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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and…

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

by Lenore Look

Other authors: LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)

Series: Alvin Ho (2)

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I still like the old-fashioned feel of these stories, but the lack of consequences for bad behavior continues to be problematic. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
Outside of his home, family and frinds, Alvin is shy, quiet and fearful. When his father decides they will go camping, the terrifying idea encompasses all Alvin's fears: natural disasters, pit toilets, death, bear attacks. But with the help of Uncle Dennis' secret survival tips, little sister Anibelly's fearlessness, and a Batman ring, Alvin ends up enjoying the camping trip...more or less. A spirited romp all the way through as Alvin tackles the many challenges of his young life. I especially love LeUeyen Pham's illustrations; her kids are adorably stout and earnest! ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
***Listened to audiobook***

Recommended Ages: Gr. 1-4

Plot Summary: Alvin doesn't want to go camping. It seems way too scary. To make him feel better, his older brother buys a bunch of stuff on the internet with Dad's credit card. His cool uncle teaches him how to build traps. On the morning they are planning to leave, Alvin still hasn't packed. Alvin tries to get his sister to go instead, but instead, she's added on. Alvin, his dad, and his younger sister head out and quickly discover on their first hike that Dad forgot their bag of food at home. A scary alien starts walking towards them, but it turns out to be another kid and his dad. The kid is also wearing special goggles. They set up their tent and are grateful their neighbors gave them food. While Dad takes a nap, the kids set up traps to protect themselves. Will Alvin survive the camping trip? What will they catch in their trap?


Calvin - Alvin's older brother

Recurring Themes: fear, family, friendship, humor

Controversial Issues: none

Personal Thoughts: I LOVED this series. The narrator of the audiobook is a kid, and he does very, very well. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it just as much if I had read it on my own. There is a lot of character development and a decent amount of action. Highly recommended as a readaloud in a 3rd grade classroom.

Genre: Realistic fiction, humor

Characters: Very well developed

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  pigeonlover | Mar 4, 2014 |
Alvin is becoming a series. After you read the first book, you wonder if the second book will be any better. This was beyond charming. I loved the discussion about wills, and the road to camping was wonderful. The ending of the book is a hoot. I have no worries about reading future editions of Alvin's adventures. ( )
  seki | Nov 26, 2013 |
Alvin’s father wants to take him on a camping trip hoping to inspire the love of nature he discovered as a young boy, but Alvin, “being of a scaredy mind,” is not looking forward to their adventure in the great outdoors. The Chinese American protagonist wears his emotions on his sleeves, worries easily, is scared of many, many things, and is a loveable and relatable character for those who find themselves feeling anxious about everyday things. Both Alvin’s point of view and the illustrations together reflect the amusing and endearing perspective and emotion of a typical second grader. Readers will find themselves routing for Alvin as he finds his courage to face his fears. Brief chapters, occasional full page and smaller pen illustrations inset within the text, plenty of white space, and a glossary written by Alvin himself make this a perfect book for the young reader, ages 7-10, who is transitioning into chapter books. ( )
  alizastein | Oct 20, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375857052, Hardcover)

Here's the third book in the hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which is a Kirkus Reviews Best Continuing Series.

Alvin Ho back and his worst fear has come true: he has to go camping. What will he do exposed in the wilderness with bears and darkness and . . . pit toilets? Luckily, he’s got his night-vision goggles and water purifying tablets and super-duper heavy-duty flashlight to keep him safe. And he’s got his dad, too.

Lenore Look’s touching, drop-dead-funny chapter book about an Asian-American second grader—with illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham—is perfect for beginning and reluctant readers alike, and has tons of boy appeal.

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When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their home-town hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns that he can be brave despite his fear of everything.

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