05 Feb 2011 Leave a Comment
After several canceled flights, I’m finally back in snow-covered Brooklyn.
As I was going through the piled-up work on and around my Elementary/Middle School Library desk, I came across Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look, the first of a series with which I am already familiar. I had begun reading the novel before making it shelf-ready when it caught the attention of an eager reader–and the dedicated librarian in me won out (without a second’s hesitation) and the girl got the book.
Alvin is a second-grader living in Concord, Massachusetts, who is afraid of many things: trains, the dark, substitute teachers, and more. All these things frighten him so much that he finds it impossible to talk in school, even though he has no problem at home or anywhere else. Alvin’s efforts to fit in and find a friend are sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartwarming. With so many series around with girl main characters: Junie B. Jones, Mallory, and Ruby Lu by the name author, stories featuring a boy–especially one as delightful as Alvin Ho–are welcome indeed.
February is Library Lovers’ Month–share a library book with someone you love!