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Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 1, 2012:
“Alvin proves the ideal companion to walk a child through the valley of the shadow… Alvin just keeps getting better and better.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2011:
"A fresh entry in what is overall an exceedingly enjoyable series; readers will cheer this latest."




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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 leuyenpham.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: Alvin Ho (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307976955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307976956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lenore Look began making picture books in kindergarten, and it took her the next thirty years to get it right. Her first book was finally published in 1999, followed by more picture books and two chapter book series. On good days, she's a regular writing machine. On bad days, she goes shopping. Her Alvin Ho series has turned her into a Red Sox fan (see photo), and a wearer of Sox paraphernalia (see photo), and a collector of Fenway Park trivia (see same photo). Her Ruby Lu series is set in Seattle, where she grew up, and makes her long for foggy mornings and slugs on the sidewalks. She currently lives in New Jersey.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on October 13, 2011
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In many books, the more the reader connects to the main character(s), the more they are likely to appreciate the book. At least that is true in my experience, but not always. Sometimes the author makes the character so real that you can sympathize even without having similar experiences. Alvin Ho is one such character. His fears and good intentions make him a very sympathetic character, even if one does not have numerous fears as does Alvin. In this fourth book especially, it is easy to relate to Alvin. Losing a loved one is difficult for anyone, adult or child. Alvin's fears make him especially susceptible to superstitions about death. Even though the book deals with death, it does so in a sensitive way without losing the trademark humor that make these books enjoyable to read.

Some of the most humorous parts involve misconceptions about death and funerals that Alvin and his friends have. For example, when Alvin finds out that his GungGung's friend has died, he tells his sister, "When you die, you're dead...Then you go to heaven on the bus." Later, a friend tells him a wake (viewing) is "when you sit around and wait for the dead person to wake." This reminds of how easy it is to get wrong ideas, that is one reason for getting an education. Adults are not however, immune to 'wrong ideas,' they can be found everywhere. In addition, Alvin's situation becomes radically worse when his teacher and others at school assume the funeral Alvin is going to is his GungGung's and he doesn't correct it. This reminds me of my own tendency to make situations worse for myself without meaning to.

In the end, it is Alvin's weaknesses that make him such an easy character to relate to and when he succeeds at something, however small, the reader cheers for him. This series is perfect for young readers who must face their own fears every day. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan on October 15, 2011
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I've read another Alvin Ho book, and loved it. I remembered Alvin Ho's humor and quirky dark side, both of which are present here, but this novel felt a lot deeper to me. Perhaps because the subject matter is more serious, the tone followed.

Alvin's GungGung's (grandfather's) best friend Charlie has died. Feeling sorry for him, Alvin tells GungGung that he'll go to the funeral with him -- but then he immediately regrets that decision when he starts thinking about how scary funerals are. He's never even been to a funeral, but he finds out more than he wants to know about them from his school friends. And in the process of him discussing the upcoming funeral with his friends, they misunderstand and think that it's actually his grandfather who has died.

This little mixup definitely provides the comic relief to the novel, going as far as a memorial at school hosted by the other grandparent library volunteers!

Confronting this issue has 7-year-old Alvin thinking about death. Not just Charlie, who was his friend too, but especially with the mixup, he worries about GungGung's death. I think that the death of an old person who is not directly related to the child is a very healthy way to explore it -- both for the fictitious Alvin and the child reading it.

I enjoyed seeing this more thoughtful side of this 2nd grader. It felt slightly less neurotic, because kids will definitely relate to it, which made it a more real and less quirky story -- which worked for me just as well as the others.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Senecal VINE VOICE on September 22, 2011
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I'm new to the Alvin Ho books. Alvin is a second-grader living in Concord, MA. Each Alvin Ho book describes Alvin's learning about or dealing with some situation that scares him or he doesn't like. This book tells of how Alvin learns about death, and how people deal with it. The death of his grandfather's close friend starts the whole process. Alvin starts to worry about other people such as his father or grandfather dying. He also worries about the funeral.

During the course of the story Alvin learns a lot about death-related things, such as the importance of friendship in providing comfort, how and why we have funerals/memorial services, and how death is an expected and planned-for part of life. Everything is told with humor, with a second-grader's understanding (and sometimes misunderstanding). I think this would be an appropriate book for a youngster to read if they wonder about death or have a situation where someone they know has died. While this certainly isn't a how-to book, it'll certainly open opportunities for more discussion.

My sons, aged 7 and 10 really enjoyed it.

At the back of the book is a glossary of words that the reader key not be familiar with. Like everything else in the book the words and definitions are chosen and written from the understanding of Alvin. For example: "cremate-I didn't ask. I didn't want to know. But it sounds like it has something to do with turning you into cream."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on March 23, 2012
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My daughter recently finished all of the Ivy & Bean series but hadn't found a new character to love. Alvin Ho is totally working for her. After this one we talked a lot about some serious illnesses in the family. Encountering it through Alvin's experiences made her more inclined to discuss her own fears. The book reminded me a little bit of Beezus & Ramona. (Both of my kids rejected Beverly Cleary's works.) Kids want books written in their own voice, with contemporary situations they can identify with. I think Alvin Ho really hits that nicely - giving kids a light story that has deeper emotional undercurrents. The only thing the girls complained about was the glossary. It's nicely done, cute definitions in the voice of the main character but as one daughter put it "I was just enjoying this book to read, you know, fun reading not school reading, and now I have to learn things?" Oh, the horror.
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