"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 much help telling him the dangers of naming the baby, getting fat, and crying babies. In addition, Alvin is pushed into donating his life savings and his PDK (Personal Disaster Kit) to help those suffering from the earthquake in Haiti. Can Alvin learn how to deal with the coming baby? What if, horror of horrors, it's a girl?!
Alvin is a sweet boy who worries/stresses about pretty much everything on the planet, but who honestly wants to help others and do the right thing. And his family is always right there to back him up. His brother Calvin and his Rube Goldberg machines, Anibelly's kind words, and his mother's efforts to help him adjust to the coming baby all help give Alvin the support he needs to let go of some of his worries. The book is quite funny, Alvin is constantly misunderstanding what he is told by his teacher, his classmates and even his family. This book is a light fun read for early middle grade readers who may find themselves worrying about the world around them and the changes found there. Recommended." Heidi Grange said.
"We liked it because it was funny but we thought it should have a better ending. What happened to the robber? The pdk, etc." happymama said.
"The Alvin Ho books are some of the best children's books I read to my children. We all love Alvin, he comes from a loving family with good values, he's funny and his adventures are unique." Tracey Maree Smith said.
"I bought this book to donate to a school library. The Alvin Ho series is a big hit in this school and the books fly off the shelf. This book is no exception. Ms. Look has a way with words. Poor Alvin has a "pathetic" pregnancy while is mom is pregnant. Enjoyable book." Suzan Lawrence said.