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The Resource The last invisible boy, written by Evan Kuhlman ; illustrated by J.P. Coovert

The last invisible boy, written by Evan Kuhlman ; illustrated by J.P. Coovert

Label
The last invisible boy
Title
The last invisible boy
Statement of responsibility
written by Evan Kuhlman ; illustrated by J.P. Coovert
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
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Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Gr. 4-7 Finn Garret is disappearing. Every day he wakes to find a little less pigment reflected in the mirror. It all began, he says, on "The Terrible Day That Changed Everything, the day I lost my dad forever." Finn's first-person chronicle of his life after his father's death strikes a balance of honest humor and poignancy. The narrative structure is clever and affecting: the less the world sees of Finn, the more the reader comes to know. Finn's journal, an assemblage of log entries, quizzes, drawings, and directions to the reader, is genuinely adolescent, funny, and moving. Vivid details, like Finn's obsession with saltwater taffy, add depth to the characterizations and grow in meaning as the story progresses. In style, Finn's diary sits somewhere between those in Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series and Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007). But Finn's distinct narrative voice, and the sweet precision with which the story unfolds, give this title a touching resonance all its own. -- Barthelmess, Thom (Reviewed 11-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 5, p40)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 5–7— This illustrated novel, reminiscent in style of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams, 2007), is sure to have huge appeal. Finn Garrett tells the tender yet humorous story of how he begins to disappear following his beloved dad's sudden death. The 12-year-old awakens the morning after the day when everything changes to find a strand of white hair and less "pinkness" to his skin. Each day he grows whiter and less visible. He begins to write a memoir, which is really an account of his and his family's grief over their devastating loss. While poignant and sad, the book is ultimately upbeat as they begin to heal. At times Finn feels he is being erased because he failed to save his dad. At other times he wonders if he is aging in order to get closer to him. He recounts memory after memory, ultimately realizing the importance of them, and of being the keeper of his father's stories. Finn sees a therapist, and eventually he, his mother, his grandpa, his little brother, and his friend Melanie move beyond their initial pain. Finn's invisibility reverses itself and he becomes a boy who has managed to hold on to the world. The book's engaging, intimate tone is enhanced by Finn frequently addressing readers. Stop signs placed at points when he is overwhelmed with feeling add to the tenderness. The language and style are pitch-perfect middle school, and the illustrations ably capture the boy's memories and moods.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME --Connie Tyrrell Burns (Reviewed December 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 12, p130)
  • /* Starred Review */ Were Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid to be suddenly bereaved, his next diary might approximate this painful but often funny novel, written by the author of the adult work Wolf Boy and illustrated by a debut graphic artist. Keeping a notebook, 12-year-old Finn Garrett explains in an early entry that a few months before, “a giant eraser fell from the sky and flattened me.... It's been erasing me from the world ever since.” His father has died unexpectedly (in circumstances described only near the end), and Finn's black hair and pink complexion are gradually turning white (Coovert's cartoon shows a gray Finn looking into a mirror and seeing a vampire reflected back). As Finn remembers perfect moments with his father, avoids school as long as possible and compares his mother's and paternal grandfather's attitudes about death, he is made to see his pediatrician as well as a kindly school psychologist, who have their own theories about the “whiteness thing.” Precise in his metaphors and his characterizations, Kuhlman delivers a study in coping with loss that middle-schoolers will want to absorb and empathize with. Ages 10–14. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 13, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 41, p54)
  • Grief-stricken after the sudden death of his father, Finn starts turning invisible in this magical-realism tale of recovery. Finn's story starts in media res, his father dead and his invisibility far progressed, with his skin the color of paper and his formerly brown hair whitening. When he returns to school sometime after the death, the bullying jeers about his freakish new coloring are his only distraction from the awkward attempts at sympathy from teachers and friends. Through a series of brief vignettes illustrated by Finn's own cartoons, he recalls his picture-perfect relationship with his father, from games of midnight baseball to father-son motorcycle rides. It takes time for Finn to recognize the grief of others—his mother, his grandfather—and to start on the path to recovery along with his mother and kid brother. Finn's poignant story is a quietly believable tale of one family's journey through grief. Coovert's cartoons add a nice touch of bittersweet humor. (Fiction. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
289499
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kuhlman, Evan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 10 up
  • 930L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.K9490113
LC item number
Las 2008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 7
Reading level
5.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Coovert, J. P.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Grief
  • Fathers and sons
  • Family life
  • Schools
  • Ohio
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The last invisible boy, written by Evan Kuhlman ; illustrated by J.P. Coovert
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Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
"ginee seo books."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
715230
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
233 pages
Isbn
9781416957973
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2007040258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781416957973
  • (OCoLC)181424023
Label
The last invisible boy, written by Evan Kuhlman ; illustrated by J.P. Coovert
Link
Publication
Copyright
Note
"ginee seo books."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
715230
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
233 pages
Isbn
9781416957973
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2007040258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781416957973
  • (OCoLC)181424023

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