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

Many brave warriors have had to journey to strange lands to prove themselves and we have read their stories.  Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex bring us an epic origin story of three foes.  These foes searched far and wide to find the warrior fierce enough to beat them in combat.  This talented author and illustrator team have come together to tell  The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors.


The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors follows Rock, Paper and Scissors in their search for awesomeness.  What they really desire though is to find a warrior who is able to beat them, a warrior that can make them feel worthy.  From the Kingdom of Backgarden, the Empire of Mum’s Study and the Kitchen Realm, Rock, Paper and Scissors battle many warriors but it is only when they meet each other that they truly find a worthy opponent.

This is one of the funniest picture books I’ve read in ages. It’s an epic story worthy of Hollywood and you can’t help but read it in a movie trailer voice.  It’s the sort of book that kids will beg you to read again and again, and you will be only to happy to do so.

Rock, Paper and Scissors each have a distinctive personality that comes alive, both in the text and the illustrations.  Each character in the book has a different font for their voice – Rock’s is blocky, Paper’s is swirly and Scissors’ is pointy. Adam Rex’s illustrations are fantastic!  The colours he uses make the illustrations jump off the page, especially during the battle scenes.  You can see the power and emotion of each showdown.  The rockets firing and volcanoes erupting in the background just add to the awesomeness of the battle.

You will never look at the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors the same again.  Each time you play you will remember the fierce battles that were raged in order for your showdown to happen.  Grab a copy of The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors from your library or bookshop now and witness the rise of legends.

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The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

I absolutely love The Day the Crayons Quit, the hilarious collaboration between Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers about Duncan and his crayons.  If you haven’t seen this picture book you need to grab a copy IMMEDIATELY! It features letters for Duncan, written by his crayons who feel overused, underappreciated and unhappy.  When I saw that Drew and Oliver were publishing a follow-up I was super excited!  The Day the Crayons Came Home is out now and (if this is possible) even funnier than the first book.

The Day the Crayons Came home starts with Duncan and his crayons colouring happily together, when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail for him.  What follows are postcards from Duncan’s crayons that have been lost, forgotten, broken – even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a pair of underpants!  There are postcards from Pea Green Crayon (AKA Esteban the Magnificent), Neon Red Crayon, Glow-in-the-Dark Crayon and Big Chunky Toddler Crayon and many more.  Duncan must come up with a creative way to make his crayons feel included.

This is a brilliant picture book!  I couldn’t get through the book without laughing – in fact, every page had me cracking up.  It is a perfect combination of text and illustration and it’s very clever.  Drew Daywalt has given each of the crayons a very clear voice and they’re each very distinctive.  It certainly comes across how angry, upset or totally clueless the crayons are.  It’s so hard to pick a favourite crayon but I think mine would have to be Pea Green Crayon or Esteban the Magnificent as he likes to be called.  Oliver Jeffers’ artwork is stunning as always.  His illustrations are full of humour and add extra character to each of the crayons.  There are lots of little details to love about Oliver’s illustrations, from the crayon end papers, to the hand-drawn text and the use of real postcards.  One of the coolest aspects of this book is that there is a special glow-in-the-dark drawing on one of the pages that will be a lot of fun to share with kids.

The Day the Crayons Came Home is one of those rare picture books that children of all ages will love and adults will only be too happy to read it over and over again.  I know I’ll be sharing it with as many children as possible.

The Day the Crayons Came Home is available now from HarperCollins NZ.

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