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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things Hardcover – July 8, 2008
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Henry David Thoreau is Alvin's personal hero and we have discussed Thoreau at first because of his strong pro environmental stance in the 1800's. During the week of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, I read from King's autobiography where he credits Thoreau's essay on "Civil Disobedience," for inspiring his method of passive resistance during the Civil Rights Movement.
The students are so taken with the book that they have been to the school library to find out when it was published, one child has already read the sequel--imagine a 7 year old reading a 166 page chapter book! They want to know when the next Alvin Ho book is coming out and have suggested the author create a Christmas special for TV and call it, "Alvin--Ho, ho, ho."
What do you do with a kid who doesn't talk in school? Well, if you are that kid and your name is Alvin Ho then there are a number of things you can do. You can prepare for the second grade a PDK (or Personal Disaster Kit) in the event of an emergency. You can ask your older brother how to make friends, only not with that weird girl with the cool eye patch. You can visit a therapist to try to talk out your fears (but only if you talk). But Alvin's got more on his mind than whether or not he's able to say something in class.Read more ›
To help him survive, Alvin carries a PDK - a Personal Disaster Kit - which is full of equipment. The most important part of the PDK, though, are the emergency plans, which include plans for meeting your teacher, getting through show-and-tell, and how to make friends.
Alvin spends the start of his second grade year trying to survive, figuring out ways to get out of school, and learning how to make friends, all with humorous and sometimes disastrous results.
Perfect for readers making the jump to chapter books, this is a fun, laugh-out-loud read. Author Lenore Look and Illustrator LeUyen Pham make a great team. The illustrations add to the emotion of the story and help bring Alvin to life.
If you're looking for a younger version of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, look no further than ALVIN HO: ALLERGIC TO GIRLS, SCHOOL, AND OTHER SCARY THINGS. A great read for all ages, I hope there's more to come about Alvin Ho!
Reviewed by: Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen
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My 9 year old son at first didn't like it but once he got into it he love itPublished 29 days ago by jeffrey davies
A darling, daring leading man. Can't wait to read this book with my students! As a boy who doesn't say much, he has a lot to teach us.Published 3 months ago by hotbookgeek
This book is amazing and so cool and funny. Alvin made great friends and he's so good in school. I liked this book a lot. (8 years old boy)Published 5 months ago by Teshia Birts
I liked how it ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. It was almost the first Alvin Ho book I read, but I also thought it was the best. 9 year old RMMPublished 8 months ago by David Mednicoff