Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School

Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School

Book - 2011
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Marshall Armstrong is new to school and definitely stands out from the crowd. So when he invites everyone in class over for his birthday party, it's sure to be a disaster. Or is it?
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011.
ISBN: 9781419700361
Characteristics: [30] p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.


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Fans of illustrators like Melissa Sweet and G. Brian Karas will love the quirky and charming illustrations by David Mackintosh. I even love his clever stencil endpapers. Lots of fresh pencil and ink line work, collage and rub-on letters make this book a keeper.

Apr 24, 2014

To our schoolboy narrator, Marshall looks like trouble from the start. He wears a tweed jacket with leather patches with a ragtimey hat covering his head. "He looks different to me."

The nitpicky observations continue. His glasses say "Ray Ban" so they must belong to another boy. The food Marshall eats at lunch all comes in silver wrappers, obviously "space food." While everyone else has a regular bicycle, Marshall rides a velocipede. He can't play during gym, and he doesn't watch television. Who is this kid? Is he an alien? Is he from another century? What a weirdo.

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ChristchurchLib Jan 24, 2013

Marshall Armstrong, the new boy at school, is different from the other kids in just about every way: he wears a jacket and tie and a straw boater hat, eats "space food" from oddly labeled silver packets, and doesn't play at recess. This book's narrator, one of Marshall's new classmates, is incensed when his mom makes him go to Marshall's birthday party ... but as it turns out, Marshall's brand of "different" is spectacular! This book's quirky, dynamic illustrations are almost as much fun as Marshall's party, and the lesson to give new things (and people) a chance is subtly yet indelibly delivered.
Picture books January 2013.

emilymelissabee Aug 21, 2012

A great story about getting used to new kids - even and especially if they are different from the rest of your class. This book encourages empathy and welcoming, and helps kids to realize that just because a classmate is new and different does not mean they don't have a lot to offer.


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