New boy Marshall Armstrong is anything but your average pupil; he is rich, eccentric and a bit of a boffin with his slide rule, protractor and fancy drawing equipment, not to mention his freckles, spots and allergies. Consequently, the little girl narrator is less than impressed when Miss Wright insists he sits beside her at the front of the class. So, as far as she is concerned his birthday party is the last straw; but her mum says she has to go. Much to her surprise however, she finds that inside Marshall’s house, there’s a wealth of opportunities for exciting party play and pastimes.
The detailed cartoon style illustrations and the variation and manipulation of lettering size, styles and layout give added visual appeal to this droll tale of the acceptance of an outsider.