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Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School

Narrated by: Stephen Mangan
Length: 8 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7

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Quirky, witty, and brilliant, Marshall Armstrong is new to school and he definitely stands out from the crowd; but will he find it easy to make friends? A highly original take on a perennially popular theme, performed by Stephen Mangan. Marshall Armstrong is new to our school. He looks different to me. His laces are straight, not criss-crossed like mine, and his eyes are always looking at the blackboard. Marshall Armstrong doesn’t fit into our school. Not one bit....

But it doesn’t take long for Marshall to prove that you don’t have to follow the crowd to be the most popular kid in the playground. A quirky and witty first-day-at-school story from a brilliant new talent.

©2011 David Mackintosh (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

“A sophisticated combination of faux-naïve pencil drawing, collage, and varied layouts makes David Mackintosh’s Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School striking.” (Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Culture)
“…a beautifully illustrated first book from the writer and illustrator David Mackintosh.” (Daisy Bridgewater, Telegraph Magazine)
“Even very young readers will…enjoy how Mackintosh’s 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 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.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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