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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375849305
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/12/2009
Series: Alvin Ho Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 41,958
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About 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

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."

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Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 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.
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Another great school story, about a 2nd grader, but written for a little higher reading level.
nnicolic on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Alvin Ho, a Chinese-American second-grader with a little 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. It's great 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. It's a unique little book.
shillson on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Alvin Ho is a Chinese American boy living in Concord, Massachusetts. He is a typical second grade boy, except that his shyness and fear of "girls, school and other scary things" cause him to suffer from mutism when he is at school. His parents don't seem to be too concerned about his mutism but they do send him to a therapist. He has a typical relationship with his overachieving older brother and rambunctious little sister. In other words, this his is a typical family/ school story. Besides Alvin's mutism, there is nothing original about this story. He gets into trouble for bringing his father's treasured toy in to school for show-and-tell. He faces a bully in school and the girl he can't seem to get away from becomes his friend in the end. All of these situations have been written about before. Yet, this book will probably appeal to children in grades 2-4, especially reluctant boy readers. The one thing I liked about this book was that while it was about a Chinese American boy there was little emphasis on this. It was a nice change to read about a "minority" child and not have it be all about being a minority and the challenges children face when they are not part of the majority. The names of the other children in this story suggest that the other students were of other nationalities as well but again this was not emphasized nor clarified. For children who are looking for a simple family/school story in which race is not made into a big deal, this is a good choice for them. While there are some funny parts and the illustrations throughout the story add to the humor the problems are too easily resolved and the characters are not well developed.
Tara22 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Alvin Ho is starting second grade, but Alvin does not speak in school. The only person who understands is a girl who wears an eye-patch (which is really neat if she weren't a girl). Alvin tries to be a gentleman like his dad, while trying to fit in a world full of scary things with his PDK firmly in hand. This was a cute, funny, story geared towards first and second graders. I really want to read the sequel and have it for my classroom.
anniecase on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Smart, charming, fun book about finding out who you are. The writing is very clever and entertaining and it breezes by. A much-welcome summer story.
burke73 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a great book that will get kids excited to make that leap from easy readers to a longer, more challenging early chapter book. The layout and design is very appealing and the story and characters are easy to relate to. I don't think I will use it as a read aloud with my class becasue there are so many pictures and graphics that you add to the reading experience... but I will add it to my class library! I am excited to read the other one!
PatsyAdams on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Suggested age/grade level: 2nd-4th gradersGenre: Realistic FictionThemes: Fears, Humor, and The importance of mannersThis book is about Alvin who is afraid of everything and cannot speak at school. He speaks while outside playing and even on the bus but as soon as he enters school, he cannot speak. He has many adventures with his phobias. He has to decide if a girl can be a friend. He sees a psychiatrist with whom he begins speaking with. This book was humorous and I would use this book with students just entering the transitional phase of reading. I believe that the students will like the humor and keep reading. The character names were also great, loved the name Anibelly.
ragingaddgirl on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The first thing you should know is about this book is that it is really funny.This book is good for:Independent readersBoysGirlsGrown-upsKidsBig BrothersLittle SistersBest FriendsSquishing bugs*Shakespeare FansThe second thing you should know about this book is that although it is really funny, it isn¿t only about funny things (like wasabi, the green stuff you eat with sushi that explodes inside your nose and makes you cry). In fact, it really is about the not so funny things, like family and what having a real friend means. This book is really about how Alvin Ho found out he had a really awesome friend who was a girl, even though girls are pretty scary.The third thing you should know about this book is there are a few words you might not know, check the back. There is a pretty good glossary so you don¿t have to bring a dictionary everywhere.The fourth thing you need to know about this book is there are some cool drawings in it. The illustrations work along with the story, and sometimes replace the actual text, so you need to pay attention.The fifth thing you need to know about this book is that when you are done with it, you will want to go get the second one, so plan ahead.The sixth thing you will need to know about this book is if you only read it one time, you missed something. There is a lot packed into this book. While younger kids can read it and find it fun while older kids will also appreciate the nuances in the story.*Refers to the hardcover version. Trust me. It was an icky bug.
frood42 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Alvin Ho is afraid of many things and is completely incapable of speaking while at school, which makes it difficult for him to make the friends he desperately wants. While learning how to make friends, and being instructed by his father how to be a gentleman, Alvin has a number of exciting misadventures, including catching the chicken pox, a show-and-tell disaster, and accidentally shouting Shakespearean insults at his therapist. The story is narrated by Alvin, from his entertaining second-grade perspective (he mentions the cemetery, where people's names and phone numbers are put on the headstones) and reflects his fondness for lists, admiration for his parents, and strong aversion to school. The book has a lot of fun playing with language, for instance, the leaves on trees applaud when the wind goes through them, and Alvin is terrified of his psychotherapist because of a misinterpretation of 'psycho' (he thinks she's a crazy person). There is additionally a strong sense of place, the setting of Concord Massachusetts is very influential-- the students learn about Thoreau in class and play games based on the Revolutionary War. The illustrations are cute and expressive, some are full page, while others decorate the margins. Alvin may take fears and anxieties to the extreme but his attempts to find friendship will be an experience recognized by many elementary school children.