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The Invisible Boy

by Trudy Ludwig

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Brian, the invisible boy, goes every unnoticed sine he is invisible. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their groups, games, or birthday parties. However, a new kid comes to class, and his name is Justin. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome, because he doesnt want Brian to feel invisible. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds many ways to shine.
  mbrandel | May 3, 2016 |
This is a contemporary realistic fiction picture book. This book is about a boy, Brian, in class who feels invisible - his teacher doesn't notice him and neither do his classmates. We see how no one picks Brian to play kickball, that Brian wasn't invited to one of his classmate's birthday party, and that Brian spends most of his time drawing and creating stories. One day, a new kid named Justin comes to class. Brian reaches out to Justin and a friendship begins. For a project, Brian wants to work with Justin, but someone else already chose Justin to work with. Justin says that they can work in a group of three. The project brings the three students together and they all become friends. Justin doesn't feel so invisible anymore. This is a good contemporary realistic fiction book because it deals with the reality of not feeling noticed by your peers, or being overlooked by your teacher. This book could be a good one for critical literacy - talking about how Justin feels and how the rest of the class or the teacher could be better at including everyone, and the reasons why they hadn't. I would read this book in my class and talk about being inclusive and friendly to make sure that everyone in the class feels noticed and important. The illustrations in this book are pencil sketches that are painted digitally.
  jessicayambra | Apr 15, 2016 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows how Brian, the invisible boy, is unseen by everyone in his classroom including his teacher. Despite feeling this way, Brain finds the time and love to encourage the new student, Justin, who is made fun of. The illustrations in the book send home the message of how Brain feels, as everybody is in color while he is drawn in black and white. Even though he is in black and white, his own pictures are in color as that is when he feels most alive. I like this book because of the different perspectives it gives. This book shows many ways that Brian is overlooked, whether it's a loud student, or a needy one. It also shows how students can shun others because of their shyness or differences, such as with Justin. As a student who was very shy growing up, I can relate to how Brian feels and how happy he is when Justin returns the kindness and friendship. I loved how Brian's skill and love of drawing are finally realized by others in the class after Justin includes him in his group. The big message of this book is that everybody has something different to bring to the table, but they should always be included. ( )
  ccalla8 | Mar 21, 2016 |
Brian feels invisible at school because nobody ever seems to notice or talk to him, then a new boy comes to school, they do a project together and Brian starts to feel better.
Age: 4-6 Source: Amazon
  Chey_b0112 | Mar 20, 2016 |
I really liked this book because of a few different reasons. The illustrations were my favorite part about this book. It made the storyline easier to understand and shows the symbolic elements in the story. The boy is drawn in black and white and the rest of the book is in color, this makes it easier to understand the main issue in the story of the "invisible boy." The illustrations made it easier to see the emotions in this story. The main lesson in this book is to always make sure to include and be nice to everything. It is an important lesson for children to learn at a young age, because this could help serious problems in the future for children. This book gives the students an idea of what it feels like to be left out and hopefully they understand that it is the wrong thing to do. I really like how this book shows the reality that some children may face. Just like Brian many kids eat alone at lunch and are bullied. Many kids aren’t first pick during an outside game, and feel very unwanted, and unimportant just like Brian did. No matter what every student is different, but should always be treated the same; this book is a great for students to read in all grade levels to be reminded of this lesson. ( )
  tkoret1 | Feb 22, 2016 |
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Thank you, Brad, for always including me in your world.--T.J.L.
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Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.

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