It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . .
Readers will gobble up this hilarious new story from award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins.
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 5 Years|
About the Author
Ryan T. Higgins (ryanthiggins.com) is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor; Hotel Bruce; BE QUIET!; and Bruce's Big Move. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids and lots of pets.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We Don't Eat Our Classmates based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This is such a fun and silly picture book! I read it with my one-year-old daughter (this book is too high for her reading level, but she just likes to hear me read out loud) and she enjoyed the bright colors and how I acted it all out for her. Also, the concept of a little t-rex nervous about her first day of school tickles me.
If the title and cover don’t scream, “Read me!” then the first page will. I can’t stop talking about this book. It’s brilliant! First, Higgins takes on two timeless themes (first day of school jitters and making friends) and turns them on their heads by introducing a T-rex main character (complete with pink overalls). Then he has the main character (Penelope) meet with an unexpected problem—her classmates are CHILDREN! (and children are delicious). Hilariousness ensues. And just when you think you know where the story is heading…a twist!. Perhaps some may not appreciate the humor in this book, but I was in stitches. For those hesitant to read this to their little one, Penelope does provide a “no children were harmed in the making of this book” disclaimer on the title page, so give it a chance! Oh, and did I mention there are adorable end papers and a surprise under the book jacket? My favorite! Try not to peek until after you read it once through, and you’ll appreciate it even more.
This book is hilarious! Seriously! What else can you do when you are a T- Rex and your classmates are children. Oh, my heavens! I can’t stop laughing about this children’s book. I love it when Penelope Rex arrives home from school and her father questions her about her day and then comments, “You see, Penelope, children are the same as us on the inside, Just tastier.” Penelope is nervous to start school but with her 300 tuna fish sandwiches and her pony backpack (because she loves to eat ponies) she arrives at school. Surprised to find her classmates are children, she eats them. Her teacher tells her to spit them all out, which she does and then no one wants to be her friend (do you blame them?!). Penelope tries to make friends. She showed them her finger painting (a t-rex eating a happy child) and she was going to catch children at the bottom of the slide (in her mouth) but still no one wants to be friends with her. Penelope was lonely. Finally, an unlikely event at school changes Penelope (and leaves me laughing)and things at school improve for everyone. What a cute novel. I think you need to know your audience for this novel as some children (young children) might be scared of what occurs inside this novel but I think most children will laugh and understand the author’s purpose. I love the illustrations in this novel as they are perfect for this book. The facial expressions are priceless. This would make a great book to read aloud or read together. I really enjoyed this one and I am picking up a copy for myself.
There’s nothing in this book that I do not absolutely adore! The cover, dust jacket, endpapers, theme of “do unto others”, the diverse characters–not to mention Higgins’ illustration style–ALL make this my new favorite PB. Delectably DINO-MITE!