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.
About the Author
Lenore Look is the author of "Ruby Lu, Brave and True, " an ALA Notable Book; "Love As Strong As Ginger, " illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson; and "Henry's First-Moon Birthday, " illustrated by Yumi Heo. She lives in Randolph, New Jersey.
LEUYEN PHAM worked in animation before turning to children's books. She wrote and illustrated "Big Sister, Little Sister" and is the illustrator of numerous other picture books. Ms. Pham lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband.
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."