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K-Gr 2—Roland the wave suffers from being separated from friends by a big ship. When he reaches the coast where he expects his life to end, he realizes that he is not just a wave, but the whole ocean. The idea of interconnectedness is commendable, but the text doesn't express it in a child-friendly way. As soon as Roland realizes he is the ocean, we see him in rivers, but also in puddles, sinks, and even tears. This will be confusing to readers with no understanding of the water cycle. The illustrations are indistinct; it is difficult to determine what some spreads depict. The last line of the book ("You're like Roland and you'll always be rollin' along. The End?") reveals an admirable message, but the end product falls short.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY

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"How Roland Rolls contains profound truths written in simple and moving prose for children. Jim Carrey speaks authentically and authoritatively about courage to challenge limitations and the freedom that ensues. Jim’s success as an artist and humanitarian is an eloquent testament of the truths he reveals in How Roland Rolls."
--Jack Healey
Human rights activist and pioneer
Former Director, Amnesty International


“Philosophers and scientists struggle to understand cosmic consciousness, but Jim Carrey explains it with elegant simplicity to the child in all of us. We are the ocean rolling along as Roland the Wave becoming raindrop, river, cloud, and becoming the life throb of ages dancing in us this moment.”
--Deepak Chopra
Author, Teacher, Physician


“Jim Carrey does for children what he does for adults, using humor and light- heartedness to reveal deeper insights. Like all great fairy tales, How Roland Rolls addresses ultimate truth in a fanciful package. Bravo.”
--Marianne Williamson
Author, Teacher


"Carrey’s created a charming, fun to read, beautifully illustrated book with Roland the wave as a metaphor for the interrelatedness of everything in the world."
--Jane Fonda
Actress

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Some Kind of Garden Media; First Edition edition (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989368009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989368001
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How Roland Rolls is Jim Carrey's first book. It's aimed at children aged four to eight. Over the past 20 years, Carrey has made us laugh with his comedic films (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty), provoked us with his serious ones (Man on the Moon, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and enchanted us with his family fare (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mr. Popper's Penguins). Now he entertains, enlightens and inspires with How Roland Rolls. The book charmingly and wittily presents the universal truth of humanity's interconnectedness and unity through the metaphor of a wave in the sea. Roland, the wave, is afraid that "one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he's struck by the notion that he's not just a wave -- he's the whole big, wide ocean!" Carrey demonstrates his artfulness with the text, and award-winning illustrator Rob Nason provides glorious visual accompaniment everywhere you look in the 68-page book. Carrey, who is also an acclaimed fine arts painter, is a true artist, and a stickler for detail, which is evident in How Roland Rolls. Carrey's motivation is to bring "the children and their grown-ups together" in a meaningful experience. At this crucial historic moment, Carrey's message couldn't be more important, or his execution more compelling and delightful. How Roland Rolls is destined to be a children's classic. Kudos, Carrey!
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Went to the local store to check this out and see if it would be suitable for my kids and to my surprise, this is an excellent book. The illustrations are amazing and the overall message behind the book is great for children and parents both!
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"How Roland Rolls" is my dream book as a parent. I am always searching for books that not only entertain my children and create a love of reading, but also provide deep, meaningful messages. This delivers all of that and more. Jim Carrey and Roland's silly faces made my kids laugh! They had all of their friends making the faces. I loved this book so much that I read it in my daughter's classroom and the kids were so incredibly attentive that their teacher was shocked. They laughed, they had fun, and they really understood the underlying messages. GENIUS!
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Roland the wave has big plans and lots of friends out in the ocean. But waves come to a crashing end at the shore, and he knows he's heading there soon. As he hits the sand, he realizes that he's not just a wave but a part of the sea - a part of all of the water on earth. He's much bigger than just a wave.

Being aware of our inter-connectedness with others and the whole universe is part of the abundance consciousness movement promoted by many of the modern-day enlightened teachers. In How Roland Rolls, kids see that Roland is not limited by his thoughts, but is actually much bigger than those thoughts. He's capable of being whatever he wants to be.

It's important for kids to believe in themselves and see the many options they have in life, but I don't feel this book presented this concept in an easy-to-understand manner. Parents may need to spend some time explaining the story's intention. The large and bold illustrations are nicely done, and Carrey makes cameo appearances in cartoon fashion.

Reviewer: Alice Berger
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I liked what this book was about and the artwork seemed different than usual. However my son (4-years old) was not that into it. When I read it to him he likes it okay, but he doesn't read it like he reads is other books. Maybe there is too much going on with the artwork and it's distracting to him.

Over-all, I recommend this book for perhaps an older kid, like 6-8.
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Family loves reading this. Not as polished as most well put together children's books. But love the part of wide ocean message. Truly disappointed Fire Marshall Bill was missing from the storyline. "Lemme Show you Somethin"!!!
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I just read this at the book store ...absolutely wonderful! The pictures are brilliant and the whole story itself is just extraordinary. Roland the wave realizes he is part of something bigger, we are all connected and does so, in such a fun way that will inspire kids (and parents)! It is now on my recommend list for moms. Enjoy! (Amazons price is much better than the store, so I am purchasing here)
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By Kik on March 6, 2014
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My daughter is only 4 1/2 months old, so obviously I don't read this to her to get a reaction about the meaning or anything... but for now she really REALLY loves all the illustrations. Some of the best I've seen in a children's storybook so far (although like I said, she's just a little baby so I don't have a ton of books yet!)

It's a bit inconvenient with the pages that fold out, but seeing as it's not exactly meant for infants, I'm certain it won't bother us later :p

I personally think its great to have a children's storybook that has a very different take on death than just heaven. Will definitely be referring back to How Roland Rolls as she gets older and the time comes to talk about what it means :)
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