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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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Meet the Author: Drew Daywalt
Drew Daywalt is an award-winning, New York Times #1 bestselling children's author whose books include THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT and THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME. Drew loves to play Rock, Paper, Scissors, but most of the time he can't decide fast enough which one to pick, and ends up making some bizarre shape with his hand that looks like a weird octopus with a hat. He'll claim Weird Octopus with Hat beats everything, but don't let him pull that nonsense on you.
Meet the Illustrator: Adam Rex
Adam Rex is the author of many books, including Cold Cereal and Unlucky Charms, the first two books in the Cold Cereal Saga; the New York Times bestselling picture book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, the middle grade novel The True Meaning of Smekday (now a major motion picture from Dreamworks, Home); and the teen novel Fat Vampire. He lives in Arizona with his wife.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors has 5 Starred Reviews
"Purely absurd, sidesplitting humor that kids will gobble up." — ALA Booklist (starred review)
“A closer-to-perfect pairing couldn’t be imagined. Everyone wins!” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Forget reading aloud—this story demands bombastic, full-volume performances.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This is the sort of story that makes children love to read.” — School Library Journal (starred review) “Kids will snicker reading this!” —BCCB (starred review)
★ “Cheeky humor and prideful asides will have listeners in stitches. A closer-to-perfect pairing couldn’t be imagined. Everyone wins!” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
★ “The earnest gravity of the fighters’ quests paired with the mundane setting and melodramatic tone are perfectly balanced to produce a brand of purely absurd, sidesplitting humor that kids will gobble up.” (Booklist (starred review))
★ “Daywalt’s text, set in a range of expressive fonts, combines the heightened verbosity of vintage action comics with the swagger of backyard scuffles, and Rex composes wildly dramatic battle scenes against backdrops of thunderstorms, erupting volcanoes, and missile launches. Forget reading aloud—this story demands bombastic, full-volume performances.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
★ “While kids will snicker reading this on their own, it’s perfect for a guffawing share with younger sibs or buddy read, followed, of course, by a rousing game of Rock Paper Scissors.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
★ “Laugh-out-loud funny and outrageous at times, this read-aloud will have listeners jumping out of their seats. This is the sort of story that makes children love to read.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
’The title and cover image are enough to get you giggling all on their own. But the epic battles depicted by children’s book powerhouses Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex are sure to have us in stitches.” Best Books of the Month (Brightly)
From the Back Cover
I hope you’re wearing your BATTLE PANTS!
You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of the three great warriors who started it all . . .
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What also brings giggles are words like "underpants"--just saying the word is likely to get any four or five year-year-old dissolving into shocked laughter. My grandson also adopted Paper's watch phrase, "Wait. What!?" Which then allowed his mother and I to explain what a "private joke" was.
If you're looking for lessons-to-be-learned, you'll have to work hard. Here are a few you could derive from the text:
1. Winning all the time stops being fun if you don't have a challenger equal to your skills.
2. Different people have different skills where they excel (Rock wins on pure strength, Paper by cleverness, Scissors with her unexpected snipping action).
3. Competition does not have to be angry--after Rock, Paper, and Scissors finally get together the continue a "glorious" and "joyous" competition because they finally have a chance of losing.
But, I had to work hard to pull those out, and it would probably ruin the experience to pull out morals.
"The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors" might be low on lessons learned, but it is high on delight.
Just added it to "read to self" library and the students just can't get enough of this book. Now that the legend has been shared this timeless game will continue for generations to come.