Parents' Guide to

The Invisible Boy

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kind tale of empathy shows how to reach out to left-out kid.

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With THE INVISIBLE BOY, author Trudy Ludwig taps into the everyday insecurities and agonies of elementary school without making anyone a villain. Patrice Barton's illustrations show similar empathy: Her depiction of a room of children sizing up the new kid is painfully on-target. She cleverly introduces Brian, the invisible boy, in shades of white and gray. As Justin starts to draw him into his social circle, the first blush of color tints his cheeks. By the story's end, Brian shares the same soft hues as his classmates.
Ludwig's message is neither strident nor cloying. Brian gets Justin's attention only by reaching out to him, and Justin helps open doors for Brian through small, thoughtful gestures. The discussion questions at the book's end are a terrific guide for parents and teachers, and the author's website has links to more resources.

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