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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  5,939 ratings  ·  1,192 reviews
You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began . . .

Long ago, in an ancient and distant realm called the Kingdom of Backyard, there lived a warrior named ROCK.

Meanwhile in the Empire of Mom’s Home Office, a second great warrior sought the glory of battle. And his name was PAPER.

At the same time, in the Kitchen Realm, in the tiny village of Junk Drawer, liv
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
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Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I mean, it's not a shock that this book is great. It's Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. But I don't think I expected it to be THIS great. Chances that phrases from this book are going to enter my family lexicon: 190%. This book is hilarious, the illustrations are hilarious, the premise is hilarious, reading it aloud you sound like a comedy genius, and you'll have to keep pausing because the kid next to you on the couch is laughing so hard. PLUS you can end with something like, "And that's why you shou ...more
A great mix of Fantasy and Wrestling in some ways. This book was fun to read and the nephew loved this story.

We have 3 kingdoms, each with its own warrior. These are battle hungry people. Rock is especially aggressive. They defeat all the warriors in their own kingdom and they go looking for someone who will beat them. The Kingdom of the Mom’s home office looks especially brutal.

This was very cute and I couldn’t help but smile.

The nephew thought this was hilarious. He gave this a enthusiastic
Jill Pickle
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I'm surprised this book is getting so much love! I had high expectations, of course--Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex is like my dream team. Unfortunately I almost could not get through a full read-aloud I was so frustrated. This book was unfocused, meandering, too long, inexplicable, the tone is aggressive/cruel, and did not ring true to me as kid-friendly.

Yes, there were funny lines--often meant for the adult readers. Peaches do look like fuzzy butts! Adults will recognize the butt emoji thing and be
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #11 of 2017.

Tara: 4.5 stars. Fun!

Harry (12): 5 stars. Awesome title. I like the line, "Scissors versus Dinosaur-shaped Chicken Nuggets" and how every character fights bizarre things.

Hank (11): 3.6 stars. I like the humor in this "legendary" story and I like how they each get to
Jon Nakapalau
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At last it can be told! Three warriors who seek to battle - now they must face each other as the universe trembles!
Hilarious word play. This is a fantastic read-aloud to share with kids.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Completely cuckoo-pants, and I loved it! The true story of how the rivalry of Rock, Paper, and Scissors came to be legendary, completely with hilarious illustrations! I had to knock a star off, though, because I am such a prude when it comes to picture books and there's some slightly crass language, like "butts." ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
The dramatic effect of this book with legends, battles, and duels creates great excitement and enthusiasm in children reading this or listening to this book. Everyone knows how to play rock, paper scissors, but did they know the legend behind it? This book is sure to be a favorite of youngsters everywhere and will lead to many more games of rock paper scissors shoot as a result.
Sarah Darkwood
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS THE GREATEST KIDS BOOK EVER if you read it in the right voices. I haven't felt this pleased with a kid's book since I read Dragons Love Tacos. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
To check out my reviews:

I discover this picture book through an article about this particular Librarian and her recommendations for those who want to read a book. She recommended that every one of all ages should read this book and I believe her! This book is truly meant for children and if you are able to tap into your inner child then you can learn to appreciate this short and sweet story. The title of the book is self-explanatory and I won't reveal muc
Katie Lalor
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! A funny take on the creation of the game Rock, Paper, Scissors. Also, great word choice and tone. In the beginning, students can analyze the sentences for phrases, clauses, and types of sentences...oh joy!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I’ve been eagerly looking forward to visiting the library to read this picture book after recently discovering the author through his other well-known picture book The Day the Crayons Quit. The premise of this book was a great idea to explore, and I’ll admit that a grin crept on to my face a couple of times as I read it, but I finished the book with an overall air of disappointment. Why? Because as an aunt who often babysits her toddler niece I know how quickly kids pick up attitudes and focus o ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Can I give this book all the stars?? I mean, if my heart was a confetti cannon - it would be exploding with joy right now. This is one of the most innovative, entertaining, brilliant, hilarious, and fun picture books I have ever read! While I think it might go over the heads of the storytime crowd - early elementary school students will get a kick out of this and their teachers/librarians/media specialists (or really any adult with a sense of humor) will love reading it aloud. Seriously, if you' ...more
Marjorie Ingall
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are a grownup or a child who does not find this utterly hilarious, I do not want to know you. Various rando items battle for supremacy with rock, paper, and scissors (bold choice not to use commas in the title, Balzer + Bray), all bellowing cheap-o kung-fu movie dialogue. I am particularly fond of the dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets screaming BOW BEFORE OUR CHILD-PLEASING SHAPES AND FLAVORS, SWORDMASTER! at scissors.

I am almost tempted to have another child so I can read this to them.
Katt Hansen
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
A violent tale about fighting for superiority that I couldn't seem to like no matter how many times I read it. It could be considered somewhat cute and funny, given what it's supposed to be about. But the whole time I read it, I kept thinking that I wouldn't want my children to read this book, and didn't share it with them when I had it out from the library.

Am I being too prudish? I don't know. But I don't like values shown here. So I personally don't like it.

On a more intellectual level? The ar
Julie Carpenter
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, fantasy, 2017
I went with my youngest daughter on a field trip to the library. The children's librarian read this book to them and we loved it. I was laughing out loud, the kids were all giggling and the other adults were all looking around giving each other the eye, you know the one...this book is hilarious and killing me, how clever is this author. Honestly, this was really clever to explain where the age old game of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' came from. And who hasn't ever played it? Especially to determine w ...more
Maxwell Rae
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A New York Times Bestseller and rated number nine in the Goodreads Best Pictire Book 2017, I had high expectations, and I was not disappointed. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, it just has that X factor. There was something about the pictures that made me babble loudly, and mummy laughed out loud at the absurdity of the words, but she said she enjoyed reading it out loud. Might have to add this one to my “to-buy” list.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very funny and kinda blurring the bounds of typography and illustration in a way I liked. Also, the moral is that the three main characters finally were happy when they found their battle equals? Beating everyone is boring? Which I appreciated.

Also, the valiant warrior PAPER defeats the vicious PRINTER with a PAPER JAM.
Rod Brown
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Spending my wife's birthday reading through a small pile of picture books together. (1 of 5)

This is just plain stupid fun. It shouldn't work, but it totally does. Fun to read out loud, with several laugh-out-loud moments. Best book of the day!
Carrie Damon
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG this book is hysterical! A must for reading aloud, and perfect for teaching personification.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books
This was one of the best, most adorable children's picture books I've ever read! I think everyone should read it. <3 ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Meet ROCK,



Oooooh - you just know something's gonna happen when these three finally get together!

Learn the origins of the epic battle that continues to this day!

(If you're as easily amused as I am, this one will have you in stitches.)

PS - This one made my inner child laugh like a hyena.

Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
This book is so much fun! The graphics are great, but what really drew me to this book was all the adults buying this book for themselves at my bookstore. ;) Definitely one to add to your home library!
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
:( I was excepting too much I think.. I loved the both books of Drew (The day the crayons Quit and came home ..)

It did not made me laugh as the other books, but I am sure kids will enjoy it a lot.
Beth Bermani
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Laugh out loud hilarious. Loved it. This will be my book of choice for school visits. I already have my Rock voice down pat!
I can see this going over well in an elementary read aloud session. It is fairly gimmicky and a little long, so it won't get a permanent spot on my storytime shelf. ...more
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
Very amusing book, probably more entertaining for adults. "Are you not entertained?" lol ...more
Holly Mueller
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun! Kids will enjoy this. I can see giving it away at a PD to the winner of the Extreme Rock Paper Scissors ice-breaker!
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loooooved this. The illustrations were great, the language was hilarious, appropriate for adults and kids.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookshelf-c, picture
Rock, Paper, Scissors! You've grown up playing this childhood game, but did you ever stop to wonder how it came about. This legend is incredibly hilarious and fun to read. It follows each challenger around the house as they face various adversaries. Each is trying to find an opponent who is greater and can ultimately defeat them.

You know it's a good book when: you read it 5 times in a row, find your seven year old taking it to restaurants in order to read it to other family members and then qui
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Ever since his childhood in one of Ohio’s most haunted houses, writer director Drew Daywalt has been writing escapist fantasy and building worlds of his own. With a degree in Creative Writing, and a concentration in Children’s Literature from Emerson College in Boston, Daywalt set off to Hollywood where he spent years writing for Disney and Universal on such beloved shows as Timon & Pumba, Buzz Li ...more

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