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The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible Boy

by Trudy Ludwig

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I really enjoyed this story for many different reasons. The main idea of the story is the importance of including others. An example of why it is important to include others happens near the beginning of the book. Brian, the main character of the story, is always left out of everything. The students don’t necessarily do this on purpose but it does seem like he isn’t even there. Because of the pictures, we can see that this makes Brian very sad and blue. This showed the effects that leaving a person out could have on someone. An example of the benefits of inclusion happened when a new kid comes to school. The new kid notices Brian and asks him to be partners in a group project. From that moment on Brian starts to become colored and feel invited. Throughout the rest of the story the other kids in his class start to notice Brian and his incredible art skill. This showed how including someone can drastically effect how they feel. ( )
  bfried10 | Sep 30, 2014 |
In the children's book "The Invisible Boy', we see a family who is getting ready to go to school. The mother and the son play off one another quite well and what is most interesting is that it is the illustrations themselves that help portray that. For the majority of the book the young boy is painted in blue,black, and gray water color which is in sharp contrast to the very colorful atmosphere of the landscapes and other people. When the boy's confidence begins to grow, so does his color. He begins to lose his dreary pallor and gains more colors. This is reflected back in the mother about halfway through the story. When she is about to let er son enter the classroom, she becomes and bit worried and subsequently becomes the watercolor blue/black/gray. Another way that the author helps portray the emotions of the characters is the height to which they are drawn. The more scared the boy is, the smaller he is compared to everyone else. This is a very helpful technique and a relatable one as well. For the intended audience (younger children), often draw or create artwork in a similar fashion. For younger children, when asked to draw themselves or others, the size they draw them is often dependent on how they see themselves or how they see others. Thus, the artistic style is one that, while children may not know it, is quite similar to their own if not the same. The story itself, a young child's first day of school, is a story that is relatable and something that, if you're currently in school, probably something that every person has felt before. I was much more impressed with this book's artistic style although I felt as though the story was a bit lacking (as relatable as it was). While not my favorite childrens book, it is definitely one I would want in my future classroom. ( )
  MattM50 | Sep 29, 2014 |
I really liked this book. The illustrations throughout the book were extremely strong and moving. In the beginning of the book Brian is drawn in all while with pencil because he is "invisible" while all of the other characters are in color. Throughout the book as Brian begins to make friends, he starts to gain more and more color in his body. In the end of the story Brian is happy and gleaming with color. I also really liked the characters within the book. Brian makes friends with the new kid at school named Justin. Justin goes out of his way to include Brian at the lunch table and in small groups in class. This character was extremely realistic and believable he also had a very big heart, which many young children do. The main idea of this book is to give a window into the life of someone who is bullied, and pushes the reader to see that small things like including someone at lunch can change their whole day around and add "color" to their life. ( )
  carolinetownsend | Sep 29, 2014 |
This book is about a boy named Brian, that nobody notices not even the teacher. The illustrations in this book are very effective because Brian is white to show he is "invisible" and the other children are full of color. Brian is constantly left out and forgotten in activities like kickball, lunch, and birthday parties. Brian loves to draw and is always drawing alone. In the middle of a book a new boy, Justin comes to school and at first the class makes fun of him. Brian leaves the new boy a note and they start to talk and become friends. Justin starts to become popular with the other classmates but he does not forget about Brian and is still nice to him. He includes Brian and the other students also start to notice him. "Maybe, just maybe Brian's not so invisible anymore."

I really liked this book because it showed a different type of bullying that is just as hurtful. The other students weren't always name calling or physically bullying Brian but they completely ignored him and left him out. This book opens up the view of other types of bullying that can still really hurt a person's feelings. The language in the book is descriptive and clear. The story flows and is engaging throughout. The characters are definitely believable, realistic, and easy to relate to. I liked the plot of the story because it was organized and went in an order that made sense and was easy to follow. The big idea of this book was bullying. ( )
  smeyer8 | Sep 29, 2014 |
“The Invisible Boy” by author Trudy Ludwig is a special book for two reasons. First of all, the illustrations by Patrice Barton amplify the story and make it so visual to the reader. For example, the little boy Brian is drawn without much color at all when the story begins, and this represents how he feels invisible and unnoticed. However, when Justin starts to talk to him, Brian begins to be drawn with some color to his cheeks, and eventually a green shirt. Secondly, this is a story that is sensitive to multiculturalism in a classroom, and many characters are depicted as being from different backgrounds. For example, the teacher Mrs. Carlotti is Asian-American, Emilio is Latino, and Justin is from Korea, and even brings Korean food for lunch one day. This is a nice feature because it is more representative of how a typical classroom looks today.
I felt that the broad message of the story was that all it takes is one person, one friend to change a person’s perspective. Justin was nice to Brian, and he was really the propelling factor into Brian feeling accepted and included and noticed. Bullying can take all forms, and being ignored is one type. It’s important to remember this, and also that any one person can help! ( )
  ElizabethHaaser | Sep 29, 2014 |
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Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.

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