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The Invisible Boy
Title: The Invisible Boy
Author: Trudy Ludwig
Illustrator: Patrice Barton
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books
Publication year: 2013
Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“A simple act of kindness can transform an invisible boy into a friend…Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody in class 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.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I think this book, while not necessarily falling under a certain curriculum, could be used for social emotional learning. I found this lesson plan at the website Highland Literacy that is very extensive.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I like that there is an exhaustive list of activities/questions to ask students at the back of the book, and recommended books for adults and children. I liked Barton’s choice to make Brian transparent when he is alone/lonely, and colorful when Justin starts to become his friend.