Today Caramel reviews another picture book: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins, the first of two Penelope books. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what do you want to tell us about this book?
Caramel: As you can see on the cover, there is a dinosaur who eats her classmates for some weird reason —
S: Is that Penelope?
C: Yes. How did you know?
S: I saw online that this book is one of a series on Penelope the T-Rex.
C: Really? Are there other Penelope books?
S: I saw at least one more.
C: Awesome! I have to get my paws on the other book!
S: Hmm, so does that mean you liked this one?
C: Yes yes yes yes!
S: I’m detecting a lot of enthusiasm in your voice! That is good. So let us get back to the book. What is the book about?
C: Penelope is starting school. And then she eats her classmates. All of them.
S: Wait, so her classmates are not other dinosaurs like her?
C: No. They are regular children, all except Penelope.
S: That is strange. She must feel out of place there a bit…
C: Or out of time. Dinosaurs and humans have not overlapped in time ever!
S: Well that is true, but perhaps you are thinking too hard to be dealing with a fictional story!
C: But you know I love dinosaurs! I even reviewed a whole book about dinosaurs for this blog!
S: I know! That is also why you know so much about them. But Penelope is a story dinosaur and so she is going to school with human children. That is unrealistic but could be the setting of an interesting story.
C: Very very interesting it turns out.
S: So she eats her classmates! Why does she do that?
C: Apparently because “children are delicious”. And in the end her dad tells her: “You see, Penelope, children are the same as us on the inside. Just tastier.”
S: Then what happens? I’m getting curious!
C: Well, she has to spit them all out of course. And then a lot more things happen. She makes friends, gets scared of a goldfish named Walter and so on. It is all fun!
S: Sounds like a good book to me. So let us wrap things up. What three words would you use to describe this book?
C: Colorful, fun, and cute.
S: I agree. This is really a cute and fun book. It is sweet to see Penelope first get confused about why she should not eat her classmates and eventually figure out how to make friends with them. It is a sweet first day of school story really. It can well complement the Pigeon story about starting school for anxious little ones! So let us finish with your last words for the post.
C: Stay tuned for more Book Bunnies adventures!