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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152057447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152057442
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 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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Format: Paperback
As a teacher I am always looking for examples of great writing to show my students. I got this book originally for my son, but plan on using it in the class for sure. It is the perfect example of great descriptive writing. Instead of just saying, "I waited in line for the roller coaster. The ride was fun and scary. I can't wait to do it again," this is a book filled with wonderful visualizations and language that takes the reader ON the coaster with you. I currently teach 2nd, but taught 5th for years, and would use this for any grade.
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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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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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We LOVE this book! My first grader recently had his first real roller coaster experiences: first one that wasn't too scary or fast, but he LOVED, and second, a huge wooden coaster that was too fast and too bumpy for him. We ordered this book based off of some of the "you may like this also" recommendations Amazon makes, after reading several of the reviews.

This is a perfect book for this age group. Just as a story, it's very fun, engaging, and imaginative. The illustrations are fantastic and I love the amount of detail that is put in to help convey the individual emotions and actions the story describes. From a learning/teaching standpoint, we also ordered a copy of this book for my son's classroom. The story takes a relatively simple concept and brings it to life, without being totally overwhelming. This is a great learning tool- the story is short and sweet (I was worried it would be very wordy because people said it's so descriptive and helps kids learn to expand their ideas into a full story), but the vocabulary brings it to life. Also, the text sprawling across, around, and all over the pages really helps bring these words to life! My 3-year old really enjoys it, as well as a couple of my son's older friends who read it with us.

I'm so glad we bought this for ourselves and for my son's teacher!
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This is a well written and beautifully illustrated children's book. I bought it to read to my grandchildren, and now they are reading it to me! We absolutely love looking at the pictures, over and over. We talk about each person standing in line and then we decide who of our family is who in the book. The kids fall asleep each time with smiles on their faces. I will do everything in my power to keep this book safe, so that someday ... my darlings can read this book to their grandchildren as well. We just love this book ♥
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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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Great book. Words zip and zoom across the pages, and there are great illustrations. Children need to use inferencing to really understand the story, but of course the adult reading the book with the child can help with this!
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