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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things (2008)

by Lenore Look

Series: Alvin Ho (1)

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Alvin Ho is a kid I would like to know. Alvin is full of insecurities, but he finds a true friend in the end. I love the Shakespeare cursing. It makes me want to read more Shakespeare so I can do it too. If I feel this way maybe kids will as well. ( )
  mosbor | Sep 20, 2014 |
***Listened to audiobook***

Loved it! See notes in other Alvin Ho book.
  pigeonlover | Mar 4, 2014 |
Alvin is a very shy child at school. He has trouble talking in class and to his peers when in school. He creates a box that he calls his PDK which is full of things that will help him get through his days at school.
  tina265 | Feb 26, 2014 |
In this first book in the series, Alvin is a Chinese American second grader who has a lot of fears, especially related to school. He finds himself unable to speak in school, though he is quite talkative and inquisitive at home. He splits his time between navigating the perils of school and recess and getting himself into sticky situations. Over the course of the book, Alvin learns that while he might not fit in with everyone, he has many people in his life that look out for him.

There are a lot of good things going for this book. It is nice to see a chapter book about an average kid who just happens to be Asian American to supplement books where multiculturalism is a central theme. The inclusion of Alvin’s therapy without it being a focus could be a good way to reduce the stigma that people may have toward mental healthcare. The book is also very funny, especially the glossary in the back that provides both real definitions and ones personalized by Alvin. Occasionally the voice seems to be too mature for the second grade protagonist, but it is still an enjoyable book for elementary schoolers. ( )
  molbhall | Dec 11, 2013 |
Alvin Ho is in second grade and is afraid of everything, I mean everything. In fact he’s so afraid of school, he doesn’t speak a word while he’s there. His fears often find him in curious situations, like the time he brought his Dad’s coolest game to show and tell without asking or when he yelled shakespearean curses at the girl next door. In this early chapter book, the narrative is told from Alvin’s perspective. Alvin’s authentic reactions and captivating narrative voice makes the reader understand what it feels like to be afraid of everything. Drawn illustrations are included on many of the pages that depict the world as Alvin sees it. Despite Alvin’s collection of fears, he is a normal second grade boy who just happens to be Chinese American. A glossary is included in the back of the book that define Chinese words used in the text such as gungung and yehyeh, meaning paternal and maternal grandfather. English words and names are also included such as Beethoven and bratwurst. This book is strongly recommended for purchase in a school or public library. (Ages 7-11) ( )
  alyssakimpisarski | Dec 4, 2013 |
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This book belongs to Sam Fisher, who inspired it. -L.L.
To all the little Year of the Pigs born last year, including two of my favorites: my nephew, Dylan, and, of course, my own little Leo. -L.P.
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The first thing you should know about me is that my name is Alvin Ho.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375849300, Paperback)

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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A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

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