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
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2008:
“A witty glossary and Pham’s simple yet expressive line drawings perfectly complement this appealing story about the refreshingly original, endearing Alvin.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 7, 2008:
"Look's . . . intuitive grasp of children's emotions is rivaled only by her flair for comic exaggeration."
WINNER 2008 - National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award
WINNER 2008 - Kirkus Reviews Best Childrens Books
NOMINEE 2011 - Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
WINNER 2010 - Rhode Island Children's Book Award
NOMINEE 2011 - California Young Reader Medal
NOMINEE 2010 - Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
NOMINEE 2010 - Indiana Young Hoosier Award
NOMINEE 2009 - Texas Bluebonnet Master List
WINNER 2011 - Virginia Young Readers Program Award
NOMINEE 2012 - Washington Sasquatch Reading Program
WINNER - Virginia Young Readers Program Award
WINNER - Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
WINNER - Chicago Public Librarys Best of the Best books
NOMINEE - Rhode Island Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
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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