Discussion Questions: Warning! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens! Why do you think Alvin is afraid of school? Alvin likes to pretend he is the superhero Firecracker Man. If you could make up a superhero character, who would you be? What would your costume look like? Are you afraid of some things? What would you put in your PDK - Personal Disaster Kit - to help you surive the things that scare you? Alvin takes his father's Johnny Astro toy to school without asking, because he hopes it will make him more popular. Does his plan work? At first Alvin is excited when it seems like Pinky wants him to join his gang. But then he discovers there's some problems with joining a gang. What are they? Would you join the gang? Flea made a book called The Book of Alvin. Why did she make it, and what did she put in her book? Alvin made a list of “Ways to be a Gentleman”. Why did his father tell him he needed to be a gentleman? How does Alvin try to make friends with Pinky? Is this how you should really become a friend to someone? . Alvin eventually becomes friends with Flea. Why do you think he was finally able to become her friend and not be afraid of girls anymore?