Fri 22 Jun 2012
Everyone else already has friends. They know where to sit at lunch and how to line up for recess.
And being the new kid in school can be even more difficult if you’re not like everyone else to begin with.
This is the case in Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011) by David Mackintosh.
Marshall is a new student and he’s just a little different. He’s always dressed up. He has sensitive skin. He’s very precise about his school supplies. And the food he brings for lunch looks like something astronauts might eat in outer space.
The other kids watch him from afar and wonder. But when Marshall throws an atypical birthday party and invites the entire class, they discover that different doesn’t necessarily mean bad.
Now, let’s hear from today’s guest reviewer, Liam. Liam says the best birthday party he ever went to was his friend Matthew’s. He had an egg hunt in his basement with teams.
Our reviewer: Liam
Things I like to do: Be outside. Run and jump over things.
This book was about: A kid named Marshall Armstrong being new and completely different than other kids. Other kids didn’t like him. It turns out well because of his birthday.
The best part was when: When the other kid gets mad about going to Marshall’s birthday party.
I smiled when: At that same part.
I was surprised when: Nothing surprised me. This is the second time I’ve read it. I remember everything from before.
This book taught me: I’d like to know more about the space food Marshall eats.
Three words that describe this book: “New.” “Different.” “Friends.”
You should read this book because: To find out that things can work out fine if you’re new or something.
This book reminds me of one of my all-time favorite picture books — Odd Velvet by Mary Whitcomb. It follows the adventures of a new girl in school who’s not anything like her classmates.
You can learn more about David Mackintosh by visiting his website.