“Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.
From esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton, this gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource.
Includes backmatter with discussion questions and resources for further reading”. Publisher: Random House
I found my heart breaking a little when I read this book. Brian, is the invisible boy in this story. He is invisible because he is not even noticed by his classmates or teacher. The children who are noticed, are the loud, the demanding, the whining and the complaining children that seem to demand and get all the attention. Brian is flying ‘under the radar’. Brian’s invisibility is represented by his pale grey pencil drawn image on the pages when everyone else is drawn in colour. There are pages where we see Brian getting pleasure from his drawing and his images of dragons and superheroes are very revealing about his desire for friendship and acceptance. As Brian is introduced to another new boy a little colour fills his face and as he begins to make friends with Justin and collaborate with his peers he is gradually drawn using full colour too.
This would be a wonderful book to share with students at the start of the school year or at any time when issues arise. It is a salient reminder for all the popular kids to see things from the POV of the quiet, the shy and the introverted. This book really reinforces the importance of kindness. Heartily recommended for all school libraries.
Author website: Trudy Ludwig
The invisible boy / by Trudy Ludwig ; illustrated by Patrice Barton.
Published by Random House, 2013.
NZ RRP $33.50
Available from library suppliers, good independent bookshops or borrow from Auckland Libraries