I don’t remember the last time a picture book made me laugh as much as We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins.
So, look. You can’t take the kiddos to see the new “Jurassic World” movie quite yet — it’ll scare them so badly, they’ll never sleep again until they reach puberty. But if you want a way to share your love of dinosaurs with the younger ones in your life, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates is the perfect book to do so — and BONUS! You’ll laugh your ass off, too.
The book follows the young T-Rex Penelope as she begins kindergarten, and on the first day is horrified to learn that her classmates are children.
Delicious, delicious children.
And thus ensues a major problem for Penelope … she keeps eating her classmates.
Because children are delicious.
The writing and illustrations work together masterfully to tell this hilarious story, and illustrate all the ways Penelope tries (and fails) to make friends with her tasty classmates.
I’ve re-read this book several times since my review copy first came, simply because it brings me so much joy every time. Yes, I — an adult woman, with no children — have re-read a picture book multiple times over the last month. I’m just itching for a chance to sit down and share this one with my little niece; I’m already picturing her little kid giggles in my head.
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates has quickly become one of my all-time favorite picture books. It’s funny, heartfelt, and weirdly relatable for a book about a T-Rex who wants to eat her classmates. It’s in stores now! Here is the official synopsis:
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. . . .