Featured books by Lenore Look

Alvin Ho Allergic to Babies, Burglars, & Other Bumps in the Night

Alvin Ho Allergic to Babies, Burglars, & Other Bumps in the Night

By: Lenore Look
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Alvin Ho, a fearful but appealing boy, has a new set of worries. His mom is going to have a baby — and Alvin has all of the symptoms! To add to his worries, his dad is away helping earthquake victims in Haiti. The happy resolution includes the arrival of Alvin's new baby sister and his dad is return home.

Alvin Ho Collection: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Alvin Ho Collection: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

By: Lenore Look
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Although 2nd grader Alvin Ho admires superheroes, he is quite unlike them. In fact, he is afraid of everything! Alvin's disarming character is perfectly voiced in this two-book collection.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters (Book 2)

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters (Book 2)

By: Lenore Look
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

The timid 2nd grader is back, this time fearful of an upcoming camping trip with his father. Alvin's siblings try to help him but actually create a different sort of disaster. Readers will enjoy laughing along with these memorable characters.

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

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

By: Lenore Look
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Alvin Ho is back, and this time the young worrier is traveling to China with his family. Not only does Alvin worry, but his actions create worry for his dad and others. Readers, on the other hand, will find lots of humor and just may learn a bit about China, its greatest attractions and some Chinese history.

Brush of the Gods

Brush of the Gods

By: Lenore Look
Illustrated by: Meilo So
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Biography, Historical Fiction

Inspired by an actual artist, Wu Daozi's brush created images that seemed to come alive. Travel to ancient China to meet Daozi as he grows from a boy into a muralist for the Emperor. When the mural is finished, legend says that Daozi walks into the paradise he painted. Brief text combines with brush and watercolor illustrations for a memorable look at a legendary Chinese painter.

Henry's First-Moon Birthday

Henry's First-Moon Birthday

By: Lenore Look
Illustrated by: Yumi Heo
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Product Description: Jenny's baby brother Henry is having his one-month birthday — his first-moon, as it's called in Chinese. And even though Jenny's sure he doesn't deserve it (all Henry does is sleep, eat, and cry) there's a big celebration planned for him. Together, Jenny and her grandma get everything ready, from dyeing eggs a lucky red to preparing pigs' feet and ginger soup. And someday, when Henry's old enough to appreciate all her hard work, Jenny will tell him how lucky he was to have her in charge.

Henry's First Moon Birthday

Henry’s First Moon Birthday

By: Lenore Look
Illustrated by: Yumi Heo
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Jen helps her Chinese-American family get ready for the traditional celebration of her brother Henry’s one-month birthday. Lively, stylized illustrations move the story at a quick pace to its satisfying conclusion.

Polka Dot Penguin Pottery

Polka Dot Penguin Pottery

By: Lenore Look
Illustrated by: Yumi Heo
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Aspen Colorado Kim Chee Lee finds a cure for her writer's block in a unique pottery class. Child-like illustrations and text are presented in calendar-like orientation.

Ruby Lu, Brave & True

Ruby Lu, Brave & True

By: Lenore Look
Illustrated by: Anne Wilsdorf
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Eight-year old Ruby experiences life with a contagious joie de vivre. However, she really hates Chinese school and worries about the new cousin from China along with other easily recognizable concerns in this episodic, engaging novel. Ruby's life continues in the equally engaging Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything (2006).

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

By: Lenore Look
Illustrated by: Anne Wilsdorf
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Ruby Lu is an exuberant second grader who takes her responsibility to help her cousin transition from China to his new school in America. Unfortunately, it lands both children in summer school where Ruby remains daunted by a long book. The humor lies in the ordinary of a likeable, effusive child who just happens to be Chinese American.

Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding

Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding

By: Lenore Look
Illustrated by: Yumi Heo
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Jenny's favorite uncle, Uncle Peter, is getting married. Now Jenny won't be his only "special girl" any longer; she'll have to share him with Stella! But Peter's bride is as happy to have a new niece as she is beautiful and wins Jenny over. Child-like illustrations reflect the traditions and warmth of this Chinese American family.

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