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We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Hopefully you already know Ryan T. Higgins from his quartet of books about Bruce, the curmudgeonly bear who heads out looking for a meal and ends up with four goslings imprinting on him. Higgins's illustration style is cinematic and dramatic and his characters are completely engaging. His storytelling is wryly charming. That said, I wasn't sure I could open my heart to a non-Bruce character from Higgins when I first read We Don't Eat Our Classmates. While she may be a little T. rex wearing pink overalls and an expression of worry on her face, Penelope has a fierce appetite. Whether it's ponies or the 300 tuna sandwiches her dad packs for her lunch, Penelope cannot resist a delicious morsel, especially when it comes to children. On her first day of school, Mrs. Noodleman firmly lets Penelope know that we, "DON'T EAT OUR CLASSMATES," instructing her to spit them out immediately. The following two-page spread of a room full disgruntled of children covered in …

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