A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Concepts of legend and origin story. Rules of rock, paper, scissors game. Idea of battle and force and how objects can triumph over others.
You can use your strengths to help you.
Positive Role Models
Rock, Paper, and Scissors are confident in their abilities and seek to challenge themselves with worthy opponents.
Violence & Scariness
The book's a succession of battles, silly as they are. Opponents get smooshed, cut up, and broken in graphic battle scenes.
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Rock calls an apricot "a fuzzy little butt." Warriors put down others with silly trash talk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors is by Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit) and Adam Rex (School's First Day of School), two best-selling kings of clever who once again showcase their sharp wit. The book imagines the origin story of the popular kids' game, showing how Rock, Paper, and Scissors came to battle each other and who vanquishes whom. There are battles galore with some mild, silly trash talk. For instance, Rock commands a clothespin to "[d]rop that underwear and battle me, you ridiculous wooden clip-man!" and calls an apricot "a fuzzy little butt." Kids who feel squirmy with quieter picture books will laugh out loud at the raucous, action-packed humor, and cheer on their favorite warrior.
Is It Any Good?
There's lots of rollicking good fun in this book that imagines the origin of the kids' game rock, paper, scissors as a classic legend, complete with warriors, kingdoms, and epic battles. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors is filled with serious silliness. Paper battles a printer and wins by causing a paper jam. Scissors challenges a tape dispenser by saying, "Let us do battle, you tacky and vaguely round monstrosity," while the tape dispenser vows to use his "adhesive and tangling powers."
The human-like warriors are fiercely funny, and the raging battles are announced in all caps, as if shouted from the ring: "ROCK VERSUS APRICOT! PAPER VERSUS HALF-EATEN BAG OF TRAIL MIX!" There’s also some giggle-inducing underwear and butt humor. So who's funnier and more clever, author Drew Daywalt or illustrator Adam Rex? That battle may be a very happy draw.
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