Ruby Lu, Star of the Show by Lenore Look, illustrated by Stef Choi

Hooray! Terry Hong over at the Smithsonian’s BookDragon blog has given my latest Ruby Lu book lots of love. Many thanks, Terry!!!


Ruby Lu Star of the ShowIf Lenore Look‘s East Coast leading man, the delightfully frank Alvin Ho, admits to being afraid of just about everything, his West Coast counterpart, wondergirl Ruby Lu, lets little slow her down. Regardless of their opposite fear factors, both of Look’s bicoastal protagonists are multicultural heroes with close family ties to China; extended relatives keep the cultural connections immediate, even as both Alvin and Ruby navigate their everyday, thoroughly American lives.

In the third installment starring our heroine of 20th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington, Ruby enjoys her first day of third grade, even with a few glitches. As grand as her class and teacher turn out to be, she’s most looking forward to starting dog obedience school with her pooch Elvis. When she triumphantly returns home that afternoon, she finds her father already there – because he’s lost his job. Ruby knows this is bad news from experience: her friend Ally’s mom…

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Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters (Book 2), Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-Made Catastrophes (Book 3), Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances (Book 4), Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night (Book 5) by Lenore Look, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Many thanks to the Smithsonian BookDragon for giving my Alvin books a plug! Hooray!!!


Alvin Ho 2-4

As part of appreciating the versatile art of LeUyen Pham – who with her hubby Alex Puvilland imbued Friday’s post, Templar, with such swashbuckling energy – I thought I should keep a good thing going by adding a few more Pham-tabulously illustrated titles this bright new Monday. [Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind channeling some of that swashbuckling energy myself, ahem!]

Welcome back to Concord, Massachusetts, the literary birthplace for many – including darling Alvin Ho, introduced in Book 1: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things. In spite of … or because of … the many challenges this brave young man faces – most especially he seems unable to speak out loud in school, not to mention being afraid of just about everything – Alvin is one imaginative hero. Armed with his PDK (Personal Disaster Kit), and well supported (whether he wants back-up or not!) by his family (little sister…

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