TITLE: THE INVISIBLE BOY
AUTHOR: TRUDY LUDWIG
ILLUSTRATOR: PATRICE BARTON
DATE: Oct. 8,
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc. NY.
GENRE: Fiction, children’s, illustrated.
FORMAT: Hardback, with illustrations.
IDENTIFICATION: ISBN 978-1-582-46450-3
MY REVIEW: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 (Deserving of more.)
REVIEW TITLE: "HIGH PRAISE FOR A GENTLE STORY PROMOTING ACCEPTANCE AND
ANTI-BULLYING OF SOCIALLY SHY CHILDREN."
Young Brian is shy and has always felt "invisible" at school in comparison to his more social, lively, and popular classmates. He often is excluded from birthday parties, playground games, and lunchtime groups at school. His teacher is frequently preoccupied with more noisy students, making Brian seem "invisible" even to her. When the kids at school find a new boy in their class to be different and make fun of him, Brian quietly becomes his friend. With the help of his talent for drawing, Brian helps his new friend and another classmate to succeed in a school assignment, leading to better acceptance, inclusion, and bust through his "invisibility."
I give a robust applause for this heartwarming story portrayal of the plight of many young children who experience social shyness. This story is told in a very gentle way, and it can easily be used in young elementary school classrooms, preschool settings, and homes. The message is honest, and both boys and girls can see their self, a sibling, or someone else that they know who resembles young Brian and his quietness. This book is an excellent tool to generate thought and discussion with young children about the value of kindness and acceptance of others who might be different from them. Undoubtedly, this book also can give comfort to children in understanding their self. The illustrations are drawn simply, colored softly, and the illustrator provides a unique portrayal of Brian's feeling of being "invisible." Each picture is a perfect complement to the story and made me fall in love with the gentle teachings of the book.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN'S BOOK. It would make an excellent gift for a child, educator of young children, or for a Pediatrician to have at his/her clinic for young patients to read and enjoy.
ALICE M. BATZEL
Published Playwright, Journalist, Freelance Writer
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