Lu’s Reviews: The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex

Awhile back, I shared on Facebook that Lu and I had a serious business planning meeting. Lu has big ideas for Lu and Bean Read, and most of them are more creative than anything I’d ever come up with. One of her ideas was to start a video series called Lu’s Reviews, where she would share short reviews of some of her favorite books. Well, today we are happy to bring you Episode 1, featuring one of our latest favorites: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex. Enjoy!

Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

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Lu’s Review

This is a book about three warriors called Rock, Paper and Scissors, and they are unchallenged. One day they meet each other and fight! And then they all beat each other, and they’re so happy that someone beat them that they’re best friends forever.

I think the moral of the story is: don’t try to win everything or else you’ll feel lonely in life and also try to make new friends. Also, try to make friends that challenge you.

I like this book because it’s really creative. Also, there are some really funny parts. Like this one part where Scissors goes up to the fridge and fights these frozen dinosaur chicken nuggets. There are some other funny parts too, but that was one of them that I really liked.

I would recommend this book to kids who want to learn big words or know big words. Also, kids who like to laugh a lot.

Happy reading!

Where to get it

At your local library

Start summer off right with curated books from Addison Reads

We are gearing up for summer here at Lu and Bean Read. Yesterday, we shared our exciting new Summer Book Hunts that will keep your kids searching for (and reading, of course!) new books all summer long.

Today we get to share the exciting news that we collaborated with our pal Samantha Munoz from Addison Reads to create a series of Summer Book Boxes.

Summer Book Boxes

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Animal themed books summer book boxesSummer Book Boxes

The Summer Book Boxes are Samantha’s brainchild. She curated themed summer reading packs for kids reading at all levels. Different packs are available for kids aged 0–3, 4–6, and 7–12. Simply choose the pack that is right for your child and start creating memories while fostering your little one’s love of books.

The most exciting news (for us)? Samantha invited us to help curate the “big kids” box for readers of middle grade material.

The most exciting news (for you)? Use the code LUANDBEAN to get 10 percent off your purchase over at!

The Summer Book Box theme this year is…Animals! We can’t wait for you to dig in to these books, so we decided to round up a few of our other favorite animal-themed books. (Don’t worry—none of these books are in the Summer Book Boxes. We wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise!)

Get excited for the surprises in the Summer Book Boxes with these other animal books

For ages 0-3

Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton

Hippos Go Berserk! was one of the very first books that landed on the girls’ bookshelves. I received it as a baby shower gift. Now we’ve read it so many times that the binding is broken. But unlike many of our board books, this one still isn’t packed away. When a bunch of hippos decide to throw a party, things get wild! Each page adds more hippos, teaching both counting and addition skills. Although your babies may not catch on to that, they’ll like that it rhymes and it’s super funny. Plus, it’s fun to say “berserk.”

For ages 4–6

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson

Gaston is one of our favorite picture books of all time. It’s the story of a family of teacup poodles named Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La (that makes me laugh every time) and Gaston. Gaston is a little different from his sisters. He has trouble learning the way of the poodle and he looks suspiciously like a French Bulldog. One day Mrs. Poodle and her brood run into a family of French Bulldogs in the park that has a pup who looks suspiciously like a teacup poodle. The families realize there has been a terrible mistake and have to sort out what it truly means to be family. Gaston is sweet, funny and beautifully illustrated. Bonus recommendation: last year, the author/illustrator duo released a sequel all about Gaston’s pal Antoinette!

For ages 7–12

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Once you start reading middle grade literature, there are fewer books with animal protagonists. Flora and Ulysses offers such a wild cast of characters that it’s not so surprising one of them is a squirrel. Flora is a self-described cynic struggling with her parents’ divorce. Her life takes a turn for the better when her neighbor accidentally sucks a squirrel into her vacuum cleaner and turns him into a rodent superhero. A rodent superhero who writes poetry.

For young adults and adults

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

There isn’t a summer book box for young adults or adults, but why not throw in a recommendation for us, too? A boy, a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a tiger are stuck in a boat. Sounds like the start to a bad joke, right? It’s the premise of Life of Pi, a spectacular tale of a boy’s struggle to survive after a shipwreck strands him with a menagerie of companions who may be more than what they seem.

Want more great recommendations like these?

Purchase a Summer Book Boxes and Addison Reads will send you a curated crate of animal-themed books right to your door. Your box will include:

  • three books
  • book tote bag
  • surprise bookish items
  • access to secret resources, questions, and activity ideas online
  • invite to the parent Facebook community

Don’t forget to use code LUANDBEAN to receive 10 percent off your order! Hop on over to Addison Reads to get your book box today!

Summer Book Boxes

Review: Watersong by Tim Canna and Richard Smythe

A few weeks ago we shared a review of Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins, a book that made us laugh at the main character’s failed attempts at making a wordless, artistic picture book. This week we’re sharing Watersong: a picture book that is (sort of) wordless and very artistic, which we liked just as much.

watersong by Tim McCanna

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Not quite wordless, Watersong is actually onomatopoeic. Drips and drops of falling rain pitter patter on the water, on wings and on trees. They splatter and splutter into puddles. They splosh and swish onto forest animals. As the wind picks up, they gurgle and bubble downstream, until whish! Wash! Wham! They crash over the waterfall. A fox observes the creation of this spring Watersong, until finally he sees the forest sprout, bloom, grow. The final two spreads are a celebration of the rewards of waiting patiently through a rainy spring.

At first glance, this book may appear best suited to preschoolers who will appreciate the simplicity of the story and the lyricality of the text. There are several things here for older readers, however: vibrant illustrations that bring spring to life, a storyline that unfolds without help from the text, and back matter that offers more information about water and its impact on our lives and the natural world.

It’s wordless, artistic, and informative, too.

The details

Written by: Tim McCanna
Illustrated by: Richard Smythe
Published by:  Simon and Schuster
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