Illustrations © Sue Cornelison

You're Wearing THAT to School?!

by Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Sue Cornelison Disney/Hyperion, 2013

"Oh, yes, yes!" Penelope says.

She can't wait to wear her sparkle rainbow outfit on the first day of school.

"Oh, no no!" Penelope's best friend Tiny the mouse disagrees.

He doesn't want everyone to stare at Penelope--she should try to blend in.

But will Penelope listen to Tiny's advice on what to wear to school, what to bring for a lunch, and what to share at show and tell? After all, he's a year older and has more experience going to school.

Find out in this humorous story about what happens when best friends don't see eye to eye.

This perfect back-to-school story also includes a page of helpful tips for starting school.

This perfect back-to-school story also includes a page of helpful tips for starting school.


2014 Maine Literary Award Winner in the Children's Categoy

2013 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award Winner


"Plourde's dialogue includes lots of give-and-take between Penelope and Tiny, encouraging children to join in, and Cornelison's illustrations positively revel in Penelope's outre glee. Penelope joins the ranks of other popular nonconformists, including Ian Falconer's Olivia."
Kirkus (starred review)

"Penelope's effervescence leaps from the page as she follows her own muse and learns that she's not the only outside-the-box thinker at school. With humor and sensitivity, Plourde and Cornelison underscore the importance of being true to oneself."
Publishers Weekly

"The text reads aloud smoothly . . .  Cornelison is a master of facial expressions"
School Library Journal

"The plot and story line are great and enduring. The bright, beautiful pictures are breathtaking and memorable. Readers will love and identify with the characters."
Kiss the Book Blog

"Feathery rainbow colors and expressive, cute creatures will draw readers in...a sure bet for plenty of check outs."

"Clear writing, lively dialogue, and a solid story structure enhance this title's read-aloud value."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Lively text and endearing artwork convey the beauty of individuality and the importance of remaining true to oneself."
School Library Journal-Great Books for Easing First Day Jitters

"Penelope's confidence and love of life shine through . . . Sue Cornelison's illustrations stand out with bright colours and such vivid expressions on the characters' faces you can feel their emotions."
Winnipeg Blog

"This picturebook is a very good addition to the first-day-of-school books and reveals the importance of being true to oneself."Reading Today Online-Back to School Books
"This is a charming book for a new school year that will reassure kids they can be themselves."
Mackin Books in Bloom Blog


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Book trailer written by Lynn Plourde

Illustrations by Sue Cornelison

Trailer and animation by Russ Cox/Smiling Otis Studio