The Invisible Boy by Trudy LudwigThe Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

The Invisible Boy

byTrudy LudwigIllustratorPatrice Barton

Picture Books | October 8, 2013

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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. 

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 c...
Title:The Invisible BoyFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:40 pages, 10.31 × 8.38 × 0.32 inShipping dimensions:10.31 × 8.38 × 0.32 inPublished:October 8, 2013Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1582464502

ISBN - 13:9781582464503


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute I thought this was a really cute story. It shows that it is okay to be friends with multiple people, and to include people even if other's aren't. Good message.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great examples This book has a great message. Would suggest this book if you're child suffers from anxiety. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Message! I am a school librarian. I have read this book to classes from Grades 2-5. The message is be kind and compassionate. Often children feel invisible in the classroom when they aren't picked to play games at recess or picked for school projects. The story is about a boy named Brian who feels invisible for this very reason. A new boy comes to town and eventually Brian is no longer invisible. Excellent book for any classroom or library!
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Message! A must have for your classroom library. Great message about kindness and inclusion.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Important Message I love Trudy Ludwig's books and have many of them and have used them in my classroom many times. This one is not my favourite, although it does have a good message.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent message I do appreciate what this story is teaching, how it must feel to a child when he or she is being excluded by others and how one person has the ability to make a change to make another person feel valued. I felt the ending could have been a bit stronger some how though.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teaches a great lesson. I bought this to teach my children the importance of inclusion, we even took it to school, the teachers thought it was great.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I see you..... 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 contributions he could make to her classroom community. She is always dealing with the kids that need closer supervision and therefore she ignores poor Brian too. One day this all changes. A new boy, Justin, arrives in class and at lunch time starts eating his lunch with chopsticks which makes the other kids start to ridicule him and make fun of him. This new little boy is from South Korea and eating with chopsticks is quite normal there. Brian makes a decision to welcome him and he writes him a note, a note of friendship, a note of I "see you" and you are interesting and I like you. From that life changing moment for Brian, both boys become good friends and work on projects together and "see" each other for what they are....valuable, fun, creative little classmates. The illustrator has worked so brilliantly on the main character to visually portray Brian's struggle and victory at becoming noticed and seen. She starts Brian out in a hollow, empty black and white sketch while the classroom, in contrast, is in full colour. As Brian steps forward and reaches out to Justin, Musilo adds some colour to him. Finally Brian ends up in full colour signifying he has enriched himself and the others around him. He is a whole, full-filled person who finally is recognized for who he is and is accepted by his peers and teacher. I highly recommend this books for read-alouds in the classroom and discussions about how we are all individually different and how it is up to us to see that no one disappears from sight or is invisible while in our midst.
Date published: 2014-05-09

Editorial Reviews

USA Today, August 22, 2013:"Illustrator Barton adds a wonderful touch by drawing all the other characters in color but sketching Brian in faint shades of black and white - at least at first....Before long, Brian, in living color, is not so invisible after all. It's a lovely lesson in the simple acts of friendship, especially recommended for the most popular kids in class."Scholastic Instructor, Fall 2013:"Pitch-perfect words and art."Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2013:"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.”Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2013:"Tender illustrations rendered in glowing hues capture Brian’s isolation deftly...Use this to start a discussion: The author includes suggested questions and recommended reading lists for adults and children. Accessible, reassuring and hopeful."Publishers Weekly, August 26, 2013:"Ludwig and Barton understand classroom dynamics...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.""Trudy Ludwig has given us the gift of another empathic, poignant book for children that addresses the complex topic of peer relationships...A must-read." - Carrie Goldman, award-winning author of BULLIED: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know about Ending the Cycle of Fear