a book club if you're reading this tell me what teacher you do it with maybe we go to the same school or are close by to each other
Julia Royal More than 1 year ago
I read this book because the cover was cute. And it turned out being the cutest book EVER he is so shy and overcomes his fears read this book rox!!!!!
1stgradeteach More than 1 year ago
Alvin Ho is a Chinese-American boy living in Concord, Massachusetts, who is terribly shy and quiet at school. No matter how hard he tries not even a peep will exit his mouth. There is one girl who understand him, his desk buddy, but she's a girl! To make up for all that shyness on weekends and holidays he is "Firecracker Man" His bouts of silence at school, and his allergy to girls, school and other scary things, make for some fun-filled adventures. They also help him come to terms with who he is. Along the way Alvin learns about Shakespeare, the American Revolution, and Chinese traditions. He also learns who is true friends are and that joining a gang doesn't make life any easier. As I read this book I could imagine a shy first or second grade boy reading it and sympathizing with all of Alvin's woes and worries. It's written in the voice of second grader, Alvin which makes it really easy to read. Overall I would rate this book right up there with Junie B. Jones,(which I consider I very enjoyable books for 1-2nd grade students to read as a first chapter book.) I would recommend it as a read aloud in second grade or individual read for a child who is reading at least on a second grade level or higher. Very enjoyable for boys to read. I can't go without saying something about the pen and ink illustrations. When I first saw the book I couldn't believe the publish date was 2008. The ink drawings reminded me of old cartoon commercials or magazine cartoon characters. They just lead to an old time feel but complimented the story so well due to their simplicity. The drawing also represented the characters emotions to a tee.
mtp25 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books for children my son and I ever read. I love the way the author includes a bit of biographical facts, historic facts and humor into the story. My son got a brief introduction to The American Revolutionary War, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Concord Massachusetts, true friendship, Chinese culture and other fun facts. We highly recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exited is a ugly farthead ''''''' word
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever wrote #7that person is inapropet i am 9am i dont want to know that so ya thanks for runing my day
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alvin is a character most people can relate to this is a great book read it twice its really good if you dont like school but yeah best in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So funny:-,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 thuw this book wich is ? done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ffffffffuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyy he is so scared
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is good and a great sunshine state book and all but... It doesn't deserve the fifth star.
Jim Norman More than 1 year ago
The best book by this auther! I love how Alven thinks all these crasy things about piano teacher! Great book so good! I love how Alven is taken on these crasy adenchers! Us the readers we only know what Alven thinking! It just pulls me in and want ro read more and more! You must read this book! :)
YellowPineapple More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dead line 1/10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the lightning theif or any GOOD book
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If I had any contacts I would recomend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved it it wad very funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is a good book. But i wanted more.
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