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The Invisible Boy by [Ludwig, Trudy]
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Length: 40 pages Word Wise: Enabled Age Level: 6 - 9
Grade Level: 1 - 4
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K-Gr 2–Brian feels invisible. His teacher hardly notices him, the other kids never invite him to play, and he eats lunch alone. But he loves to draw, so at recess, he creates comics about greedy pirates, battling space aliens, and superheroes with the power to make friends everywhere. One day, a new boy, Justin, joins the class. The other children make fun of him for eating Bulgogi, a Korean dish, but Brian slips him a friendly note. When it is time to find partners for a class project, Justin asks Brian to join him and another boy. Brian's artistic talents come in handy, and finally he is no longer invisible. This is a simple yet heartfelt story about a boy who has been excluded for no apparent reason but finds a way to cope and eventually gains acceptance. Barton's scribbly illustrations look like something Brian may have made. Pencil sketches painted digitally are set against lots of white space, and sometimes atop a background of Brian's drawings on lined notebook paper. At the start of this picture book, Brian is shown in shades of gray while the rest of the world is in color, a visual reminder of his isolation. Color starts to creep in as he is noticed by Justin. Once he becomes part of the group, he is revealed in full color. The thought-provoking story includes questions for discussion and suggested reading lists for adults and children in the back matter. Pair this highly recommended book with Jacqueline Woodson's Each Kindness (Penguin, 2012) for units on friendship or feelings.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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For the first half of Ludwig’s picture book, a lonesome-looking boy appears rendered in gray and white. Even the teacher has no time for “invisible” Brian, as she is busy dealing with the noisy children in her class. Brian, with his big glasses and toothy smile, gets his hopes dashed when he isn’t picked for the kickball team. He finds solace in his drawings, where fire-breathing dragons scale tall buildings and superheroes have the power to make friends. When new student Justin arrives, Brian befriends him when the others don’t, and they become buddies and even add a third boy to become a trio. Now visible in glorious color, Brian and his new friends present a project to their newly appreciative classmates. The joyful last pages show Brian with the children playing happily in real and imaginary activities. Brian’s childlike drawings, done in ink and collage, are spot-on in representing the way children depict their imaginary world and their very real feelings. “Questions for Discussion” in the back matter provide guidelines for teachers and parents. Preschool-Grade 2. --Lolly Gepson

Product Details

  • File Size: 30456 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CCPIKTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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We just received this book today and were excited because we have really enjoyed the other works by this author. Of course when a new book comes into the house it needs to be read immediately, at least that is what our kids think. Upon finishing the book I asked my six year old son what he thought to which he replied "very neat book I like it a lot it teaches people to be nice." He also said "this is why my teacher said we should all be friends.....so nobody is invisible." With empathy declining in our children this is a great book to read and discuss as a family. Has your child ever felt like the invisible boy? Do they know of an 'invisible boy' in their school? Great questions this book raises to name just a few. Highly recommended, buy two and donate one to your school!
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Trudy Ludwig has given us the gift of another empathic, poignant book for children that addresses the complex topic of peer relationships. Unlike most children's books on bullying, which tend to feature a targeted child who is verbally taunted or physically attacked, Ludwig focuses on another form of bullying: aggresive exclusion.

We meet Brian, a kind, gentle boy who is completely ignored by his peers. Time and again, he remains hopeful that he will be part of the group, yet his peers treat him as if he were invisible. What I love about this book is that there is absolutely no victim-blaming in it. We see how randomly a child can become a target. The Invisible Boy is brilliant because it does not resolve the issue be making Brian change his behavior; rather, it draws on the positive behavior of another child to make things better. This is a wonderful message, because far too many schools put the burden of making bullying stop onto the child who is being targeted, which is a mistake.

When Justin, an altruistic and independent boy recognizes that Brian is a valuable friend, he acknowledges Brian's existence, and he helps pull the targeted boy back into the social fabric of the class. We see the power of just one child making a difference. Justin acts as an ally, and he is the connection that Brian needs to re-enter the group. A must-read. Well done, Trudy Ludwig!
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I fell in love with Brian from the very beginning. He is so adorable and innocent, but unfortunately invisible to those in the world around him. He loves to imagine and create and drawing is his passion. Drawing is what keeps him going because his classmates never include him, never pick him for their team or choose to play with him, and he never gets invited to birthday parties. Even his teacher looks through him and doesn't stop to find out what a beautiful little person he is or what valuable contributions he could make to her classroom community. She is always dealing with the kids that need closer supervision and therefore she ignores poor Brian too.

One day this all changes. A new boy, Justin, arrives in class and at lunch time starts eating his lunch with chopsticks which makes the other kids start to ridicule him and make fun of him. This new little boy is from South Korea and eating with chopsticks is quite normal there. Brian makes a decision to welcome him and he writes him a note, a note of friendship, a note of I "see you" and you are interesting and I like you. From that life changing moment for Brian, both boys become good friends and work on projects together and "see" each other for what they are....valuable, fun, creative little classmates.

The illustrator has worked so brilliantly on the main character to visually portray Brian's struggle and victory at becoming noticed and seen. She starts Brian out in a hollow, empty black and white sketch while the classroom, in contrast, is in full colour. As Brian steps forward and reaches out to Justin, Musilo adds some colour to him. Finally Brian ends up in full colour signifying he has enriched himself and the others around him.
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Thank you for bringing us The Invisible Boy, Trudy Ludwig! I am an elementary School Counselor and Trudy's books are the core of my curriculum. My work as a counselor revolves around creating a school environment where every child feels a strong sense of significance and belonging. I am amazed by the truth and relevance of this story. We all know the quiet and introverted child who is overlooked by classmates and teachers alike. The Invisible Boy sends a powerful message to all of us about the importance of kindness, compassion and inclusion. Every child deserves to be treated with kindness and care. Every child deserves to have a friend. The Invisible Child is a reminder that we share a collective responsibility for the social and emotional lives of all children.
Bravo, Trudy!!
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As an urban elementary school counselor, children's literature is an important staple in my programming. The picture books I choose first speak to me and then, upon reading, I facilitate a process in which they speak to my students. I love books and my students love when I read to them!

When choosing quality children's literature, I look for a strong, meaningful message, characters that my students will identify with, and a story line that not only tugs at your heart, but also may include some comedic moments. Never do I miss purchasing children's literature by Trudy Ludwig - I own all of her titles. In my eyes, she meets all of the above criteria (and then some) in her literary works of art.

The Invisible Boy is an exemplary example of quality children's literature. The story is quite touching and very pertinent to elementary educators and parents everywhere. The illustrations by Patrice Barton bring the words on the page to life. She captures the nature of childhood - so innocent, so expressive, so honest.

I couldn't believe how the very first page of this story set the tone for the whole book and "said" so much - in the words on the page and in the illustrations. It speaks to teachers, school counselors, parents, children..."Can you see Brian, the invisible boy? Even Mrs. Carlotti has trouble noticing him in her classroom. She's too busy dealing with Nathan and Sophie." On this first page, the "Invisible Boy" is first in line behind the teacher (illustrated in black and white) and part of the class is seen in line behind him (illustrated in color and either acting up, whispering, staring, laughing, or looking with amazement). You too, will be love this story from page one...

I highly recommend "The Invisible Boy" to school counselors, teachers, parents, and others who work with children. The story will help in your teachings about kindness, anti-bullying, empathy, and including others (to name a few). This book is a must buy!
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