We Will Rock Our Classmates
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?

We Will Rock Our Classmates Details

TitleWe Will Rock Our Classmates
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2020
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368059596
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor

We Will Rock Our Classmates Review

  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Penelope is STILL the most adorable thing ever! Definitely going to be recommending this one a lot at the bookstore.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Penelope the dinosaur is back! This time, she’s working through some self-doubt around her abilities. With her fellow kindergarten class, she overcomes her fears. This is an adorable and funny book. Both kids and adult will enjoy this book.
  • Bethe
    January 1, 1970
    Bookaday #74. Not quite as cute as the first one, there is still a lot of fun and heart with Penelope Rex and the kids of Mrs. Noodle Man’s kindergarten class. Can’t wait to read print version, although the read along version is very engaging!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Ryan T. Higgins is so creative and innovative, bringing Penelope the Dinosaur back for more adventures. In We Will ROCK Our Classmates (Penelope #2), Penelope wants to perform in the school talent show. She signs up (tiptoeing past Walter the ferocious goldfish), practices her skills, and tells her parents that “it’s going to be so great!” But...can dinosaurs even play guitar? When she gets to rehearsal, Penelope freezes on the stage, not able to make a sound. What will she do? Can her teacher a Ryan T. Higgins is so creative and innovative, bringing Penelope the Dinosaur back for more adventures. In We Will ROCK Our Classmates (Penelope #2), Penelope wants to perform in the school talent show. She signs up (tiptoeing past Walter the ferocious goldfish), practices her skills, and tells her parents that “it’s going to be so great!” But...can dinosaurs even play guitar? When she gets to rehearsal, Penelope freezes on the stage, not able to make a sound. What will she do? Can her teacher and classmates see her for her talent, and not for who they THINK she is? The messages of courage and redemption, family support, and following your dreams all converge in this one beautiful picture book for kids and their parents. Readers should make sure to check under the book jacket for extra musical fun — the book looks like an album cover and has “Side A/B “songs” listed. (This is meant for the adults who read picture books, like me.) Enjoy the real student art submissions on the end pages, too. Kids have talents you can’t even imagine and Mr. Higgins gives them credit. (What a cool shout-out!)We Will ROCK Our Classmates is an excellent addition to your classroom (or home) library. Enjoy the hilarious “Jamming Penelope”.
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  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Penelope the T-Rex is back in this second book that's just as great as the first book. When her class puts on a talent show, Penelope is so excited to rock out and wow everyone with her rock & roll skills, but when she overhears a classmate saying that dinosaurs can't rock & roll, she loses her nerve. Can Penelope prove them wrong? This is a funny take on a school story and it approaches microaggressions in a kid-friendly way. Penelope is the only dinosaur at her school, so when her classmates p Penelope the T-Rex is back in this second book that's just as great as the first book. When her class puts on a talent show, Penelope is so excited to rock out and wow everyone with her rock & roll skills, but when she overhears a classmate saying that dinosaurs can't rock & roll, she loses her nerve. Can Penelope prove them wrong? This is a funny take on a school story and it approaches microaggressions in a kid-friendly way. Penelope is the only dinosaur at her school, so when her classmates play games, she hears things like "Want to play cops and dinosaurs? You can be the dinosaur" etc. When Penelope loses confidence in her performance skills because she's never seen a dinosaur rock star, her father shows her the family photo album filled with T-Rexes that have done all kinds of amazing things.Of course, it's Ryan T. Higgins, so there are all kinds of cute and funny details in the illustrations. This one's a winner.
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  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    Your favorite t-rex, Penelope, is back.Sick of being typecast as a dinosaur in all the playground games, Penelope decides to use the class talent show as a chance to show off her love for rock and roll. But during rehearsal, Penelope suddenly gets stage fright and becomes convinced that maybe dinosaurs really aren't meant to sing, dance, or rock. With help of a pep talk from Daddy Rex and a show of support from her friends, Penelope gets the courage to rock and roll the talent show. I love Penel Your favorite t-rex, Penelope, is back.Sick of being typecast as a dinosaur in all the playground games, Penelope decides to use the class talent show as a chance to show off her love for rock and roll. But during rehearsal, Penelope suddenly gets stage fright and becomes convinced that maybe dinosaurs really aren't meant to sing, dance, or rock. With help of a pep talk from Daddy Rex and a show of support from her friends, Penelope gets the courage to rock and roll the talent show. I love Penelope so dearly and was really excited for her second outing. Though I found this book less hilarious than We Don't Eat Our Classmates, it was filled with a sweeter message and Penelope's emotions show through.
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  • Mrs Heidrich
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful follow up to "We Don't Eat Our Classmates"! Penelope is back and is tired of being seen as only a dinosaur. We find out more about the things she likes as well as we learn that she loves to play guitar; however, she's also afraid of going on stage as much as she wants to share her talent with her friends. This is a lovely story about overcoming and showing people who you are - even when that's not easy. Love it! Of course, the drawings are amazing and there's some humour in h This is a wonderful follow up to "We Don't Eat Our Classmates"! Penelope is back and is tired of being seen as only a dinosaur. We find out more about the things she likes as well as we learn that she loves to play guitar; however, she's also afraid of going on stage as much as she wants to share her talent with her friends. This is a lovely story about overcoming and showing people who you are - even when that's not easy. Love it! Of course, the drawings are amazing and there's some humour in here too! Something for everyone, so go get this one!This is a read aloud by the author followed with a drawing tutorial as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6S_S...
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I laughed out loud several times while reading this (which was a bit awkward in this very very quiet library). Thoughts: the goldfish is still ferociously scary; that is the scariest goldfish that I have ever seen, and if I were in kindergarten I would be scared of him. Penelope is wonderful and adorable, and I love her rock star outfit and how she describes her look ("wear big boots and spike my scales"). I love how she looks for her parents in the audience. I love how her dad cheers her on and I laughed out loud several times while reading this (which was a bit awkward in this very very quiet library). Thoughts: the goldfish is still ferociously scary; that is the scariest goldfish that I have ever seen, and if I were in kindergarten I would be scared of him. Penelope is wonderful and adorable, and I love her rock star outfit and how she describes her look ("wear big boots and spike my scales"). I love how she looks for her parents in the audience. I love how her dad cheers her on and supports her. I love how her friends don't always get her but are there for her. I love Higgins' art. I just love this book.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    My son and I were excited for this one, as it is Higgins' newest book. Penelope the T-rex is still in Kindergarten and is getting along with her classmates a bit better (though she's still scared of Walter the Goldfish). But the one thing she is really good at is Rock 'n' Roll! But not in front of a huge group of her peers and especially when no one believes she can do it, until she gets a little help from her friends and family. Super cute story and we loved the e-audio interpretation. Highly r My son and I were excited for this one, as it is Higgins' newest book. Penelope the T-rex is still in Kindergarten and is getting along with her classmates a bit better (though she's still scared of Walter the Goldfish). But the one thing she is really good at is Rock 'n' Roll! But not in front of a huge group of her peers and especially when no one believes she can do it, until she gets a little help from her friends and family. Super cute story and we loved the e-audio interpretation. Highly recommended for ages 5+, 5 stars!
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  • Katie Reilley
    January 1, 1970
    Penelope the T-Rex is back in the sequel to We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. She was born to rock! But when her friends continue to cast her in the role of “dinosaur” in their games, Penelope begins to feel that all she’s meant to do is be a dinosaur, and her dream of rocking out fades away. Until Daddy Rex shows her the family photo album and she sees all the great things that T-Rexes CAN do. Sweet follow up that features adorable end pages and a rocktastic case covering!
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  • Sharla Desy
    January 1, 1970
    While not as laugh-out-loud funny as the original Penelope book, We Will Rock Our Classmates is an entertaining book about self-confidence and following your passion.Penelope signs up for the school talent show, then suffers a bad case of pre-performance jitters. With the support of her parents and friends, Penelope overcomes her fears and takes the stage to fulfill her dream of playing rock and roll in front of her schoolmates.
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  • Gabrielle Stoller
    January 1, 1970
    Such fun! =) Not as good as "We Don't Eat Our Classmates" in my opinion, but still, Penelope is adorable. She wants to be a rockstar. But wonders if she can due to her being a dinosaur and all ;) It's a positive message for kids.....not letting fear hold you back. And yes, Walter the Goldfish makes an appearance ;)
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  • Kirsti Call
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely adore Penelope! This is a great follow up to DON'T EAT YOUR CLASSMATES! Ryan T. Higgin's illustrations and words come to life in this book about sharing who you really are with your friends.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Love seeing Penelope interacting with her classmates and being accepted. In this book, she wants to rock and roll at the Talent Show but loses her courage. Her dad boosts her confidence and her classmates want to join her band. Plenty of humor as this T Rex joins her human classmates.
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  • Tegan
    January 1, 1970
    Just as adorable as the first one!!
  • Sarah Krajewski
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, but the first one was better.
  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! A new classic for kids! A great read along!
  • Jill Culmo
    January 1, 1970
    The cover (under the jacket) is hilarious, and the end pages are wonderful. Higgins is a genius!
  • Mary Beth Revesz
    January 1, 1970
    Synchronized swimming mimes, brave purple markers, and Penelope the T-Rex, one of my favorite picture book characters ever, back for another tale of fitting in and standing out. LOVE!
  • Emily Long
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my kids he did it again. The kids and adults in our house love Ryan T Higgins. We met him last year at our library at an event and he is just a delight!
  • Barbara Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Another hit from Ryan T. Higgins. Penelope is the best thing since ponies. Mmmm, ponies. 😂Loved this and can’t wait to share it with my students.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    It would be hard to do better that Penelope #1. This comes in as a solid second place.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE Ryan's books. I laughed out loud through the whole book.
  • Nitza Campos
    January 1, 1970
    I was a little worried about this book because I loved “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates so very much. I was silly to worry!! This did NOT disappoint...at all. Penelope rocks!!
  • Stephanie Croaning
    January 1, 1970
    Penelope and her classmates are back in this 2nd book. Penelope helps teach her classmates that people, and dinosaurs, can have many different talents. Stereotypes are never good.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet book about confidence and being true to yourself. Recommended. Q2020 book
  • Pam Page
    January 1, 1970
    More fun with Penelope!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A couple of laugh out loud moments for me. I think I prefer this to the original...
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