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The Invisible Boy
Contributor(s): Ludwig, Trudy, Barton, Patrice (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1582464502     ISBN-13: 9781582464503
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2013
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Annotation: Feeling invisible in a class of students who exclude him from groups, games and birthday parties, little Brian welcomes a class newcomer with whom he works on a school project in ways that help him to stand out. By the author of My Secret Bully.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Popularity; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Bullying
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012042631
Lexile Measure: 680
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 8.50" W x 0.50" (0.75 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 161744
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q61669
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): 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 also been recognized as NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Books for Young People. Visit her at trudyludwig.com.

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.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
Shy Brian often goes unnoticed by his rowdier classmates. Then Brian comes out of his shell to make a first gesture of friendship with a new student, easing him into socialization. Digitally painted pencil sketches deftly convey Brian's gradual evolution from black-and-white "invisibility" to full-color inclusion by newfound friends. Helpful discussion questions and suggestions for further reading about introverted children are appended.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 August #4)

"Can you see Brian, the invisible boy?" Ludwig (Better Than You) asks readers. Brian's classmates seem to see right through him when it comes to the lunchroom, playground, or birthday parties. Even Brian's teacher is too busy with the kids who "take up a lot of space." A new kid named Justin notices Brian's kindness and drawing talent, and he matter-of-factly changes the paradigm ("Mrs. Carlotti said we can have up to three people in our group," Justin tells a classmate who wants to exclude Brian). Gradually, Brian—whom Barton (I Like Old Clothes) has heretofore depicted in b&w pencil with sad, vulnerable eyes—becomes a smiling, full-color character. Ludwig and Barton understand classroom dynamics (Barton is especially good at portraying how children gauge the attitude of their peers and act accordingly) and wisely refrain from lecturing readers or turning Justin into Brian's savior. Instead, they portray Brian's situation as a matter of groupthink that can be rebooted through small steps. It's a smart strategy, one that can be leveraged through the book's excellent discussion guide. Ages 6–9. Illustrator's agent: Christina A. Tugeau, CATugeau. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 September)

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, CT

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 February)

EMPATHY; PERSPECTIVE-TAKING

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
 
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