The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy

Book - 2013
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Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781582464503
Branch Call Number: E LUDWIG
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Barton, Patrice 1955-


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A boy feels invisible at school. An excellent book for anyone who has felt left out.

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ArapahoeLauren Oct 10, 2017

All kids are different. Some are outgoing and some are quiet. This book celebrates those differences, while teaching the importance of welcoming all types of kids to play and participate. The illustrations are also beautiful and reflect the main character's way of dealing with being left out and ... Read More »

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Jan 08, 2018

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

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.

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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