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Alvin Ho : allergic to birthday parties, science projects, and other man-made catastrophes


1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, ©2010.
Physical Description:
186 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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When second-grader Alvin Ho is invited to a birthday party given by a girl, his fear of everything causes him to dread going.
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J Look, L.

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"Here's the third hilarious chapter book in the series about Alvin Ho, a boy who's afraid of everything. For example, what could possibly be so scary about a birthday party? Let Alvin explain: ou might be dressed for bowling . . . but everyone else is dressed for swimming. ou could get mistaken for the pinata. ou could eat too much cake. ou could throw up. o when Alvin receives an invitation to a party a girl's party how will he ever survive? Lenore Look's touching, drop-dead-funny book about an Asian American second grader with pictures by New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham has tons of boy appeal and is great for reluctant readers. The previous books in the series, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things and Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters, have received rave reviews. Alvin's a winner, declares the New York Post, and Newsday says, The novel . . . shares with Diary of a Wimpy Kid the humor that stems from the hero's Herculean efforts to manipulate the world around him in his favor, without all the facts at his disposal. Perfect for beginning and reluctant readers alike, Alvin Ho perfectly captures t

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 2

Horn Book Review

In this third book Alvin continues to be terrified of everything, including the "creepy" dead authors in his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, who, though dead, stubbornly continue to give house tours. Readers will have double the fun, as Alvin meets two such history re-enactors (Emerson and Alcott) on a field trip; is invited to two same-day-and-time birthday parties; and finds himself dressed in girls' clothing not once but twice. In addition, two ordinary scenes from real life make rare children's-book appearances: someone is actually seen smoking a cigarette (Louisa May Alcott -- who knew?); and Alvin and the gang, blithely unconcerned with political correctness, enthusiastically play settlers and Indians. Thankfully, neither event results in a moral; this is fiction, not fable. The story's only life lesson comes from Alvin himself, when he accepts a last-minute invite to classmate Hobson's party and decides to skip Flea's birthday tea party; en route, he feels that something isn't right, and, all on his own, realizes that he can't let Flea down. Speeding along like a hyperactive kid, Look's story doesn't give even reluctant readers a chance to lose interest; like Alvin fervently wishing for a "deluxe Indian Chief outfit with fringe...complete with bow and arrow and the huge feather headdress that makes you look like a giant bird," readers will be wishing for more about Alvin. jennifer m. brabander (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Back for a third adventure, anxious Alvin Ho faces such terrifying scenarios as a class visit to the houses of famous deceased authors in his Concord, Mass., hometown and negotiating the particulars of being invited to a girl's birthday party, even as he yearns to be invited to the shindig of another (male) classmate. As in the first two in the series, illustrator Pham's expressively appealing ink drawings add life, and Alvin proves an engaging narrator, whose imagination runs wild to hilarious effect. His likable, funny siblings and caring, if at times exasperated, parents are also along for the ride. Troubling in this volume, however, is that at the coveted boys' birthday party, everyone is dressing up as Indians and settlers, and Alvin figures his ticket is a "deluxe Indian Chief outfit." Although there is a brief note in the always-creative glossary regarding the colonization of Native peoples' land during King Philip's War, there is no textual mitigation of a running joke that seems anachronistic at best--readers may well be left feeling uncomfortable with the stereotype. (Fiction. 7-10)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.