{Picture Book Review + Vlog} WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES by Ryan T. Higgins

If you want a fun, hilarious picture book, look no further than WE DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES by Ryan T. Higgins. Higgins is the author and illustrator of the popular Mother Bruce series--in fact, a new one in the series, SANTA BRUCE, comes out this fall. (I've already seen early concept art and it's already hilarious! Poor Bruce goes outside to shovel snow in his red pants suit and red hat and all the woodland creatures think he's Santa Claus!)

What I loved more about CLASSMATES was the way it snuck in some great lessons. Some kids get to the classroom and start biting or have trouble making friends. This book turns things around in a fun way and makes them reconsider the way they interact with their classmates.

On her first day of school, Penelope Rex accidentally eats all of her classmates. Children taste delicious, after all!  The teacher makes her spit them all back out, and now they're scared to play with her or sit next to her. It's not until Penelope gets nibbled on by the class fish that she realizes how her biting scared her classmates. Now, she can change her behavior and learn how to be a good friend! The book is just so sweet and fun. Kids and adults alike will be rolling around laughing over the antics of this book!

Next month, I'm given this to my nephew for his birthday, because he learned how to bite in daycare, as well as a "just because" gift to my niece, who is going to kindergarten for the first time, because I think they'll both appreciate and interpret it in very different ways! I can't wait to see what they think of Penelope's antics!

Here's a video taking a look at the story and showcasing why it's so much fun:

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Author: Ryan T. Higgins
Illustrator: Ryan T. Higgins
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Received: For Review 

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. . .