Review: The Invisible Boy

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The Invisible Boy

Author: Trudy Ludwig

Illustrator: Patrice Barton

Published in 2013 by Random House Children’s Books

The Invisible Boy describes a young boy named Brian who feels invisible because he is never noticed or acknowledged by his classmates. He does not get invited to join in games at recess, birthday parties, or projects in class. One day, a new student named Justin joins the class. Brian befriends Justin and makes him feel welcome. While other students make fun of the unique food in Justin’s lunch, Brian shows kindness. Then when it comes time to do a group project, Justin ensures that Brian is included in his group. Finally, Brian is given the opportunity to shine and feel appreciated. This heartwarming story shares the precious message of how valuable it is to reach out to others and show compassion. The Invisible Boy illustrates that with kindness, one person can make a big difference!

*Literature Snapshot I created for my Diversity in Children’s Literature course at the University of Minnesota:

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