Picture Book Review: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Looking for your next read? Check out We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Kate L.

Back to school is fast approaching and Penelope Rex is a tad bit nervous. Will she make friends; will her classmates like her? Those are normal feelings and worries for a little girl, right? Even if that little girl is a small dinosaur? First day of school arrives and Penelope Rex walks into a classroom … full of children!

Now Penelope loves children, and by that we mean, she loves eating them. She is a T Rex after all. So, she has a hard time not eating her classmates at snack time, or recess, or lunchtime. Penelope spits them back up of course at the teacher’s urging and tries hard to not do it again.

Soon she notices that no one wants to play with her; they’re all scared of her.

All that is except Walter, the goldfish! So, Penelope tries to make friends with him. But Walter, being a goldfish, chomps on Penelope’s finger and sends her screaming! EEEEEEE!!!

It turns out to be valuable lesson, for now she knows how her classmates felt when she gobbled them up. Penelope Rex starts making friends as soon as she stopped eating them, and if she ever thinks that children are yummy, she just glances at Walter and remembers the bite.

This picture book is funny and sweet, and you’ll find yourself rooting for this little T. Rex who’s just trying to fit in and learning how to make friends. It’s theme we can all relate to and it’s a fun read for back to school.

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