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.
Published: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781582464503
Branch Call Number: E LUD
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,27 cm
Additional Contributors: Barton, Patrice 1955- ,- Illustrator


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jcljessicaj Nov 20, 2019

Brian feels invisible at school because he doesn't have anyone to play with, and he doesn't get invited to participate in activities. The illustrations beautifully show how he's feeling by lack of color. I love how his illustration slowly starts changing as he makes a friend. A powerful story that shows how we can be kind to those around us.

JCLBetM Oct 30, 2019

A brilliant depiction of feeling outside and unseen, the illustrations are stellar and tell the story even more exquisitely than the words. Great for those who know the feelings of being outsiders themselves or for "insiders" to learn what others experience.

Aug 31, 2019

'The Invisible Boy' will make every parents heart soar. All children experience the sadness of being overlooked at sometime in their young lives. 'The Invisible Boy' will give them hope, encouragement and the quiet grace to face it. Hopefully those doing the overlooking will learn a bit of something about how it feels to be left out.

I love the way the soft, gentle illustrations show how 'The Invisible Boy' blossoms with friends and inclusion. Just, wow.

5 stars for a beautiful story.

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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