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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night (Alvin Ho #5)

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Here is the fifth 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 beginning and reluctant readers.

Alvin, an Asian American second grader who's afraid of everything, has started to notice his mother getting bigger . . . and bigger. Alvin's sure it's all the mochi cakes she's been eating, but
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 1st 2013)
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Picture book #3 Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and other Bumps in the Night

1. In this book, Alvin, an Asian boy in second grade, finds out that his mother is pregnant and he finds out he is also “simply pathetic pregnant”. Throughout the story he and his classmates and older brother look up information on being pregnant and one of his classmates even makes him a “PDK” or a Pregnancy Disaster Kit to help him survive his pregnancy. At home, Alvin eats Chinese food with his brother and you
Goofy and cozy, with a warmly accepting family that reminded me a little of the family in Wonder. I'd recommend the series to fans of Junie B. Jones, Stink Moody, or Grace Lin's Pacey series.

When Alvin is given a Pregnancy Disaster Kit by his friend, he's freaked out by the directions:
1. Wrap it in the blanket.
2. Use hand sanitizer.
3. Use powder on the butt.
4. Put the butt on the diaper.
5. Eat cheese 'n crackers (but see #2 first)
6. Play Mozart cd.
7. Don't panic.
8. Be a good daddy!

I ignored her
DyolF Dixon
Allergic to Babies, Buglers, and Other Bumps in the Night by Alvin Ho is a humorous story about a boy of Asian descent. The book tells the story of a boy who has sympathetic pregnancy because his mother is pregnant. He picks up weight, his stomach gets bigger, and he really thinks he is going to have a baby. One of the things he is allergic to is babies, and he does not want a new baby and especially a girl baby. His mother has a baby girl. He thinks there is a good chance the baby he will be ha ...more
Library Lady
I had the great pleasure of meeting Lenore Look in 2012 and hosting her for an author's visit at my library. She was a true delight and I loved hearing her story of how Alvin came to be. What I find particularly amusing and possibly ironic about this book is that I had just had a my son in 2011 and she was in the process of coming up with the outline for this book when she came to visit. So maybe I put babies in her head? Who knows? This was definitely one of the best in the series and I dearly ...more
I am a big Alvin Ho fan - and after this book even more than ever. He is such a great character and Lenore Look does a wonderful job bringing him to life, making him feel so genuine, so real, that I am now at the point that I think I must have met Alvin for real! I guess I also have such a soft spot for Alvin because I am a big worrier myself, have been a scared kid and grown into a scared adult... Some of us just are like this. Great to see us represented in literature ;) I of course also loved ...more
Alvin Ho is amazing! He is so funny! This fifth book is hilarious as he really thinks he might have a baby too! I will highly recommend this to my kids at school.
Funny story about a young boy who suffers from a sympathetic pregnancy alongside his own very pregnant mom. It was cute seeing how his young classmates took his condition in stride (and misunderstood various elements). I adored the illustrations - very expressive. There's definitely an audience for this series. I was also happy to see an ethnic family presented in a non-dramatic way - there were hints that Alvin was from an Asian family, but the author didn't slap you in the face with the fact t ...more
The Styling Librarian
Alvin Ho Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham – 1st grade and up! How fantastic was this Alvin Ho? I really do believe Lenore Look outdoes herself with every new Alvin Ho book she writes! I’ve been obsessed with Rube Goldberg for quite a while… what do you know? Lenore incorporated his creations into her story, in the most fitting way! Sympathetic pregnancy? Why yes, Alvin suddenly thinks he’s pregnant as well as his mom… Accidenta ...more
Getting a new sibling is a pretty common theme in children's literature. Undoubtedly because for many children it is a big deal. But I doubt many books with that theme are as funny as this one. Alvin is stunned when his mother informs him that she is pregnant and will be having a baby. Alvin freaks out big time (not unusual for him). And he is even more shocked when he is informed that he is 'sympathetically pregnant' or 'simply pathetic pregnant' as he puts it. And his friends really aren't muc ...more
Clare Cannon

Pick this up if you're looking for a good laugh; Alvin's humour just keeps getting better! Alvin is surprised by the news that his mother is expecting another baby, and Alvin doesn't take surprises well. When he complains of feeling heavy and unwell, his mother tells him he must have a sympathetic pregnancy, which Alvin translates as a 'simply pathetic pregnancy'. He tells his friend Flea, and before long not only do all his other friends know about it, they start feeling sympathetically pregna
As with Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances, this book left me feeling disappointed. I liked how Lenore Look dealt with Alvin's mother's pregnancy and his sympathetic (aka "simply pathetic") pregnancy. What I did not like was the fact that not only did the robber steal the donations the kids had raised for the victims of the Haitian earthquake, but he was never caught and the donations weren't restored! Title alliteration and dramatic effects aside, I was r ...more
Alvin's anxiety is at an all-time high. The news that his mother is pregnant comes as a complete surprise to him. Of course, Alvin becomes "simply pathetic pregnant” and starts putting on weight, reasonably sure he too will have a baby. The stress continues to mount: losing his life savings at school (albeit for a good cause), the menace of a neighborhood thief, being forced to play hockey against his will. But all ends relatively well when Alvin is introduced to his new baby sister (of course, ...more
With each book in the series, I find myself liking the series less. In this fifth book in the series, Alvin Ho is dealing with something tragic: the pregnancy of his mother. I had never thought of Alvin Ho as being particularly stupid and/or hard of hearing, yet, when the book opens with his mother nearly nine months pregnant and him acting as if the news is brand new, I lost respect for Alvin. It is not as if this would be his first younger sibling. If that was the only slight issue I had with ...more
Oh, no. Alvin Ho's mother is pregnant. Another baby? That's bad enough, but what if this one is a GIRL?? It's just about more than Alvin can bear. Then things get even worse: Alvin starts feeling sick, and he overhears someone say he is having a sympathy pregnancy. WHAT?!? He's simply pathetic pregnant??

And there you have the basis of the fifth book in this funny, sweet series. Alvin spends most of his time worrying about what in the world he's going to do when his mom's new baby comes, and all
Alvin Ho is up to his typical scaredy-cat antics, this time worried about the new baby about to join his family and even more worried about his own growing belly.

Note: I'm the type of reader who usually hates reading books out of order, but I read this book--the fifth in the series--without reading Book 4. And I feel fine. :) Each book could stand alone and be read and understood without reading the others. Keep that in mind when recommending to other readers.
Emmet O'Neal Library- Children's Department
Alvin returns for a bout with his latest foes: a sympathetic pregnancy (which mostly involves him eating a whole lot while his mom's pregnant), a burglar in Concord (who steals his life savings from his class's PDK), and hockey (for which he is the goalie because he fills up the whole goal).

Alvin devotees will be satisfied with his latest "allergies" and antics.

This may be my favorite Alvin Ho book to date! Alvin, afraid of everything,faces the biggest challenge of all-his mom is pregnant! And somehow, Alvin was 'unaware' of this fact and the information is too much for him. He develops a "simply pathetic" pregnancy (sympathetic pregnancy) and thanks to his informative older brother and friends he truly believes himself to be pregnant.

All of this on top of the fact that his dad is out of town, there's a burglar plaguing the neighborhood, and Alvin acc
Alvin Ho is back and is as quirky as ever. He thinks his mother is just putting on weight from eating too much. But it turns out that she is having a baby. Alvie is not too sure this is a good thing. With babies come so much responsibility. And what if the baby is a girl?? Now Alvin is really worried. In fact, Alvin starts imagining he is having the baby and starts to have all sorts of feelings. Adding to his worries is the news that a burglar has been spotted in the neighborhood. But Alvin has ...more
Lenore Look's Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night is a delightful, funny, and overall entertaining read. As a Chinese American I especially enjoy the names and family terms used. The illustrations add to the playfulness of the book yet express Alvin's feelings of anxiety, hurt and worry very well. I will always look to read another book in the series for there are few I have found of which I can personally identify with as a Chinese American.
Wooden Horse
Now I have to read the first book in this series. I like reading them out of order whenever possible to see if they can be sold that way. It's totally different from what I expected. Interesting and silly at times. I can't decide if I would be willing to recommend this particular title. I was hoping for the burglar issue to be resolved along with the PDK. I really liked reading Alvin's glossary of terms at the end.
Lenore Look has truly created a classic character in Alvin. He is going to be the Ramona of this generation. His mom is expecting a baby and Alvin is freaking out as usual. This installment is hysterical, clever and totally irresistible. Plus you get the charm and humor of LeUyen Pham's illustrations. It's a perfect package!
Read  Ribbet
The latest in Lenore Look's series. This accessible and acceptable volume supported with pictures by LeUyen Pham focuses on a family preparing for a new baby. Alvins "allergies" set up funny situations including what appears to be a sypathetic pregnancy.
Reviewed for the Emmet O'Neal Library Children's Department. Click here to access the children's portion of the review.
Dawn Rutherford
I love this series, for a good silly read with endearing characters and sneaky learning. This wasn't my favorite,but it was very pleasant with many laugh out loud moments.
Ann Schwarz
Got to be one of the most hilarious Alvin Ho adventures yet.
Cute and funny. Great read-aloud. Good book for kids expecting a sibling--gives it a humorous touch and positive ending.
Still like the first ones best. A few random funny lines but ... egads. Alvin. I'm starting to feel bad for the little guy.
Another great laugh!

*spoiler alert

I still want to know if the burglar is ever caught! Maybe in another book???
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