The Invisible Boy

by Trudy Ludwig
illustration by Patrice Barton

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One of the hard truths of childhood is addressed in Ludwig’s story of Brian and his experience of “invisibility” at school. When a new child arrives, he has his own issues of not belonging but a friendship is formed between them. Barton’s gentle pastels enhance the child-centered point of view. And it is a subtle but effective device to gradually change Brian from gray lines and washes to full color as he becomes “visible” to his classmates.