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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ALVIN HO IS an Asian American second grader who 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,

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ALVIN HO IS an Asian American second grader who 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 the author of the ALA Notable Ruby Lu series comes a funny and touching chapter book—perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers— that introduces a truly unforgettable character.

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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:
9780375939143
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/08/2008
Series:
Alvin Ho Series, #1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Lenore Look is the author of the Ruby Lu chapter books, Ruby Lu, Brave and True and Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything. Both received starred reviews in School Library Journal and were named ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Books. She is also the author of several acclaimed picture books and lives in Randolph, New Jersey.

LeUyen Pham is the acclaimed author and illustrator of Big Sister, Little Sister and the illustrator of many titles, including Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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