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Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our Schoolby David Mackintosh
Synopses & Reviews
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 doesnt play sports, and he doesnt watch television. So when he invites everyone in class over for his birthday party, its sure to be a disaster. Or is it? Marshall Armstrong might have a trick or two up his long, “sun protective” sleeve.
David Mackintoshs 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.
Praise for Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School
« “Mackintoshs beautifully underplayed text and genial drawings manage to be empathic to both the leery narrator and the serenely outré object of his misapprehension. Without a whiff of pedantry, Mackintosh (Rex) skillfully dismantles the narrators defenses and bonds him to Marshall Armstrong, all the while proving that fun doesnt always fit within the confines of ones comfort zone.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Marshall Armstrong is anemically pale, dresses like an extra from Brideshead Revisited, eats 'space food' in silver wrappers with labels ('Dog, Hot X1'), abstains from both recess and the sun (doctor's orders and 'the ozone layer,' respectively), and doesn't own a TV. 'He prefers the paper. His dad says it gives him a good perspective.' So not only is Marshall Armstrong new, he 'doesn't fit in at our school. Not one bit,' declares the narrator, who must sit next to this unflappable dweeb in school and is dreading a birthday party at Marshall's house. Even very young readers will guess that the narrator is in for a big surprise (hint: Best. Party. Ever), but they'll still enjoy how Mackintosh's beautifully underplayed text and genial drawings manage to be empathic to both the leery narrator and the serenely outrÃ© object of his misapprehension. Without a whiff of pedantry, Mackintosh (Rex) skillfully dismantles the narrator's defenses and bonds him to Marshall Armstrong, all the while proving that fun doesn't always fit within the confines of one's comfort zone. Ages 4 — 8. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
David Mackintosh was born in Belfast and grew up in Australia. He is a graphic designer, art director, and illustrator. His innovative book designs have won numerous awards in Britain and internationally. This is his first childrens book. He lives in London. Visit him online at DavidMackintosh.co.uk.
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