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Lenore Look is the author of the popular Alvin Ho series, as well as the Ruby Lu series. She has also written several acclaimed picture books, including Henry's First-Moon Birthday, Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding, and Brush of the Gods. Lenore lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of the Alvin Ho series, as well as The Best Birthday Party Ever by Jennifer LaRue Huget; Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, a New York Times bestseller; and the Freckleface Strawberry series by Julianne Moore. She is the author and illustrator of the picture books Big Sister, Little Sister and All the Things I Love About You. LeUyen lives in San Francisco. Learn more at leuyenpham.com. From the Hardcover edition.
Gr 2-4-Second-grader Alvin Ho is determined to make friends, even though he is afraid of any number of things and can't talk-at all-in school. Episodic chapters feature events at home, at school, and in his Concord, MA, neighborhood. Everyday adventures include being left stranded by his siblings during stretching exercises that leave him upside down in a tree, being sent alone to the scary piano teacher's house, and deciding whether or not to hang out with the classroom bully. Although Look resists providing a tidy ending, readers will be sure that Alvin is on the right road when he surprises even himself by suddenly speaking to his psychotherapist. And they won't have to understand the Shakespearean curses that come out of his mouth to know that this time he has a good reason to be afraid. Whether they are fearful or brave, kids will smile at Alvin's scrapes and empathize with his concerns. Aspects of his Chinese-American background are seamlessly integrated into the story and add richness. The book is chock-full of well-placed illustrations. Martin Bridge, make room for Alvin Ho.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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." From the Hardcover edition.