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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152057447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152057442
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

All sorts of people ride roller coasters, people over a certain height that is. Marla Frazee zooms in on one pony-tailed girl who has never experienced a roller coaster before, ever, in this start-to-finish ride. The anticipation builds much like it does in real-life: "S-l-o-w-l-y the train is pulled up the hill by a chain. Clickity, clackity. Clickity, clackity. Up. Up. Up. And then..." As the train zips and zooms and dips and dives, the pony-tailed girl in the very front seat loves every minute, or almost. In the end, "Most of these people are dizzy./ Some of them have wobbly knees./ But at least one of them is planning/ to ride the roller coaster again." Frazee's crisply detailed watercolor drawings of waiting people, happy people, terrified people, and dizzy people are fun to peruse. Youngsters who are Disneyland-bound (or who would just like to be) may be the best audience for this minute-by-minute replay of a roller-coaster ride. (Ages 4 to 7) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Get ready to dip, dive, whoosh, and zoom away on this delightful ride. Frazee handily captures the anticipation and excitement, as well as the fear people experience on these amusement-park attractions. The young protagonist is just tall enough to ride the colossal roller coaster, and it's his very first time. The faces of the diverse crowd waiting in line are quite expressive, and the exaggerated lines of the illustrations add to the lightheartedness of the story without sacrificing the realism. Frazee's humorous touch is perfectly suited to the simple story line, and when the ride gets going, the artist uses plenty of white space to set off the bold and exciting entertainment. The action is swift and palpable, with the text winding, dipping, and even turning upside down to follow the roller coaster's thrilling path.
Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is a fun book with great illustrations.
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My son is 2.5 years old and he loves this book, at least for now.
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I use this book to teach 3rd graders about force and motion.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think I've finally pinpointed what it is about Marla Frazee I like so very much. It isn't her choice of stories necessarily (though after reading through her "New Baby Train" I know she has excellent taste). It's her people. Somehow or other she managed to give every tiny person in her books a distinct and completely original personality. I can't figure out how she does it either. The ultimate example of this has to be her fantastic 2003 creation, "Roller Coaster". Taking a concept so simple that I'm wondering why thousands of other authors hadn't thought of it first, Frazee walks us through the process of riding a roller coaster. From the first moments of anticipation to the final plunge and disembarking, our author/illustrator has taken a simple concept and turned it into picture book gold. Whether you've a kid fascinated by roller coasters, deeply afraid of them, or has never even HEARD of such contraptions in all their days, "Roller Coaster" is designed to delight and amuse.

A long line of people appears at a fairground. Ahead of them is a roller coaster named, "Rocket". As the line gets closer to the front, "Lots of people change their mind about riding the roller coaster at the very last minute". At long last, twelve lucky people climb into the cars. Some of them are excited while others appear calm and collected. Suddenly we're watching the people on the ride as they experience a simple variety of twists, turns, and loop-dee-loops. The passengers (each pair has their own particular story) deal with the roller coaster in a variety of different ways. The tough guys feel ill. The couple who appear to be on a first date snuggle closer as the ride goes on. The elderly couple in the straw hats adore every wild minute.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My 4-year-old LOVES this book! It captures perfectly the trepidation, anticipation, excitement, chills and thrills of riding the roller coaster. The build-up of the story and the illustrations (especially the old couple in the second seat of the coaster) are fantastic! A great summer read, particularly if you're anticipating a trip to the amusement park.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Pike on July 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My husband designs roller coasters, and I wanted to get a book for our son who, someday, is going to be riding them! (He's 7 weeks old today :) This is a great book for kids who may be a little scared of roller coasters, and who need to know exactly what happens from waiting in line to getting back in line after the ride is over! Easy read and great pictures!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 2uBoyz Mom on October 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
My boys (ages 5 and 3) love the story about riding a roller coaster. The pages showing the whole roller coaster ride are their favorite ones. They love to trace the coaster's path with their finger. When we read the story they act like they are really on the coaster taking the turns and loops with the people on the pages.

Beautiful artwork and colors. Pages could be framed art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Ampfer on October 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I borrowed this book from the library to prepare my kids for a trip to the amusement park It has become my 3 year old's favorite book, so I am buying it! The story describes the 'roller coaster experience' perfectly and the illustrations are excellent with many fun details to talk about with your child. This is a delightful children's book - not too saccharin or silly - definitely worth buying and at a great price too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Boyer on September 9, 2010
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In picture books recommended for ages 3-7, I firmly believe a book's primary goal should be to instill a love for reading through enjoyment/entertainment. In my opinon Marla Frazee has met or exceeded that goal in Roller Coaster. What a superb book! The text is simple but effective and excellent at following the pictures. But its the illustrations that carry the story---absolutely some of the best drawn people I've seen since Robert McCloskey's (Blueberries for Sal, Homer Price, Junket, Make Way for Ducklings). Marla created her coaster riders with such gentle humor; to watch the faces on these individuals as they stand in line, ride the coaster and then get off is pure fun. Like the little girl at the end of the book who gets off and runs to get back in line to ride again, I found myself going back to the first page as soon as I'd finished the last one. This is a book to enjoy over and over-- with a child or with your "inner child".
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By Teacher on April 21, 2014
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Good mentor text for writing instruction and modeling writing traits such as rising action in a plot, leads, and sound effects. My students liked it.
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Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a photo or Christmas Ornament of a Roller Coaster for a Design on my son's 50th birthday. He has loved the roller coaster and Amusement Parks since he was a little boy. I decided this would be a fun theme for his party. I could not find an ornament so I started looking up books on roller coasters. This was the first book of eight that I found and the best illustration that I could copy onto the top of a sheet cake. I loved the book and decided to purchase it to give to him to add to his celebration memories and added it to his gifts from his Mom. I sdecided to check at our town Library to see if they had the book, they did and I picked it up that afternoon. I knew if I could draw it on paper I could do it on a cake. He also loves traveling to where the warm weather is and Marta Frazee's story fit that interest as well. besides icing, I used pineapple leaves and Chinese corn to make the palm trees, Lego candies for the coaster tracks, a gate & picket fence ornament with a sign to the beach, an airplane ornament............ It came out great! Thanks to Amazon and to Marta Frazee for my FUN CREATION!
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