“Click-click-clacking up the track. Sinking lower, peering back. Slowly climbing to the top. Edging closer toward the drop.”
A timid young boy joins his eager father for a ride on a roller coaster. After zigzagging through the line, the pair boards the DinoCoaster for a fast-paced ride that takes them lurching and tilting upside down, round and round. When the roller coaster finally comes to a stop, the excited young boy is ready for another ride…but his queasy father has other ideas.
Diane Adams’ simple, rhyming roller coaster adventure will thrill young readers, while artist Kevin Luthardt’s highly expressive, comical, full-color illustrations capture the sensations of the rollicking ride.
“[Luthardt’s] amusement-park palette and boldly geometric acrylics pop with energy…it’s a triumph that youngsters won’t mind reliving several times over.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The text, which consists of brief rhyming couplets, successfully carries the action. Luthardt’s quirky acrylic cartoons make effective use of bright colors and crisp lines and should have substantial child appeal….the story could be an effective discussion starter for overcoming fears.” ―School Library Journal
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2006
The Best Read Aloud Picture Books ―Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Amusement Parks, Fear, Parents, Roller Coaster
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV057000 JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse
BISAC 3: JUV005000 JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men