Monday, February 26, 2018

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins - ESSENTIAL

Higgins, Ryan T. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates.  PICTURE BOOK.  Disney, JUNE 2018.  $18.  9781368003551.

Penelope Rex is nervous for her first day of school and things don’t get better when she discovers all of her new classmates are humans – and humans are delicious! She doesn’t want to eat them, but sometimes it is hard to control her T-rex impulses.  Then one day Penelope finds out what it feels like to have someone find out you’re a tasty morsel. 

Higgin’s wry humor is full blown.  You can choose to be offended by Penelope eating her classmates and then spitting them out, or you can revel in the delightful absurdness and embrace the message of not eating your classmates.  It would be easy to turn this into a quick lessons about other ways we “eat” our classmates with meanness and sniping. Pair this with Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller to start the school year out right.  Coming out in June – buy both books for your newly minted school teachers.
EL (K-3), EL – ESSENTIAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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