Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt - ESSENTIAL

Daywalt, Drew The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, illustrated by Adam Rex. PICTURE BOOK. Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins), 2017. $17.99. 

This is the origin story of the oft-played game, Rock-Paper-Scissors. Rock hails from the realm of Kingdom of Backyard, Paper from the Empire of Mom's Home Office, and Scissors has spent her life in the Kitchen Realm. But none of them has found an opponent truly worthy to battle in their respective lands. It is only after they each venture forth on their own, seeking new challenges to face, that they find one another--and discover warriors with skills worthy of true battle. 

This book is, in a word, hilarious. I found myself literally laughing out loud, maybe in tears at some points, at the exploits of Rock, Paper and Scissors. The text is genius and Rex's illustrations are absolutely on point. Kids and adults alike will love this book. Aside from being brilliantly hilarious, it could lend itself to some fun writing prompts about origin stories of other stories, games, etc. 

EL (K-3), EL--ESSENTIAL Reviewer: TC

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