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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things Paperback – May 12, 2009
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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 ›
This book was easy to read. The main characters were well written and relatable. This book had a lot going for it.
Except, there was no plot! This is not a story. It is a series of things happening to the main character, Alvin Ho. There are no stakes, there are no goals there is nothing. This could easily have been a kids diary. I don't mean a well written, meticulously crafted fictional diary put together to please a reader. I mean the dumb kid who loves down the block from you, that kids diary. Seriously, I love my kids, but their diaries would not make an entertaining read.
If your kid hates plot, then I guess this is the book for them. As for the rest of you, take my advice and give this one a pass.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this to screen it's appropriateness for a gift. It is definitely appropriate for any child. It is surprisingly funny. I laughed & even posted some of the lines to F.B. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Please Note: Posting on behalf of 5yo reader!
"The main character, Alvin Ho, is really scared of things that aren't even scary at all! Read more
I chose this rating because this book is totally AMAZING!!!!! I would recommend this book to my best friend Brandon because he likes these kind of books.Published 2 months ago by CHRISTOPHER M KOLDE
My 9 year old son at first didn't like it but once he got into it he love itPublished 4 months 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 7 months ago by hotbookgeek