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

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Alvin Ho has come face to face with many scary things in the past:

-School
-Camping
-Birthday parties
-Even dead bodies

But this time he only has one issue, and it's da bomb: his mom is having a baby!
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Random House (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mandy
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is the first book in the series that I read in print rather than listening to the audio version. I didn't realize how much I was missing- the illustrations made it even funnier! This one brings us back to Alvin's family and school adventures, with the focus being on Mrs. Ho's pregnancy. Alvin suffers from a "sympathetic pregnancy," which strikes fear into him and the rest of the 2nd grade class as well. Cute story, another fun Alvin Ho adventure.
Lorelie
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
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.
Katie F
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diverse
This book is hilarious and engaging. It is great for struggling readers and has a very similar feel to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This series follows Alvin Ho an Asian American student who has many fears. In this particular book, Alvin Ho is worried about his mom who is becoming bigger and bigger. As it turns out, she is pregnant and when Alvin begins to gain weight he is worried he may be pregnant as well. “‘Can guys have babies?’ Calvin stopped. ‘What does that have to do with catching t ...more
Sarahi
Apr 23, 2014 added it
Shelves: multicultural
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
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Becky
Nov 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Heidi
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
DyolF Dixon
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realism
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
Maggie
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Reluctant readers and their parents
Recommended to Maggie by: My son
I loved the book and so did my little reluctant reader. I almost had him this time. He took the book from me and started to read on his own. Then a moment later he gave it back. It is not that he can't read, it's that he chooses not to.

Unfortunately, like his father, and like Montgomery Scott a/k/a Scotty of Star Trek, my son would rather pick up a non-fiction book of his choosing and spend time with that. Hmm. That's not bad, is it?

But what of literature? I understand struggling to engage in
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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
Nicole G.
Alvin’s mom is having a baby. As if he doesn’t have enough to worry about already, like losing his Personal Disaster Kit and the burglars breaking into homes in the neighborhood. Alvin is suddenly wanting to eat everything in sight and his belly is growing almost overnight. Could he be pregnant, too?

Alvin is this generation’s Charlie Brown – a bit neurotic, yes, but still quite endearing. I laughed out loud more than a few times while reading this, especially when he mixes words up, as young ch
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Irene
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elementary school children
It's been about 5 years since my daughter and I last read Alvin Ho. Now that my son just finished 2nd grade - and has suddenly become more open-minded in regards to reading material! - I had a feeling he might enjoy reading about a Chinese boy in 2nd grade. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that since we last left Alvin, two more books have been published in the series! Hooray!

I picked up this book, and it was like those 5 years hadn't passed at all. Alvin is still in 2nd grade, and he's s
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Sps
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: elem, character
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
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Library Lady
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Tanja
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nancy
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Katie Fitzgerald
In his fifth book, Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night, Alvin Ho learns that his mother will soon have a baby. Soon after, he begins to experience signs of a sympathetic pregnancy, including weight gain. Alvin becomes convinced that he’s going to have a baby himself, a fact which terrifies him and many of his classmates. Also causing him anxiety are a string of local burglaries, the hockey team his mother makes him join, and the fact that his father is out of town.

I have a
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Clare Cannon
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 04-8yrs, favorites

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
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babyhippoface
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-fiction, humor
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
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Summer Hemphill
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
Lenore Look's, Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night is the 5th book in the Alvin Ho chapter book series.

This book chronicles the experiences of an Asian-American 2nd grader named Alvin Ho. Throughout the book, Look details Alvin's coping mechanisms as he deals with the reveal of his mothers pregnancy. the idea of bringing another life into the world turns Alvin's little life upside down and as readers, we are there every step of the way. In coping, Alvin does eve
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Paula
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jen
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
Heather
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Holland
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alvin's mother is very pregnant. Somehow Alvin managed to blank her pregnancy out, or not pay attention, or misunderstand the discussions. And, of course, he is alarmed.

When his mother comments that he has a sympathetic pregnancy Alvin mishears/misunderstands her and thinks she is saying he has a pathetic pregnancy, and believes that somehow he is pregnant too. Other misunderstandings lead half the boys in his class to think they are also pregnant.

Alvin's father is out of town on business when
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Sandy
Dec 09, 2012 added it
Shelves: abandoned
I really hated this. There is little-kid sexism about how girls are annoying/to be avoided, and "boys are guilty". Alvin doesn't like that his mom is pregnant with a girl child. Alvin has a sympathetic pregnancy; he seems to think that he's really pregnant, and no one seems to feel the need to correct him. I started reading these books because I have selective mutism and I found the portrayal to be very accurate, and I liked most of the earlier books. But the sexism in this one, and the strange ...more
Nicole
Feb 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Caroline
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-my-classroom
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.
Alyssa
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Ofilia
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
EOL Juv Staff
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.

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