New Children’s Picture Book: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors – Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Adam Rex

This is hands down the most hilarious read-aloud so far this year. Adam Rex’s illustrations give boisterous life to bestseller Daywalt’s smack down tale. Entirely fresh, it looks like another winner from the author of The Day the Crayon’s Quit. Three starred reviews.

Put on your battle pants, indeed.

 “Many challengers enter the storytime arena, but do they have the verbal dexterity, illustrative finesse, and plotline punch to captivate a crowd of voracious toddlers? Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex’s collaborative entrant The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors has all that it takes. Our titled trio each loves a good fight, but their constant wins amongst household foes have dulled the allure of victory. All that changes when rock, paper and scissors cross paths. Put on your battle pants, it’s time for the fight to end all fights! Gorgeously expressive and endlessly quotable, we are indeed entertained.”
— Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

Daywalt’s text, set in a range of expressive fonts, combines the heightened verbosity of vintage action comics with the swagger of backyard scuffles (“I hope you’re wearing your battle pants, rock warrior,” warns Scissors), 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 reviews)

“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)

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors (9780062438898) by Drew Daywalt, Drew and Adam Rex. $17.99 hardcover. 4/4/17 on sale.