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It's one of the best children's books ever! Even I as an adult can totally relate with the main character. Brian feels isolated, lonely and feels invisible in class. He's a loner who enjoys what he does: good at drawing and having lots of stories in his head. He really struggles when it comes to team work and really cannot get along with the rest of the kids. The other kids are just outspoken and do not hesitate to make fun of him or the new kid. This new kid accepts Brian as he is and Brian has to change his perspectives on how to be with others. To be a friend, he has to be a friend and actually make an effort to participate in team activities. The story seems so real. The illustration is subtle yet amazing. But the story ended too soon.
This is an enchanting book with a lovely message of hope for children who are shy & nervous in a new school. Brian is a boy who feels like he's invisible because his classmates don't pick him to play games or sit next to him at mealtimes. He escapes to his talented drawings. A new boy comes to the school. He hopes he can become his friend. The new boy also initially has issues with the cool class. The author cleverly resolves the issues of both boys. I love the way the author simply, depicts the "invisible boy" in the illustrations. The positive & subtle message of the book was picked up by 4 yr olds. They enjoyed it & requested re reads. Great concept & useful preparation for starting school.
Really interesting to see the author portray a child that feels isolated in such an easy to understand way for children. Would be a good book for bullies & victims because of the empathy it may generate. Sadly children can be affected by these feelings from nursery to reception & later. Good, positive ending. Hope to see more from this talented author & illustrator.
Really sweet story, my 4 year old struggled to understand that the “invisibility” was a metaphor rather than an ACTUAL invisible boy, but once I had explained it then he felt a lot of sympathy for the boy. We talked about times he felt invisible, or others in his class that might feel that way (newer children, EAL children) and he told me he’s going to make everybody feel not invisible anymore. Perfect - just what I wanted from this story.
We've been reading this book for our 3 and a half year old before moving nurseries. She didn't enjoy it the first time and said it was sad, but we've spent time exploring how she felt and she's been asking for us to read it more regularly. It has been a fantastic tool to open discussions about being kind and managing new situations.