Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School
Abrams Books for Young Readers , August 1, 2011
This quirky picture book is a testimony to each student’s individuality. When a new kid (Marshall Armstrong) comes to school with gigantic ears and wearing a tie, other kids stare and gossip. And, over time, they realize Marshall Armstrong is pretty cool and special. He becomes a friend. And, then another interesting character is new to the school. The author and illustrator (David Mackintosh) sets a spot-on tone of that icky, sticky feeling of being the new kid, but eventually finding your way.
Marshall Armstrong is new to school and definitely stands out from the crowd, with his pale skin, perpetual hats, and special “space food” lunches that come in silver wrappers. He doesn’t play sports, and he doesn’t watch television. So when he invites everyone in class over for his birthday party, it’s sure to be a disaster. Or is it? Marshall Armstrong might have a trick or two up his long, “sun protective” sleeve.
David Mackintosh’s story, with its bold design and sharply humorous observations, is a highly original take on the popular theme of the difficulties of being the new kid and making friends.