The Adventures of Invisible Boy

Putnam. Jan. 2024. 176p. Tr $20.99. ISBN 9780593532645; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780593532652.
Gr 3-8–It’s the day of the big science fair at school, and new kid Stanley spills Gene the Genius’s project, leading to an accident that leaves both boys invisible. While Gene uses his new ability to wreak havoc around town, Stanley becomes Invisible Boy and spends his time helping others however he can. Desperate to find an antidote, Stanley visits Gene’s lair and activates several of his inventions, leading to a bubble bath explosion, a robot Owl, freeze bombs, and more. When the invisible boys begin to work together to prepare the antidote, they discover the power of friendship and collaboration. This graphic novel is a quick read with fast-paced dialogue and inner-thought narration. With vibrant, cartoon-style illustrations of various sizes and panel designs, readers will stay engaged with the exciting adventures of the characters. Despite the light, comic tone of the superhero plotline, Horner skillfully delves into deep themes such as parental expectations, social acceptance, and self-worth in a manner that will resonate with middle graders. The exciting build-up to the epic climax of the story will keep readers wanting more and eager for the promised follow-up.
VERDICT Packed with witty humor and thrilling adventure, this graphic novel will draw fans of “Captain Underpants” and belongs on middle grade library shelves.

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