||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.
||New to school, Marshall Armstrong is considered a complete oddity by the others kids, especially the narrator who is charged with being friendly and welcoming. He eats weird foods, doesn't watch television, and won't take part in recess because of the ozone layer. And when everyone is invited to Marshall's for his birthday, the kid is certain that it's going to be the worst party of all time. However, he couldn't be more wrong. With lively illustrations.