A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend...
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.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am an elementary school social worker and frequently use books like this to teach lessons on friendship. The illustrations are beautiful and the message behind the story is powerful. Many of the children I've shared this story with were able to identify with the main character. I would highly recommend this as part of Character Education.
MY REVIEW: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 (Deserving of more.) REVIEW TITLE: "HIGH PRAISE FOR A GENTLE STORY PROMOTING ACCEPTANCE AND ANTI-BULLYING OF SOCIALLY SHY CHILDREN." SYNOPSIS: Young Brian is shy and has always felt "invisible" at school in comparison to his more social, lively, and popular classmates. He often is excluded from birthday parties, playground games, and lunchtime groups at school. His teacher is frequently preoccupied with more noisy students, making Brian seem "invisible" even to her. When the kids at school find a new boy in their class to be different and make fun of him, Brian quietly becomes his friend. With the help of his talent for drawing, Brian helps his new friend and another classmate to succeed in a school assignment, leading to better acceptance, inclusion, and bust through his "invisibility." REVIEW CONTENT: I give a robust applause for this heartwarming story portrayal of the plight of many young children who experience social shyness. This story is told in a very gentle way, and it can easily be used in young elementary school classrooms, preschool settings, and homes. The message is honest, and both boys and girls can see their self, a sibling, or someone else that they know who resembles young Brian and his quietness. This book is an excellent tool to generate thought and discussion with young children about the value of kindness and acceptance of others who might be different from them. Undoubtedly, this book also can give comfort to children in understanding their self. The illustrations are drawn simply, colored softly, and the illustrator provides a unique portrayal of Brian's feeling of being "invisible." Each picture is a perfect complement to the story and made me fall in love with the gentle teachings of the book. CONCLUSION: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN'S BOOK. It would make an excellent gift for a child, educator of young children, or for a Pediatrician to have at his/her clinic for young patients to read and enjoy. Reviewed by: ALICE M. BATZEL Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer
Tender story about a shy, good boy who is clever at drawing but quiet about everything else. Because he's not friendly, or a problem in class, he routinely gets ignored. His friendship fortunes change when he decides to reach out to a boy being made fun of. Beautifully told, quietly powerful.