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Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
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Apr 06, 2009

bookshelves: juvenile, humor, illustrations, older-elementary

Alvin Ho: Allergic to girls, school, and other scary things by Lenore Look

How many second graders carry a Personal Disaster Kit? I can think of one: Alvin Ho. Here is his Personal Disaster Kit (show page 8-9 spread). Some highlights: a three-leaf clover, garlic, and a scary mask.

As you can guess, Alvin’s kind of scared of everything, and he’s allergic to girls. But he makes an exception for his best friend, Flea. She wears an eye patch over one eye and one of her legs is longer than the other, like a peg leg. She might as well be a pirate.

Alvin’s also fond of his little sister and older brother. They all live with their parents in Concord, Massachusetts, where the American Revolutionary War started. His family is from a long line of Chinese farmer-warriors, but apparently the courage trait skipped just him.

Within these pages, you can follow Alvin’s adventures with chicken pox, piano lessons, and his baseball (you know, the kind that’s autographed and kept in a special plastic case). And it’s illustrated.

Need additional images: scan of pages 8-9
Grades 2-4
Humor, Illustrations

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