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The Invisible Boy

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  1,149 ratings  ·  245 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Have you ever felt left out? Alone in a roomful of people?

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig introduces us to Brian. A sweet-hearted boy who feels invisible. In a class room swimming with kids, how does a quiet boy more apt to communicate with drawings and art stand out, find friends, and not get lost in the hustle, bustle and noise?

One act. One chance. One word can change everything. Brian reaches out with kindness to Justin, the new kid in class. Just leaving a note saying “Hi” in his own spec
Right, friends. I promise, I promise, this is my last SLJ 2013 book that I’ll be reviewing today. You’ve been so patient with my repeated updates!

But I saved a good one for the end. It’s full of feels.

So in The Invisible Boy, we meet Brian. Brian is very quiet, and clearly smart, and brilliant at drawing.

Unfortunately, he’s also invisible. Not the cool Hey Look I’m A Member Of The Fantastic Four kind of invisible, but rather the shitty kind, where you’re ACTUALLY THERE, but no one gives a damn
I would recommend this book to any classes at the elementary level. It is a wonderful reminder for students about how it feels to be left out and how they can include others. It is also a great reminder for teachers to pay attention to ALL children. The pictures are very well done. I like how Brian is drawn in black and white at first. A terrific story!
Hilary Misle
School Library Journal September 1, 2013
Review author: Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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
Patricia Tilton
Brian feels invisible to his teacher and friends at school. He is with them, but not really. What child has not felt invisible at some time in school. Trudy Ludwig masterfully tells a heartfelt story about a boy who wants to belong, but is ignored by others. Even his teacher doesn’t pay a lot of attention to Brian because she has to deal with other high-maintenance children in the classroom. Brian is kind-hearted and finds his own way to make a friend and gain the acceptance of the other student ...more
I definitely liked this picture book. It deals with the question: which is worse--being laughed at or feeling invisible?

Brian, our young hero, is the invisible boy. He's friendless. This is noticeable even in the classroom, but especially so in the lunchroom and at recess. But when a new student comes, Brian reaches out to him--via note, I might add--and soon Brian begins to lose his invisibility. It starts with the new kid, Justin, but soon expands to include others. It has a happy ending that
As happens so often in classrooms in life, Brian seems to be forgettable. His classmates ignore him or forget that he is around, and he is often left out when choosing sides for kickball. But there's more to Brian than meets the eye. He has a fertile imagination and artistic flair. Plus, he is incredibly kind to others. When his classmates make fun of the Korean barbecued beef lunch of new kid Justin, Brian is the only one who doesn't laugh. His later act of kindness is returned by Justin when t ...more
I’ve had several tell me to get this book, and finally I did! Please don’t wait any longer if you haven’t read it yet. It’s a poignant story of too many in classrooms who are excluded and terribly lonely. It will be a terrific read aloud to discuss more than once with a class. A young boy named Brian is left out in most of the school activities, going unnoticed by even his teacher, until his smile and a thoughtful note begins a friendship with a boy new to the class. Patrice Barton’s beautiful i ...more
This book would be read right after Each Kindness. Have you ever felt invisible before? What do you think invisible means in the title? Do you think that it means that he is really invisible? Have you ever felt this way before? What caused you to feel this way? What did you do? What kind of problem do you think this boy is going to have in this story? Have we read another story that is similar to this? Each Kindness is about being kind to everyone. Do you think that this story will be similar? W ...more
Carrie Gelson
This book was an important read for me - but sharing it in a room full of students, it is huge -
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 ...more
The Styling Librarian
I’m a huge fan of Trudy Ludwig. Not only her book creations but her messages. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to interview her as well. Additionally, Trudy recently wrote a post for The Nerdy Book Club called: Using Literature to Address Bullying and Foster Empathy in Young Readers. Powerful post with links to other books that are fantastic titles I’d select too!
I’ve been quite excited about her new book release: The Invisible Boy: By the way Patrice Barton created the most beautiful illustra
I have so much respect for Trudy Ludwig's work. This was a lovely book, with lovely illustrations. Would be wonderful to read aloud and discuss in the classroom.
I really enjoyed this story and the message. The illustrations did a good job of visually showing the boys isolation from others.
Lori Sharp
Brian would go to school everyday, but no one would pay attention to him. The teacher would look right over him at the two louder kids to try to make them more quite. Kids would pick teams, but leave Brian till last then say that teams were good, and they didn't need him. At lunch they would all talk about someone's birthday party they went to, but Brian wasn't ever invited to those. One day, a new kid, who was Chinese, joined the class, named Justin. The kids made fun of Justin, because he was ...more
Madison Woodmansee
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig is a great story about a young boy who goes through a struggle that I'm sure a lot of elementary kids go through. He goes to school and he doesn't have any friends. Everybody else in his class has so much fun with each other and invite each other over for birthday parties and play dates but Brian the young boy is not invited to any of it. He is almost invisible to his class. Throughout the story it goes through the different parts of Brian's day at school and ho ...more
Yanel Plata
Brain is a young boy who feels quite different from his classmates therefore he is seen as the invisible boy. His other classmates are either very loud or just whine about everything and anything. Brian’s teacher Mrs. Carlotti has some trouble noticing Brian sometimes because she’s too distracted trying to calm down the other students. At recess when the kids line up to be chosen to play kickball on two teams Brian is left out and isn’t chosen so he decides to just draw during recess. He’s a tal ...more
Jeff Harris
Poor Brian has always felt invisible at school. He is overlooked by his teacher, who spends most of her time dealing with a boy who doesn't know how to use his inside voice and a girl who is overly whiny. At recess, the other kids never pick him for their kickball teams. At lunch, no one talks to him, and instead, spend time talking about parties and events that he wasn't invited to. When a new student joins the class, Brian is the first to reach out to him with a simple gesture of kindness that ...more
Colleen Overlander
This text, "The Invisible Boy" is a heartfelt story that emphasizes the significance of small acts of kindness, and how compassion for another individual and an acceptance and celebration of difference can make a huge, positive difference in a person's life. This text tells the story of a young boy Brian who is portrayed as being "invisible". Brian goes unnoticed in school and is not included in games, birthday celebrations, and any social events. In school he feels like an outsider as he has no ...more
The Invisible Boy
By: Trudy Ludwig

(2014 IRA Teacher's Choice Award Winner)

The Invisible Boy focuses in on the main character Brian who does not seem to be noticed or fit into his class. At recess he is the last to get picked to play or he does not get to play at all. The teacher spends too much time worrying about the other students in the class like Nathan who acts up all the time to notice that Brian does not get paid attention to. At lunch Brian usually sits alone and no one really talks to hi
Rebecca Boliard
*2014 IRA Teachers' Choices*
The Invisible Boy is about a shy boy named Brian. Brian feels invisible in his classroom and with his peers. Brian is portrayed in black in white in the illustrations, while the rest of the children are in color. As the story builds, a new student named Justin enters Brian's class. Justin is Korean, and considered different, he is laughed at by his classmates. Brian wonders if it is better to be laughed at or to be ignored and "invisible". Brian and Justin become frie
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Opening: Who can tell me, what is courage? Who can give me some examples of courage from their own lives? As we read, if you see any examples of courage in the story, stop me so we can talk about them.

The initial opening move is to prompt students to share their personal connections with courage. I would expect answers to vary along the line of larger courageous acts. The second opening move of prompting students to notice acts of courage within the text foreshad
Dawn Little
Wow! Powerful and important story. Great read aloud for all elementary age students.
The invisible boy, describes the experience of a young boy starting a new school. Following the title of the book, Brian is left to feel invisible within the school and classroom he attends.

Such a simple story but yet relatable to almost all students and everyone worldwide, who has once attended or is attending school. It demonstrates that when beginning a new school, a new job, environment, country, home or county everyone feels overwhelmed and sometimes invisible as what was once known has be
Rosi Hollinbeck
My review from the San Francisco Book Review
Brian seems to be invisible. No one seems to notice him. When all the children sit around the lunch table talking about the great birthday party Madison had over the weekend, Brian can’t talk about it because he hadn’t been invited. During recess when teams are chosen for games, the kids announce they have enough for the game without choosing Brian. Even in the classroom, the teacher spends all her time dealing with kids who whine and act out, leaving
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from Terri:

Book titles can be whimsical, fun and some titles just catch the imagination so you want to read the book. When I picked up the children’s book The Invisible Boy, I wondered what the author would do with the story line. Would the little boy really be invisible? Being invisible sounds like fun but the author puts a spin on this story that makes being invisible anything but fun. We meet Brian who is in grade school and he is socially invisible. Brian doesn’t take up a lot of space…doesn
A Leisure Moment
The Invisible Boy is a story about a little boy named Brian who is shy and overlooked by his classmates. Brian is an artist with a fun imagination. But his classmates don’t pick him to play on teams or invite him to their parties. When new student Justin joins the class, he is teased by the other classmates because he eats with chopsticks. The next day Brian leaves Justin a note with a drawing of Brian eating with chopsticks telling Justin he thought his lunch looked yummy. After that, Justin ma ...more
Sharon Tyler
The Invisible Boy is a picturebook written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton. Brian is the invisible boy. He seems to be invisible in line, while teams are being chosen to play games, at lunch, and just about all the time. So, Brian often loses himself in his art to distract himself from going unnoticed. When a new boy joins his class Brian is left to wonder if it is better to be invisible or picked on. He reaches out to the new boy and in turn is given a moment of his own to shi ...more
Daniel Middleton
This one is rated three and a half stars due in part to the moral at the heart of the story. A young boy named Brian is virtually invisible to those around him because he simply doesn't fit in, and is therefore unpopular. When a new boy arrives and is teased for being different, Brian can readily identify and is encouraged to reach out to him with a kind note. The story takes a turn at this point and Brian's efforts eventually give our invisible hero color (Brian is rendered in black and white f ...more
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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. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing friendship, bullying, and cyberbullying issues at schools and conferences around the country.

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