Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Classic Confrontation! The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt

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

Rock was the strongest in all the land, but he was sad because no one could give him a worthy challenge.

Rock is rowdy, rough, and reckless, ignorant of the challengers who live just beyond the bounds of his fiefdom in the Great Manor House--the mythic heroes, Paper and Scissors.

In the Empire of Mom's Home Office rules the powerful Paper, whose joust with Computer Printer ends with Paper's best tactic--the Jam. And in the Kitchen Realm, in the tiny village of Junk Drawer, dwells Scissors, who easily holds sway, sharply besting Freezer's icy minions, dinosaur-shaped frozen chicken nuggets. These Champions of the Indoor Domain are also spoiling for the Battle of the Century.

Word spreads throughout the Known World that a detente has been declared until the three mighty conquerors can meet on the field of honor, the Wasteland of Two-Car Garage! In the Battle of the Century (um, make that several centuries,), it's a showdown between mythical opponents who, it must be said, live on in legendary lore as the iconic Keepers of the Peace among kids, providing a fast and peaceful, not to mention hands-on, method of settling disputes.

Two kings of picture book comedy combine their powers in The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors (Balzer and Bray, 2017) in the, er, blockbuster book of the season. Author Drew Daywalt, the venerated Chronicler of Crayons (in his mega-hits, The Day the Crayons Quit, and sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home) tells his tale of the battle of the titans well, with his mighty comrade in arms, stalwart artist Adam Rex providing the boldly clever and comedic warriors whose deeds will keep kids in gales of giggles. The critics can't bestow enough accolades for this one, passing out enough stars in their reviews to keep Daywalt's and Rex's family escutcheons long shining brightly in the picture book firmament.

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