Alvin Ho is afraid of pretty much everything, and when he’s afraid, Alvin can’t speak. It’s hard to make friends at school when you can’t talk, but Alvin has a Personal Disaster Kit and a plan.
Not being able to talk in school is a terrible problem. But having a girl desk buddy is even worse; it is the kiss of death.
This first book in the Alvin Ho series is a promising start. Dressed as a familiar Kid vs. School story, Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things is quickly elevated by Alvin’s winsome charm, family relationships, and unique code of conduct. Alvin’s story has not just humor, but a big dose of heart as well.
Things would have improved between us on account of boys have more respect for one another after a good pounding. But Flea is not a boy. She is a girl. And girls are weird even if they wear a cool eye patch, drag a cool peg leg and know how to throw a mean uppercut.
I especially appreciated the depth of this story, which provides many takeaways and learning opportunities. Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things gently encourages healthy relationships, being courteous to friends and enemies alike, apologizing when mistakes are made, and turning to family in times of trouble.
⬢ ⬢ ⬢ THREE STARS
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