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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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: 9780375939143
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Series: Alvin Ho Series , #1
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lenore Look

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Alvin the greatest book

    This book will get anybody exctied to read the next book

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2011

    Great book

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2011

    This book is to cute

    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!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Same here

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    I <3 THIS SERIES

    Im not done with the first one yet and I wouldnt know about the series if I didnt sign up for my school bookclub.
    If you read the first book and is wondering what is kimchi...
    It is a korean spicy cabbage........
    HE IS ASIAN!!!!!!!!!
    ....I am 2 : )

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Anymonous

    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

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    alvin ho

    So funny:-,

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Raft

    I am 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 thuw this book wich is ? done

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Alvin Ho: Great book for the shy kid!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    Great book!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Dumb

    Awsome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    To review numbeer To review number 14

    Exited is a ugly farthead ''''''' word

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    #7

    Whoever wrote #7that person is inapropet i am 9am i dont want to know that so ya thanks for runing my day

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Funny

    Ffffffffuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyy he is so scared

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1,000,000,000,000% #1

    Alvin Ho has a brother called Calvin and a sister called Anibelly.
    He has a interesting life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Great Book

    It is good and a great sunshine state book and all but... It doesn't deserve the fifth star.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    A must read book!

    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! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

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    It's funny!

    Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Such a great book!!!

    If I had any contacts I would recomend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    funny funny funny

    i loved it it wad very funny

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