We Don't Lose Our Class Goldfish (A Penelope Rex Book #3)

by Ryan T Higgins (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Penelope Rex faces her biggest (and fishiest) fear in this companion to the #1 New York Times best-selling We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins.

Penelope Rex has one fear: Walter, the class goldfish. So when Mrs. Noodleman tells the kids that they'll be taking turns bringing Walter home, Penelope gets carried away by her anxious imagination.

The weekend has a rocky start--from Walter ominously licking his lips to a sleepless night where the fish's bowl appears to move closer and closer to Penelope's bed. But then Walter goes missing!

Penelope must face her fear to find him and realizes along the way that there's more to Walter than his chomping jaws.

Join Penelope Rex in her other adventures:

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

We Will Rock Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Everyone's favorite tyrannosaurs, Penelope Rex, is back for her third outing. Having learned not to eat her classmates and how to rock the talent show, this latest adventure sees Penelope taking her turn to host the class pet, Walter the goldfish, at home. Even though she is the only dinosaur in school, Penelope has big feelings just like her classmates. There are a number of things that make Penelope feel scared, with Walter chief among them. When it is finally Penelope's turn to take the goldfish home, all she can see are his menacing fins, unblinky eyes, and bitey teeth. However, when Walter goes missing, Penelope summons all her courage and, in the process, discovers that maybe Walter isn't so bad after all. As in previous titles, Higgins employs comical dialogue, impeccable pacing, a surprise ending, and a superb message of support to young readers that validates their feelings and offers encouragement to confront what frightens them. Pair with Is This Your Class Pet? by Troy Cummings for double the class pet fun. VERDICT Another hugely successful outing with Penelope and highly recommended for purchase.--Olivia Gorecke

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Higgins perfectly captures Penelope's seesawing emotions, the highest highs and the lowest lows.—Kirkus (starred review)
Ryan T Higgins
Ryan T. Higgins (ryanthiggins.com) is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor; Hotel Bruce; BE QUIET!; and Bruce's Big Move. He lives in Maine with his wife and kids and lots of pets.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 28, 2023
A Penelope Rex Book
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
Library of Congress categories

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