We Will Rock Our Classmates
We Will Rock Our Classmates

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Series: Penelope Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Readers will twist and shout for this headbanging companion to the #1 New York Times best-selling We Don't Eat Our Class... more
Catalog Number: #216928
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Hyperion
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-368-05959-7 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8131-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-368-05959-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8131-2
Dewey: E
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
Penelope the T. rex has gotten over chowing down on fellow students (We Don't Eat Our Classmates, 2018), but she chafes at being typecast as a dinosaur whenever the others, who are all human kids, want to role-play. Unfortunately, her determination to show them that she can be more by rocking out at the upcoming talent show hits a sour note when she freezes up during the rehearsal. Maybe dinosaurs can't really sing or play guitar or be anything but dinosaurs. As in the opener, Dad's got a pep talk waiting at home. And so a rock star is born. Though she towers over her notably diverse schoolmates, Penelope looks anything but fearsome, sporting the shiny eyes and blunt, squared-off nose of a plush toy (even under heavy stage makeup). The ferociously scowling class goldfish Walter cuts a more fearsome figure at is, until the curtain goes up on the climactic scene. Whether or not Penelope comes in first ends up not mattering too much rceptive readers will understand that winning wasn't (and shouldn't be) the point.
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2 Penelope is back from We Don't Eat Our Classmates . Penelope is the only T. rex in her school, where she loves to play, read, draw, and sing with her guitar. However, everyone tends to remember her first unfortunate days of gulping down her classmates and see her only in the role of dinosaur in their games. Signing up for the school talent show is difficult and scary. Her thoughts keep returning to words she heard as she first took the school stage"Can dinosaurs even play a guitar?" After days of agonizing, and a memorable talk with her dad, Penelope realizes that being a T. rex is only part of who she is. With surprise, she discovers that her classmates actually want to be part of her band. Colorful digital illustrations with ink and graphite feature speech bubbles that enhance the dialogue, while full-page scenes detail Penelope's world at school and home, e.g., a moment of low self-esteem shrinks her to a small circle of light within a double-page spread of darkness. Penelope's feelings are easily identifiable in images of eyes bright with tears from sadness and insecurity or shy smiles of pride. VERDICT A thoughtful and humorous story. Penelope's latest adventure is a welcome addition for young readers and a suggested first purchase for all libraries. Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Having learned We Don’t Eat Our Classmates (2018), Penelope the T. rex is now trying to rock them…in the school talent show.Even though she’s the only T. rex in the school, Penelope at times feels overlooked. The other, human kids typecast her as the dinosaur in all their pretend play, but Penelope’s so much more: She reads and draws, and she longs to share her rock-’n’-roll music with her classmates. But the first day of rehearsal—a day of elation, excitement, and plans—leads to disappointment and self-doubt. Her father’s pep talk helps her remember she is much more than just the T. rex everyone sees. And the next day, as she’s gathering her courage—Walter’s fishbowl is next to the sign-up sheet (readers of the previous title will get it)—some classmates ask to join her band, which is just the push she needs. Higgins perfectly captures Penelope’s seesawing emotions, the highest highs and the lowest lows. The school is one of the most diverse found in picture books, with kids of all skin colors and ethnicities, several girls in hijab, a boy in a kippah, and kids using forearm crutches and a wheelchair. Hopefully the endpapers will serve as springboards for readers to declare and illustrate their own talents.While not as riotously funny as Penelope’s debut, it comes with a much more meaningful message. (Picture book. 4-8)
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School Library Journal Starred Review (5/1/20)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Readers will twist and shout for this headbanging companion to the #1 New York Times best-selling We Don't Eat Our Classmates.


Penelope is a T. rex, and she's very good at it. She also likes to rock out on guitar! With the school talent show coming up, Penelope can't wait to perform for her classmates. But sharing who you are can be show-stoppingly scary, especially when it's not what people expect. Will Penelope get by with a little help from her friends?


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