The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy

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Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class.

When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource.

Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
ISBN: 9781582464503
9781582464510
Branch Call Number: J 155. 232 LUD
Characteristics: [36] p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Barton, Patrice 1955-- Illustrator

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BookEMonster
Jan 08, 2018

I love this wonderful story and the beautiful illustrations! And what a wonderfully heart-warming ending! Beautiful!

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chughesgreen
Jun 30, 2016

Story is great, illustrations are fabulous, and discussion questions are included at the end.

LydiatheLibrarian Apr 17, 2016

In his class, nobody notices Brian. Nobody picks him to be on their kickball team. He does not get invited to classmates' birthday parties. However, everything changes when a new boy joins the class. A sweet story about what can happen when you reach out to befriend another person. Colored pencil illustrations add to the gentle tone of the story. Questions in the back facilitate further classroom and family discussions about friendship, popularity & compassion. Ages 5-8

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Nobody ever seemed to notice Brian or bothered to ask him to play with them. When Justin joins his class and is paired up with Brian for a project, the two become close friends and Brian doesn’t feel so invisible anymore. Ages 0-6.

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muffinpopcorn
May 31, 2014

Very good book

forbesrachel Jan 18, 2014

Some kids just fade into the background, and in Brian's case this is more true than for most. He is quiet, shy, loves his imaginary worlds, and is never invited along.
For most of the story, Brian is shaded gray, compared to the very colourful appearances of the other children. That is until, one day, a new classmate arrives. From that point on, as the new boy encourages him, he becomes more involved, and his shades are replaced by new hues.

A soft chalk look keeps a very hard topic from becoming depressing, while also emphasizing the artistic ventures of the kids.

There are few books out there that discuss the child that is left out (especially separate from the issue of bullying). Yet few others are needed, when this one does so well to portray the boys loneliness, the cause, and the inclusive attitude that is needed to solve this. It only takes one kind and mindful friend, to give hope to the shy.

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