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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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You know it's a good book when: you read it 5 times in a row, find your seven year old taking it to restaurants in order to read it to other family members and then quickly buying your own copy to add to your home library. We have read this book so many times this week and we still giggle at all of the silly antics and have fun creating voices for each character. Rock may be our favorite. His gladiator tendencies crack us up each and every time.
My daughter absolutely loves [book:The Day the Crayons Quit|16101018] and [book:The Day the Crayons Came Home|23310161] . Daywalt is a wonderful storyteller who puts just enough silliness into his characters that entertains both children and adults. That's what makes this book another great selection for storytime. Rex is a new illustrator that we haven't come across yet. We loved his playful pictures that truly covered every inch of the pages. He brought ordinary objects to life in fun ways. My daughter loves spotting all of the faces on everything.
This one is going to quickly climb up the favorites charts!
The book begins, "long ago, in an ancient distant realm called the Kingdom of Backyard," there is an undefeated warrior named Rock. He looks around for a challenger to take down and finds a wooden clothes pin just hanging out on the line. He yells, "drop that underwear and battle me, you ridiculous wooden clip-man!" He proves that Clothespin is no match for his might and Rock emerges the victor. Next opponent is Apricot, and he is pinned to the ground and smooshed quite easily by Rock. Even though Rock is the undisputed winner, inside he feels unhappy and unfulfilled.
The next scenario takes place in the "Empire of Mom's Home Office". There Paper, the second warrior seeks the glory of battle. You meet Paper, a sticky note with eyes and a nose drawn on him, who has the smarts. He is branded the "smartest warrior" in the land, and he too is unvanquished and unfulfilled because nobody can outwit him in his kingdom. Paper fights the computer printer, who cries, "Noooooo! Not a paper Jam!" and the printer is toast. Next, a half-eaten bag of trail mix from the trash is up, and guess what? He is taken to the mat too by super Paper. Oh my!
Lastly, in the "Kitchen realm in the tiny village of Junk Drawer", there resides a third great warrior. Can you guess his name? Yes, it's Scissors! She swashbuckles and defeats tape and then climbs up to the freezer and defeats dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. Afterwards she wonders, "Am I so good that not even Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Nuggets can beat me?" That is amazingly good.
The three seasoned warriors have a grand smack-down event in the "great cover of Two-Car Garage!" Who will become the champion and declare ultimate victory? Can you guess? Will all three find the happiness they are yearning for and their emptiness filled?
The illustrations are spot-on perfect and this witty book is full of action, expression and fun from beginning to end. It's laugh-out-loud hilarious for both young and old. I highly, highly recommend it.
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.