The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

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From the Kingdom of the Backyard, Rock searches for an adversary that might best him, meanwhile Paper and Scissors set off on their own quests for competitors.


New York Times Bestseller! 5 Starred Reviews!

"Will have listeners in stitches." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Purely absurd, sidesplitting humor." —Booklist (starred review)

"Demands bombastic, full-volume performances." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Perfect for a guffawing share with younger sibs or buddy read." —BCCB (starred review)

"The sort of story that makes children love to read." —School Library Journal (starred review)

From acclaimed, bestselling creators Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, and Adam Rex, author-illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, comes a laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors.

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The award-winning author of The Day the Crayons Quit and the best-selling illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich present a laugh-out-loud tribute to the fictional warriors who invented a classic childhood game. 250,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062438898
Characteristics: 48 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Rex, Adam - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Rock Paper Scissors


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nmaryann Aug 08, 2017

Drew Daywalt writes a hilarious and dramatic tale of how the great legends rock, paper, and scissors came to meet and, of course, battle in the cavern of Two-Car Garage. Rock hails from the Kingdom of Backyard, Paper’s territory is the Empire of Mom’s Home Office, and Scissors resides in the Kitchen Realm. Rock, paper, and scissors are each invincible in their respective kingdoms—smooshing Apricot, jamming the Computer Printer, battling Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Nuggets—and must leave their realms to find worthy opponents! Rex’s illustrations perfectly express the outrageous drama of Daywalt’s narrative. This book will appeal to children of all ages!

DBRL_KatieL Jul 10, 2017

The story opens in “The Kingdom of Backyard,” where the great warrior Rock is unsatisfied with his conquests; there are no opponents who present enough of a challenge for him. In other distant lands (“Empire of Mom’s Home Office” and “Ream of Kitchen”) Scissors and Paper are facing similar problems. All three venture to “The Great Cavern of Two-Car Garage” in search of worthy challengers. When they meet, an epic three-way battle begins, one that is still going on today. (Don’t worry, no one gets hurt.) The text is laugh-out-loud funny, and the illustrations are mesmerizing.

Th3L1brar1an Jun 24, 2017

Finally! The backstory of Rock, Paper, and Scissors - what were they up to before they found each other? Funny, great illustrations - perfect for kids that are a bit older or to ensure that the adults reading have a good laugh.

May 11, 2017

Beautifully illustrated, extremely clear concept but maybe limited audience. I think my 8 year old grandson would enjoy but my 4 year old granddaughter might not really "get it".

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