Friday, November 28, 2008

The Last Invisible Boy

The Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman, J. P. Coovert (Illustrator)
In the wake of his father's sudden death, twelve-year-old Finn feels he is becoming invisible as his hair and skin become whiter by the day, and so he writes and illustrates a book to try to understand what is happening and to hold on to himself and his father.


Kirkus Reviews said...

...a quietly believable tale of one family's journey through grief. Coovert's cartoons add a nice touch of bittersweet humor.

S. Kay Murphy said... expression of grief--from a kid's point of view. I was nine when my father died--and that is the year when I, too, began writing. The book is absolutely appropriate for kids 9-12, and will be a great book to hand to a kid who has endured a sudden (or not-so-sudden) loss....the text and drawings (the latter being in concert with the type of graphics which appeal to today's kids) are contemporary and appealing.
My favorite page is page 233:
"If you are ready for this book to end, turn the page. If not, please set this book aside until you are ready, or go back to the first page or someplace in the middle and start reading again.
I'll wait while you make up your mind."
Indeed, books become our friends and sometimes we are reluctant to say good-by to them--especially if they offer a particular solace or comfort.

aarti said...

...engaging, heart-felt and well-written and reads very quickly. It also is littered with gems of sentences such as, "Smiles can unmess you up." So true :-)