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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0385386001
LANGUAGE:English

" 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! " said.

" 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. " said.

" 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. " said.

" 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. " said.

"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 that the book focuses on an ethnic family/kid." said.

"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 plot, led me to put the book down and not finish it. " said.

"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 there are a string of burglaries in the area. Alvin and Calvin set up a Rube Goldberg-inspired trap to catch a burglar breaking into their home.
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"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 accidentally donated his whole life savings on account that he couldn't leave his money at home for the burglar!

Summary: When fearful seven-year-old Alvin Ho learns that his mother is expecting a baby, he develops a sympathetic pregnancy--adding to his worry about the burglar who is targeting Concord, Massachusetts.
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