Alvin Ho Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters (2009) by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
There is something so irresistible about Alvin Ho and Lenore Look’s snappy descriptions of Asian American family life. I’m so happy that there’s basically an Alvin Ho book for every season. What’s even better? All the Alvin Ho books are easy readers.
Here’s some of her sparkling prose. It’s the morning of Alvin and his dad’s camping trip:
My dad is a great packer-upper. He packed Louise, his wasabi-green car, in no time. It is one of his talents.
But it is not one of mine. I wasn’t packed at all.
"Son," said my dad. Usually, I like it when he calls me that. But this was not usual. It was the scariest morning of my life!
"It’s time to go," said my dad.
I couldn’t move. I couldn’t speak. I was a wonton in a wrapper.