Synopses & Reviews
Marshall Armstrong is new to school and definitely stands out from the crowd, with his pale skin, perpetual hats, and special and#8220;space foodand#8221; lunches that come in silver wrappers. He doesnand#8217;t play sports, and he doesnand#8217;t watch television. So when he invites everyone in class over for his birthday party, itand#8217;s sure to be a disaster. Or is it? Marshall Armstrong might have a trick or two up his long, and#8220;sun protectiveand#8221; sleeve.
David Mackintoshand#8217;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.
Praise for Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School
and#171; and#8220;Mackintoshand#8217;s beautifully underplayed text and genial drawings manage to be empathic to both the leery narrator and the serenely outrand#233; object of his misapprehension. Without a whiff of pedantry, Mackintosh (Rex) skillfully dismantles the narratorand#8217;s defenses and bonds him to Marshall Armstrong, all the while proving that fun doesnand#8217;t always fit within the confines of oneand#8217;s comfort zone.and#8221; and#8211;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.
andquot;Itand#39;s a story that leaves its readers feeling fortunate as well.andquot;
andquot;This is a quirky, spot-on snapshot of family life, perfect for family sharing and repeated readings. And children will love examining the whimsical, surprisingly delightful details in the drawings. A winner.andquot;
andquot;Fans of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smithandrsquo;s frenetic books will appreciate this entertaining tale.andquot;
andquot;At turns exuberant, sweet, and humorous, this is a delightful surprise.andquot;
andquot;Kids will get a and#39;there but for the grace of God go Iand#39; kick out of the imaginations run amuck, and adults will be reminded of the perils of sparking unlimited expectations.andquot;
From the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School
comes a visually stunning, hilarious picture book that explores childrenand#8217;s tendency to jump to the conclusions they want.
When Leoand#8217;s mom announces that there will be a surprise at dinner, she unknowingly sets in motion a riotous chain of events. What could the surprise be?! Leo and his brother are desperate to find out. Could it be a bike? A pool? A new car? Their imaginations run wild until they latch, with utter conviction, onto what surely must be the answer: an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip to Hawaii! Perhaps not surprisingly, the brothers are soon proven wrong. But the ingenious way their family decides to cheer them up poignantly reminds us that, sometimes, embracing what you already have is enough to make you feel and#8220;lucky.and#8221;
About the Author
Erica S. Perl is the author of Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early and Chicken Butt! She lives in Washington, D.C. Visit her online at www.ericaperl.com.
Julia Denos studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and has published several acclaimed books for young readers. She lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.juliadenos.com.