Synopses & Reviews
It's tough being the new kid at Carver Elementary. Gavin had lots of friends at his old school, but the kidsand#160;here don't even know that he's pretty good at skateboarding, or how awesome he is at soccer.and#160;And when hisand#160;classmate Richard comes over and the boys end upand#160;in trouble, not only does Gavin risk losing his one new friend, he has to take care ofand#160;his great aunt Myrtle's horrible little dog as punishment.
and#160;and#160;and#160;To make matters worse, Gavin seems to have attracted the attention of the school bully.and#160;Will he be able toand#160;avoid getting poundedand#160;at the skate park?and#160;And how is heand#160;ever going to prove he's cooland#160;withand#160;a yappy little Pomeranian wearing a pink bow at his side?
"Alvin Ho, a Chinese-American second-grader with 'so-so performance anxiety disorder,' is afraid of just about everything: elevators, tunnels, kimchi, wasabi. But one thing is especially frightening: 'I have never spoken a word in school,' Alvin says, and he's mystified, 'since I come from a long line of farmer-warriors who haven't had a scaredy bone in their bodies since 714 AD.' By the end of the story, his fears are pretty much intact but he's found a friend, made progress on his 'How to Be a Gentleman' list and learned that joining a 'gang' is for the birds. Look's (the Ruby Lu series) intuitive grasp of children's emotions is rivaled only by her flair for comic exaggeration, as in Alvin's description of his elderly piano teacher: 'She bent like a question mark... and looked exactly like her pictures in The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Deluxe Edition.' It's perfection that Alvin's friend turns out to be his once-despised desk buddy, Flea, a one-eyed girl with one leg longer than the other, 'like a peg leg'; she prides herself on her understanding of him, and he enthusiastically thinks her eyepatch and legs make her look like a pirate. Ahoy! Ages 6 10. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A witty glossary and Pham's simple yet expressive line drawings perfectly complement this appealing story about the refreshingly original, endearing Alvin." Kirkus Reviews
"Pham's thickly brushed artwork matches the quirky characterizations stroke for stroke." Booklist
"Like the author's Ruby Lu chapter books...this one acknowledges kids' troubles while lightening them in a funny yet respectful way." Horn Book Magazine
"Aspects of his Chinese-American background are seamlessly integrated into the story and add richness. The book is chock-full of well-placed illustrations. Martin Bridge, make room for Alvin Ho." School Library Journal
"English returns to Carver Elementary, the setting of her Nikka and Deja books, in this strong kickoff to her Carver Chronicles series. Freeman's upbeat spot illustrations and English's accessible storytelling target the book to emerging independent readers."and#160;
"Black-and-white spot illustrations break up the text and make this an accessible book for emerging chapter-book readers."
"Chapter book readers have few options if they want to read about urban boys of color; here's hoping for more about Gavin and his friends."
and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine
Alvin Ho is an Asian American second grader who is afraid of everything
elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He's so afraid of school that, while he's there, he never, ever,
says a word. But at home he's a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad.
From the author of the ALA Notable Ruby Lu series comes a funny and touching chapter book perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers that introduces a truly unforgettable character.
ALVIN HO IS an Asian American second grader who is afraid of everything
—elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. Hes so afraid of school that, while hes there, he never, ever,
says a word. But at home hes a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad.
From the author of the ALA Notable Ruby Lu series comes a funny and touching chapter book—perfect for both beginning and reluctant readers— that introduces a truly unforgettable character.
From the creators of the acclaimed Nikki and Deja stories, the first book in a charming and funny new series featuring the boys of Carver Elementary, a lost dog, a thieving bully, an annoying big sister, and skateboarding.
About the Author
Here's the first 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 both beginning and reluctant readers.
Alvin, an Asian American second grader, is afraid of everything—elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’ s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad.
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