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Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

(Alvin Ho #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,434 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Alvin Ho does not think the great outdoors is great. It is super-duper scary. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Flash floods
2. Meteorites
3. Lots of creepy trees
4. Pit toilets!

Luckily, when his dad suggests--gulp!--a camping trip, Alvin is prepared. He has:

1. A portable generator
2. Night-vision goggles
3. Toilet paper
4. More toilet paper!

So grab your mosquito netting and your he
Hardcover, 170 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by Schwartz & Wade Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Alvin Ho gets a Houdini kit and ties himself up. Right when he thinks he is going to die his dad comes to save him. Bringing up camping Alvin Ho get himself having to go camping with his dad. His classmates find out and play camping at recess. The girls make their tent out of twigs but the boys are not so brilliant. the boys strip their clothes of and use it. The boys get caught in a tree and they have to get the fire truck to rescue him. Now Alvin is finding himself even more scared of camping. ...more
Fuad Al Fidah
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading the second one. I have to say, I liked it better than the first one. Although the over use of 'on account of' was somewhat of a mood killer for me, overall it was a very good read. I was unable to stop myself from laughing out loud on occasions.

On par with the wimpy kid series.
Laurie Mastrolia
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun book! Another one in the book club with my grandson! Alvin was a pretty funny character with lots of experiences.
Liz Hedgpeth
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
My 6 yr old and 8 yr old boys LOVED this. SUCH a fun book. They want to read it again and again. WONDERFUL. HIGHLY recommend.
Rick Silva
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The opening chapters felt a bit like a re-do of the early parts of the first book, this time with Alvin getting stuck in the basement after a mishap involving a "Houdini Escape Kit" that was a surprise gift from Alvin's Uncle Dennis. This does lead to an interesting dream sequence involving a young Henry David Thoreau, which then leads into the theme of the story: Alvin's fears about the outdoors, and an upcoming father/son camping trip.

Uncle Dennis is a fun addition to the cast, and his camping
Eva Mitnick
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
After a misadventure during which Alvin is strapped (voluntarily, mind you) into a homemade straitjacket and taped into a box, Alvin’s dad decides that he and Alvin need some special time alone. Unfortunately for the cowardly Alvin, his dad figures that a weekend spent camping and hiking would be just the ticket. Alvin, his confident big brother Calvin, and his peppy little Sister Anibelly have lots of fun preparing for this big event – and when the time comes to leave, Anibelly manages to cajol ...more
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the first Alvin Ho installment, and it's not necessary to read them in order it appreciate this hilarious short chapter book. This would make a great read for kids who are ready for chapter books, but still like the occasional illustration and not too much text on each page. Descriptions are quick but vivid, the family dynamics are realistic and entertaining, and Alvin approaches his fears in a way that elementary school kids should appreciate. This is also an example of a book th ...more
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ten Reasons why Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters gets 5 stars.

1. When you can relate to one of the main characters it makes the story more enjoyable to read; Alvin and I must have been separated at birth.

2. Alvin is scared of the following: heights, the dark, public speaking, school, bears, severe weather, peeing in the woods, spiders, camping, enclosed spaces, long words, and the proper use of punctuations*,,,,////,,,,,

3. Fathers who curse like Shakespeare.

4. I
Libby Ames
Alvin Ho is an endearing second grader who is afraid of everything, but very resourceful. His phobias speak to a young audience using humor to show that fears can be overcome. This book is the second in the series, but these books can be read in any order. The fun illustrations help keep preschoolers attention and the funny situations appeal to older readers and even parents. My entire family (ages 5-11) enjoyed this read aloud.

In Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disaster
Vanessa Hatcher
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Personally, I enjoyed this much more than the first. I'm not sure what it was that made it better, but I think the kids agree with me. Very fun to read together.
Cat Kwiatkowski
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute story, written for a 2nd to 3rd grade reading level. It is very relatable for kids on a family, school, friends, and adventures level.
You follow Alvin Ho as he attempts to camp out with his father and little sister. He makes new friends, learns some useful and some not so useful outdoors skills, and has an adventure worth reading over and over.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just as funny as the first one though I think this one reinforced gender roles more. I remember thinking the first book did a good job about communicating it is important to keep an open mind about other people and yourself.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2 Stars: TOOK ME LONG ENOUGH TO FINALLY READ THIS MY GOD. I checked it out, forgot that I did, start reading, never finished reading. It was cute and funny but nothing outstanding or earth-shattering. Just a cute funny laugh and break to the day.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Alvin's lists of fears keeps getting longer, but so does his list of adventures. Funny and endearing, it's nice to spend time with this family.
John "Lucky" Witter
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
read as a family
Miss Sarah
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Alvin, his sister and dad are headed out camping. Can a boy who is afraid of everything survive in the wilderness. nice character growth and quit funny. elementary and up
Renee Crook
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a fun read. It was definitely more fun to read aloud with my son. I am interested to read others in this series at some point
Maya Orama
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is story about a boy named Alvin that has a brother named Calvin and a little sister named Anibelly is 4 years old . Alvin lives in Concord Massachusetts but Alvin can not spell that because it is a long word to spell . But Alvin is afraid of many thing but the most thing he is afraid of is girls because he thinks they could hurt boy and girls could do the kiss of death . Alvin has a father and mother that takes good care of hime
. Alvin has a dog named Lucy who always sleep with hime on t
Amy Varchetti
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Alvin Ho series is so much fun! These early chapter books are full of humor and heart.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fiction book about a kid named Alvin Ho; this time he is going camping. He is always scared about everything but at the end he is fine and relaxed. I really like this series so much. I almost got all the Alvin Ho books! There is a chapter that has the steps to get your things ready and let me tell you it was kind of funny! I recommend this to all ages. The main idea is that he is scared of the outdoors but when he went camping he learned to like the great outdoors. My favorite par ...more
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, kids-fiction
I adore Alvin Ho.

After Alvin endures a nightmare about Henry David Thoreau (what could be scarier than going back 200 years to meet a dead author?), Alvin's dad decides to take him camping to develop his love for nature. Alvin is terrified, and his friends aren't much help. Scene on the school bus, kids listing all the merits of camping: You grow a beard and live like an animal...You either get hit by lightning, or you don't...If you can't start a fire, you could freeze to death...If you do sta
Mary Ann
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd, humor, 4th, fathers, families, boys, 2nd
Alvin is still getting into mischief and wriggling his way out of sticky situations in the second book in this series. While it didn't tickle me as much as the first in the series, it was a fun read. In the second chapter, Alvin receives a package at the front door.

"I ripped open the kit right there in the driveway. Inside, there were pencils, stickers, handcuffs, and handcuff key, a rope, a Houdini's Greatest Escapes DVD and a gold card.

'Alvin Ho GOLD MEMBER OF HOUDINI-IN-A-BOX do it yourself e
Jim Erekson
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy, kobo
I wanted to read the 2013 installment in this series, but this digital copy of the 2009 book was available at the library for my Kobo. I expect the series is consistent, so I'll go with this one for now.

The three best things about this book: 1. Look doesn't 'cure' Alvin of his phobias; 2. She never gets him and Calvin in trouble for ordering hundreds of dollars of camping equipment with the dad's credit card--instead using it as the punch line at dad's expense at the end of the book; 3. LeUyen
Calvin  Kwon
Jun 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book. Alvin Ho goes camping. The reason I put one star is because Alvin is scared of camping but Anabelley and Alvin made a trap and at night their dad walked out to check out the stars but when he wanted to sit under the tree, the trap went off and he was hanging upside down on a tree from his leg. That was not funny. And Alvin cut the rope and his dad fell right on his head upside down. Alvin is allergic to camping because he thinks there are aliens, UFOs, and he thought th ...more
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Alvin Ho! He is so hilarious. He is still scared of everything, and now he is scared of the dark, forests, and peeing in the dark as well, which is definitely not going to be to his advantage when his dad decides to take him camping with his sister Anibelly. His brother and sister try to prepare him by using dad's emergency credit card to buy some high-tech camping gear. Alvin tries to make lists and ask "What Would Henry Thoreau Do?" in this situation. We get to see more of hi ...more
Sandra Stiles
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grades
This was not one of my favorite books. I like books with a little more meat to them. This was a cute little story about a boy afraid of everything. His father decides to take him camping and his little sister tags along. There are problems galore to be solved in this book. I like things a little more realistic. Are there children out there afraid of things? Yes. I know of very few who are afraid of life the way that Alvin is. One of my middle schoolers picked this book up and read the first two ...more
Nov 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
I absolutely adored the first installment of Alvin Ho. This book is a good sequel, but I miss the spontaneity of the original.

I giggled throughout, but I wasn't compelled to read this in a single sitting. In fact, I misplaced my copy when I was heading to the reference desk and had to find it again on the sorting shelves. That definitely wouldn't have happened with the original Alvin Ho; I couldn't put it down until I was done.

I had hoped to see more of Flea in this book, but she was just an a
Mar 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Elementary school kids
Isabelle allowed me to read this book to her, and she liked it so much she wanted to go back and read Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. As a sequel, it felt like "more of the same", but it's a formula that works for me, so that's okay. (Although, the part when Alvin befriends a boy who is wearing the same night-vision goggles as he's wearing is a bit TOO reminiscent of Ruby Lu meeting her cousin for the first time and finding that they share the same love for reflectin ...more
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Personal Opinion: I really enjoyed Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping! This book was a shorter read, but it was very interesting. The author, Lenore Look, really did a good job with the character Alvin. He really made sure that Alvin had the characteristics that could crack a smile on anyone's face. I would recommend this book to any young readers that are ready for an adventure with Alvin and his big vocabulary!

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