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The Invisible Boy

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  880 ratings  ·  202 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
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
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
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!
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
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 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
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
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
Brian is not a troublemaker, and he is not one of the popular students. Instead, he is invisible, both to his peers and his teacher. In his fantasies, he draws himself as a superhero with the power to "make friends wherever he goes." When new student Justin shows up, Brian is the only one to be welcoming while the other students feel him out to decide whether or not he is worth hanging out with. All it takes is Justin's friendship to make Brian visible again.

In the beginning of the story, Brian
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig is about a boy named Brian who goes through school days unnoticed by his classmates. He feels left out until a new kid arrives at school. A story about alienation, acceptance, friendship, and kindness.

Don't expect a book that entertains. The story is not uncommon. The topic and execution is straightforward and authentic. This would make a perfect study guide for elementary school children. It addresses issues that school children face like feeling left out. List
Rachel Watkins
This beautiful story illustrated with pencil sketches should be a must-read for the beginning of the school year for ALL elementary students. The story of a boy no one notices will be familiar to teachers. Parents can use this book as well, to talk about friendships, kindness, and taking small risks like speaking to a new kid at school. I LOVED IT!
This is a beautiful book. Ludwig has written a sensitive story about Brian, who feels as if he is invisible because nobody seems to ever notice him. They don't choose him for teams, don't invite him to parties, and don't include him at lunch. When a new boy comes to town, Brian hopes that maybe he can make a friend. The new boy not only overcomes people laughing at his strange Korean food but also finds a way to include Brian and show others the talent that Brian has.

The story is lovely, but th
I'm not sure who pointed me in the direction of this children's story, but it was really spot on in its storytelling. You get that it's getting at the isolation this little boy feels, without being preachy or over the top, which I think is pretty difficult to do. There does seem to be a sense of realism about the book as well, because who hasn't felt this way from time to time? I think this would be a must read for a children's library. I think it would be very validating in a sense, not because ...more
Deb Jones
The Invisible Boy is a very compassionate story that centers around students who are naturally quiet and not the center of attention. The use of color with black and white accents focuses the reader on the main character in a very natural manner. This would be a wonderful book to share at the beginning of the school or if a new student was joining a classroom during the year. The story raises the question of how children react to those who are different or new. The drawings add another dimension ...more
Tracy St.
I have never heard of this story before, but it is one that I now want to purchase for my own classroom. In this short picture book a young boy named Brian feels invisible in his classroom. The illustrator makes this point very clear to the reader by drawing the pictures in vivid colors with Brian penciled in in black and white. Brian is ignored in the classroom, at lunch, and on the playground until a new little boy, Justin, joins the class. After Justin comes to the school he begins to invite ...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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