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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex

Drew Daywalt’s newest picture book, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors is inspired by a game that children play all over the world. It takes an amusing look at three ‘warriors’, Rock, Paper and Scissors, as they search for an adversary who can match them and maybe even beat them in battle!

The Story: Rock, Paper and Scissors prove their strength by fighting various household and garden objects. All are frustrated by their inability to find an equal challenger until one day they find themselves together in the garage. Battle commences and each of them is delighted to find that they have an adversary that can beat them.

The characters fight their individual battles in the garden, Mum’s office and the kitchen before they come together in the garage. Their previous opponents include an apricot, a clothes peg and, our favourite, frozen dinosaurs! There is fast paced action, fighting talk and lots of humour as each character strives to achieve their goal. But despite their battles the story also leads the three characters to find happiness and a long lasting friendship.

There are so many things that we love about this book. We love the names used to describe the locations of the characters (Pit of Office Rubbish Bin, the tiny village of Junk Drawer) and we laugh at the descriptions of everyday household objects (sticky circle man, giant’s underwear). We love the fighting talk between the characters and their opponents and Adam Rex’s comic style illustrations are brilliant, we particularly like Paper’s legs and we love the illustration showing the frozen dinosaurs advancing towards Scissors. The characters’ dialogue is shown in speech bubbles and it moves the story along at a fast pace, it’s also the kind of dialogue that can be read in different voices – our Rock’s voice is deep and booming in comparison to Scissors’ very feminine and snooty style of speech.

In Germany Rock, Paper, Scissors is called Schere, Stein, Papier, we’d love to know what it’s called in other languages too! Please tell us in the comments if you know it by another name.

Age Range: 5 +

Author: Drew Daywalt / Illustrator: Adam Rex

Thank you so much to publisher Harper Collins for sending us a copy of The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors which we think is brilliant. The book’s trailer introduces the three intrepid heroes and will give you more of a flavour of the story.

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32 responses to “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex”

  1. Colette avatar

    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Colette 🙂

  2. Kate Fever avatar

    I love the idea behind this book, and the character/place names! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a brilliant idea to base a story around ‘familiar’ characters, it’s such a fun concept for a book 🙂

  3. The Breastest News avatar

    This sounds like a fab little funny story. My son loves a bit of humour in his books. One of our favs when he was smaller was Father Christmas Needs a Wee 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      I don’t think that I’ve ever read Father Christmas Needs a Wee although it was recommended on our Advent Calendar in 2015.

  4. Jemma Willson avatar

    This looks amazing-I showed my son and he wants it now! Adding to the amazon wishlist as we speak!

    1. Catherine avatar

      I hope that your son enjoys it 🙂

  5. Acorn Books avatar

    This is a great premise for a story! My son is still a little young to play the game but I know he’ll love it when he’s older. Love seeing what it’s called in different languages too! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I hope that more readers will add more different languages in the comments 🙂

  6. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    What a clever idea for a book. My boys enjoy playing this classic as much as I did #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s really clever to create a story from a familiar game and Drew and Adam have done a great job!

  7. BookBairn avatar

    Ooooo! Love Drew Daywalt’s The Day the Crayons Quit! This one sounds great too! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s very different to The Day the Crayons Quit but also a great story 🙂

  8. Shell Louise avatar

    I love the sound of this, it sounds like great fun 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love the book trailer, it’s so difficult to read this story in a normal voice after watching it!

  9. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    This sounds entertaining for the whole family!! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a fun story for anybody who is familiar with the game 🙂

  10. Erica Price avatar

    I sometimes think I am the only person in the world not to have played this game growing up. It’s still a bit of a mystery to me now as I can never remember what beats what. My son plays it regularly and I think he’d like the idea of a book involving the characters.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I’m surprised that you have never played the game! Paper wraps stone, stone blunts scissors and scissors cut paper 🙂

  11. Debbie Roberts avatar

    Hi Catherine, this book sounds like a fun book! I think it’s wonderful that such a fun book was inspired by a simple game. I bet children love acting out the characters in the book.


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really great idea to write a story based around characters that children know from a playground game. They’re really believable characters too 🙂

  12. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What a fun book. I love the descriptions of the locations and objects. I used to love playing Rock Paper Scissors when I was a kid 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up to #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

    1. Catherine avatar

      The locations have brilliant names!

  13. Kiki avatar

    Oh fab! What a lovely idea to turn the game into a children’s book. A good price too. #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a really original way to introduce children to the game 🙂

  14. The Reading Residence avatar

    This does sound fun, I like the names and descriptions!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s fabulous how Drew has given household objects and places such great personalities and names 🙂

  15. Mayken avatar

    It’s “pierre, feuille, ciseaux” in French!
    My daughter learned it in the schoolyard here in Paris.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you Mayken!

  16. Robbie Cheadle avatar

    This sounds like such a cute story.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a very fun way to personalise characters from a well known playground game 🙂