The Invisible Boy

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The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy

  • published by Knopf Publishing
  • Written By: Trudy Ludwig
  • Illustrated By: Patrice Barton
  • We recommend this book for
    ages 5 and up


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What It Is

Brian thinks he is invisible. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their groups, games or birthday parties. The illustrator graphically represents Brian's emotions and feelings of invisibility by featuring him in black-and-white, while the rest of the pictures are in color. When a new boy arrives in class, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. They team up on a school project and Brian finds a way to shine, and becomes more integrated into the class. And, his black-and-white persona yields to a brilliant color.

Why It’s Fun

At one time or another, many children feel they are invisible in the classroom. The Invisible Boy is a must-read for kids who are on the shy side. It's also a great book for helping more outgoing children understand what their shyer peers may experience. Discussion questions are featured in the back along with additional book suggestions for adults and kids.

Who It’s For

This book is a great tool for parents and teachers who are looking for related material appropriate for kindergarten and older.

What To Be Aware Of

Author Trudy Ludwig's work focuses extensively on helping children cope with and thrive in their social world. Among the organizations she works with are the International Bullying Prevention Association, The Ophelia Project, Hands & Words are Not for Hurting Project, and Putting Family First.


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