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Monday, August 7, 2017

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, written by Drew Daywalt with pictures by Adam Rex. Balzer & Bray, Harper. 2017. $21.99 ages 4 and up

in the Empire of
Mom's Home Office,
on lonely and windswept
Desk Mountain, a second
great warrior sought the
glory of battle.

And his name was Paper.

Even though he was the ... "

You want to meet these three: Rock is best in the Kingdom of the Backyard; Paper manages to defeat all challengers in the Empire of Mom's Home Office; Scissors wins every contest in the Kitchen Realm. The cover art shows just how proud each one feels about their own personal coups.

All three are looking for a real test of their awesome abilities! Will they find a worthy opponent in the 'great cavern of Two-Car Garage? I wonder. Each sets about to accept defeat, if it should come, at the hands of another. Rock defeats Scissors. Paper covers Rock. Scissors destroys Paper. It is an endless game of one-ups-man-ship.

And that, my friends, is why -

"children all around the world -
in backyards, on playgrounds, and yes, even in
classrooms - still honor the three great warriors
by playing ... "

You know they are going to love hearing it, and you will love reading it to them. Filled with action, and commotion, and terrific language, you are sure to be asked for it on an endless rotation. The text's language is filled with expression and noise. Adam Rex uses a cunning array of backdrops for the battles. It's a great performance piece!

And now, you can teach who don't yet know the game how to play!

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