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Alvin Ho : allergic to babies, burglars, and other bumps in the night



1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, ©2013.
Physical Description:
183 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series title(s):
Number in series:
When fearful seven-year-old Alvin Ho learns that his mother is expecting a baby, he develops a sympathetic pregnancy--adding to his worry about the burglar who is targeting Concord, Massachusetts.
Reading Level:
Ages 6-10.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 3.6 3.0 157891.
Added Author:


Call Number
J Look, L.

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Here is the fifth book in the beloved and hilarious Alvin Ho chapter book series, which has been compared to Diary of a Wimpy Kid and is perfect for beginning and reluctant readers.

Alvin, an Asian American second grader who's afraid of everything , has started to notice his mother getting bigger . . . and bigger. Alvin's sure it's all the mochi cakes she's been eating, but it turns out she's pregnant! There are lots of scary things about babies, as everybody knows. There's learning CPR for the newborn and changing diapers (no way). But the scariest thing of all is the fact that the baby could be a GIRL. As a result of the stress, Alvin puts on a few pounds and--in one hilarious misunderstanding--worries that he might actually be pregnant, too!

From Lenore Look and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham comes a drop-dead-funny and touching series with a truly unforgettable character.

"Shares with Diary of a Wimpy Kid the humor that stems from trying to manipulate the world." -- Newsday

"Alvin's a winner." -- New York Post

Author Notes

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 leuyenpham.com.

Reviews 3

Horn Book Review

In this fifth book featuring seven-year-old Alvin Ho and his wide-ranging fears (school, camping, birthday parties, etc.), his current anxieties include two that will resonate with lots of kids: burglars (there's been a rash of break-ins in town) and babies (his mom is expecting one). As always, though, there's one fear that only Alvin could come up with: he thinks he's pregnant, too. When he's too tired to get up for school, his mom (who doesn't know he's been on burglar alert all night), says, "Maybe you have a sympathetic pregnancy!" After that, Alvin is certain he's "simply pathetic pregnant," and soon the rest of the boys in class are convinced they're also having babies. (After all, their mothers have said they have "baby fat" -- words that suddenly have new, and seemingly obvious, meaning.) As usual, Pham's illustrations capture both the highs and the lows, from Alvin examining his profile in the mirror to his classmate tearfully giving a report on orphans in Haiti to Alvin's family gathered around the new baby. Fans of Alvin have nothing to fear -- he's sure to come up with more worries for future hilarious installments. jennifer m. brabander (c) Copyright 2013. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Alvin Ho's lovable, quirky family is due to increase by one in this fifth installment of the warmly funny series, which again features vibrant, playful black-and-white illustrations by Pham. Though his mom assures a dubious Alvin that she told him months ago about her pregnancy, his new sibling's imminent arrival introduces a whole new set of worries for nerve-wracked Alvin. Paramount among them is his misunderstanding that the "simply pathetic" (read: sympathetic) pregnancy his mother suggests he's experiencing will result in him actually giving birth. Described in short, dialogue-driven chapters and in keeping with the enjoyably over-the-top tone that has come to define the ongoing story, Alvin's anxiety (which includes an inability to speak at school) creates a host of situational comedies that the adults in his life must help him resolve. Alvin's father's absence due to a business trip is notable in this latest, and it results in Alvin's leaning more heavily on his older brother, Calvin, whose current interest in Rube Goldberg devices makes for some predictably hilarious solutions to problems. The ending glossary, also a fixture of the series, offers creative definitions of terms as diverse as dim sum and nor'easter. Alvin's excitable, first-person narration, replete with his realistic attempts to make sense of what he doesn't understand, will again infect readers with its goofiness. (Fiction. 7-10)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

In the previous installment (Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances, 2011), Alvin conquered death. This time he must contend with new life. Mrs. Ho is expecting and Alvin is caught off guard. What's worse, he seems to be suffering a sympathic pregnancy: he eats all the time, his Firecracker Man costume fits snuggly across his belly, he is often low on energy, and it appears the condition is contagious to other boys in his class. To be fair, they only binge eat ice cream, because eating frequently is the best way to have a well nourished baby. In addition to baby drama, Alvin must also help protect the family from a rash of burglaries in Concord (his beloved but scary hometown) while his father is away on business, take hockey lessons, and help earthquake victims in Haiti. Look and Pham again provide a lively reading experience, depicting Alvin and his continued anxiety issues in a relatable, sympathetic, and humorous way.--Jones, Courtney Copyright 2010 Booklist