Thursday, October 16, 2014

Terrific Early Chapter Book

While I do have a lot of books to read (about 75 in my to be read pile) every once in a while I like to revisit a ongoing series to see how it is holding up.  I also realize that your kids aren't stagnant in their reading growth.  While early chapter books may have seemed like an unattainable goal a year ago, you may now be in the thick of them and need some recommendations fast!

So this week I am going back to a series that has been a favorite of mine.  There is always some risk that the later books won't hold up to their earlier promise, but with Alvin Ho I had nothing to fear.  Great stuff even six books in.

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Title: Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions

Author:Lenore Look

Target:Grade 2-4


What this book is about: 
In this sixth book in the series, Alvin is still afraid of everything.  As Alvin’s family embarks on a trip to China, they start with a 16 hour plane ride that is anything but smooth for the anxiety driven Alvin.  From plane toilets to turbulence, it is amazing they all get there in one piece.  Of course, the crowds and polluted air mean that Alvin sabotages almost every outing they go on, but somehow this family manages to get through.

Why I love this book: 
Look does a wonderful job of creating such a neurotic and sympathetic character in Alvin, that we can’t help but giggle at all his quirkiness.  Of course the best part are his exasperated parents who manage to hang on and create memorable moments for Alvin, despite everything.  I think that Alvin puts most kid’s fears in perspective.  They may be worried about some of the same things, but not ALL those things, giving them some confidence and understanding.  

Kids will also get introduced to a variety of famous landmarks in China as well as develop some cultural understanding. Not bad for an early chapter book.

Who this book is for: 
Good fit for kids who are already enjoying early chapter books.  Lots of great illustrations, but kids need to be more confident readers. 

Final thoughts: 
Lenore Look does it again with a funny and poignant book about a character I have grown to really enjoy.  Lets face it, Alvin makes me laugh.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, I can't wait to try this one out! Sounds fun!