Book Review of The Invisible Boy
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The Invisible Boy
Written by Trudy Ludwig
Illustrated by Patrice Barton
Ages 5+ | 40 Pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-1582464503
What to Expect: Kindness, Inclusivity, Friendship, and School
Being invisible sounds like an incredible superpower! But what if you didn’t choose to be invisible? What if you wanted to be noticed? What if you wanted to be included in games or invited to a birthday party?
Brian is a quiet boy who always feels invisible and left out. When a new boy, Justin, comes to school, Brian is the first to welcome him to the class. The pair work together on a class project, and Justin helps Brian feel included in the classroom. The top-notch illustrations on every page beautifully show Brian’s experience and feelings as he morphs from invisible, coming into his full range of colors. Brian blossoms thanks to a simple act of kindness.
Have you ever felt like Brian? Do you know anyone like Brian? Reading The Invisible Boy is a great reminder of how easy it is to help another person feel special. The simplest gestures can make someone feel included and empowered. It turns out that being invisible isn’t so great. Unless, perhaps, you have an invisibility cloak—but that’s a whole different story. Check out The Invisible Boy to step into a world where the power of kindness is unmeasurable!
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About the Author
TRUDY LUDWIG is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children’s books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world, including My Secret Bully and Confessions of a Former Bully. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the US for her passion and compassion in addressing peer aggression and friendship issues.
An active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association, Trudy also collaborates with organizations like the Committee for Children and ConnectSafely.org and has served as content advisor for Sesame Street Workshop. Trudy’s books have won the Mom’s Choice Gold Award, the IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, and the NAPPA Gold Medal, and they have also been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People.
Visit her at trudyludwig.com.
About the Illustrator
PATRICE BARTON earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas in Austin, where she lives with her husband and son. Her books include Sweet Moon Baby, written by Karen Henry Clark; Mine! by Shutta Crum; I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman and Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche—all available from Knopf.
What to Read Next If You Love The Invisible Boy
- Brave Every Day, by Trudy Ludwig
- My Secret Bully, by Trudy Ludwig
- One, by Kathryn Otoshi
- Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners, by Laurie Keller
- Bully, by Patricia Palacco
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