Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School

Written & illustrated by David Mackintosh

HarperCollins Children's Books. 2010.
32pp HB picture book.


Marshall Armstrong is new to our school. He looks different to me…
He has spotty arms, he stole his glasses from another boy and his laces are straight, not criss-crossed like mine. His freckles look like birdseed on his nose.

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They say…

“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

Marshall Armstrong is ‘so hot right now’, The Independent On Sunday says, “...features a wonderfully eccentric title character. Utterly unpredictable from one page to the next, this is a seriously funny book” 

"Happily, David Mackintosh’s books are always something to look at, so it’s no surprise that “Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School” takes on friendship from a different angle: the book is narrated by an established insider, forced to be nice to the new guy. Young Armstrong is fascinating, and Mackintosh gives us a two-page spread of his oddities, ranging from the physiological (“His freckles look like birdseed on his nose”) to the sartorial (“His laces are straight, not crisscrossed like mine”) to the misunderstood (“His glasses belong to another boy” — i.e., Ray Ban)." Daniel Handler writes children’s books under the name Lemony Snicket. New York Times Book Review.


Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2011. 

Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011.

Winner of the Please Touch Museum Illustration Award 2011.

Winner of the Hampshire Illustrated Book Award 2012.

Shortlisted for The Sakura Medal 2013.