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Roller Coaster

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  375 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Clickity, clackity.
Clickity, clackity.

The roller coaster car is going up, up, up to the highest spot. And at least one of the people in the car has never ridden on a roller coaster before . . . ever. Wheeeeeeee!

Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published May 1st 2003)
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So cute! I love Marla Frazee's illustrations and her penchant for detail, humor, warmth and diversity is all on display here as a little girl prepares for her first ride on roller coaster. It's great how the story focuses on her, yet you also get to experience how many other people approach a ride on the roller coaster. (I got a chuckle out of the buff, manly-man chickening out at the last minute; and loved the adorable elderly couple and the sweet young Asian couple on the roller coaster ride)....more
Jun 29, 2011 Carolynne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Malinda, Kathryn, Abigail, Gundula
Shelves: picture-books
I love Marla Frazee! I first encountered her work in _A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever_ (Caldecott Honor Book), which was a wry, humorous look at sleepaway camp, and just today have read _Hush, Little Baby_ and this one. The story is simple--a brave little girl and her Dad get on a roller coaster along with a bunch of other people. But the design of the book is splendid: without setting foot in an amusement park you feel the swirls and whirls and swoops of the roller coaster and by the e...more
Drew Graham
Most everyone has experienced the thrill of riding a roller coaster. At the same time, everyone's experience with riding a roller coaster, whether for the first or hundredth time, is all their own. In this story, one little girl takes her first ride, along with a handful of a variety of ridegoers, with mixed results.

Marla Frazee's first book was actually not a baby book (though that was how we first discovered her). This short and funny journey of a group of roller coaster riders is a great illu...more

Preschool - 1st/2nd gade

This is the story of a little girl who works up the courage to ride a roller coaster for the first time. The illustrations and text do a great job of taking the reader on the roller coaster ride along with the little girl. I love how Frazee has the text hang in the air like a car waiting to go over the edge. And, her illustrations race along and capture each moment perfectly. For an older group I might ask the kids to design/draw a roller coaster, name it, and wr...more
Lisa Vegan
Well, I love roller coasters and I enjoy bringing kids for their first rides.
A ride on a roller coaster complete with the anxious anticipation and thrilling sensations is vividly portrayed, along with the varied reactions of its riders in this colorful picture book.

The sound effects, music and Rubinate’s chipper narration are an excellent complement to Frazee’s bright and vigorously composed and detailed graphite and watercolor illustrations. On the double page spread where the entire roller coaster is first seen (1:30 into the 2d track, 6th and 7th page), the narrative...more
Jul 24, 2009 Shel added it
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Frazee, M. (2003). Roller Coaster. New York: Harcourt, Inc.


As a picturebook, Roller Coaster introduces its reader to the process of riding a roller coaster, from waiting in line before, to the rules about height, to the decision over whether to scream and hold up your arms, to having wobbly legs after. While a number of different types of people choose to ride the roller coaster (and some decide not to at the last moment), the reader is most closely positioned with a young girl who is...more
Courtney Dyer
A delightful telling of a little girl’s first ride on a roller coaster. The story follows her emotions as she anxiously waits in line, is s-l-o-w-l-y pulled to the top of the tracks, and then zooms down, up, and around until the ride finally comes to a halting stop. Frazee does a phenomenal job of capturing the anticipation, excitement, and even fear as people experience these thrilling attractions. This story is a great mentor text to use for teaching small moment stories.
This simple book describes a roller coaster ride. The large print moves with the motion of the roller coaster. The illustrations feature realistic and identifiable portraits of different riders. Children will enjoy the onomatopoeia. The movement of the text also makes the book appropriate for developing print awareness.
Elizabeth Littleton
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee follows a girl and her dad through their experience of riding a roller coaster. It is an excellent mentor text to use for teaching writing skills including BME, sequence, voice and sentence fluency. For younger students I would read aloud this book to have students identify and give the main idea of the beginning, middle and end of the story. To demonstrate voice, I would have the students pay attention to the facial expressions and body language in the illustratio...more
A wonderful book to read aloud or for story time. Kids are captivated by the simple tale of a girl who rides a roller coaster for the first time.
This will be lots of fun to share with students about trying new things...considering that I do not like roller coasters at all!!
Not only is Roller Coaster a terrific book to use with children, I've used it in professional development. It's a great story to use to illustrate letting go and taking a risk. With Common Core standards, there are some practices we need to let go.... and just jump on and ride. Remember, there are others riding with you! Kids and adults love this book. Rollercoaster was Frazee's first book she authored and illustrated... and she does an excellent job of telling the story in pictures and in words...more
I love Marla Frazee's illustrations so much, and this would probably be a really fun one to read aloud.
Marnie Turman
Great story for small moments also used for intro to STEM lesson on force and motion.
Extremely expressive - Marla Frazee is a master artist - she paints the picture with words as well as art!
Summary: A girl rides a roller coaster for the first time in her life. She is scared at first, but by the end of the ride, she wants to go on it again.

Uses: great read-aloud story, a good example for onomatopoeia in literature, recommended independent reading for early readers, recommended for students who like or are interested in roller coasters

Literary Devices: onomatopoeia and imagery

Social issues: overcoming your fears

Other: fun illustrations, a good example of ways to make predictions be...more
25 months - O loves to ask for a Roller Coaster ride which in her opinion is sitting in her stroller or on her trike and having some one push her in a jerky side to side motion going fast. Almost colliding into things and veering away at the last second. So I thought this book would be great for her to experience what a real coaster was without taking a ride. Very well written and great graphics. There is a build of anticipation and feelings as the cars slowly hit the top... then the long pause....more
A great summertime book! I love how the tension builds in the story and how my daughter reacts to the anticipation of it all. I even admit to feeling a little giddy as I read it aloud! The best part? Although the "main" character is a little girl who has never ridden a roller coaster, every other character illustrated seems to have a story of their own going on. Which might be why as soon as this ride is over, my daughter wants me to read it again and again and again.
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. The twins kept calling it a train, and I suppose it looked like a train, so I can see why they liked it so much. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
Eric Summers
A simple story talking about people lining up and then eventually riding a roller coaster. The beauty of this book lies in the illustrations, there are a dozen different people on the coaster and it is fun to watch them as they proceed through the experience, especially the nervous little girl who is riding a coaster for the first time.

Not much use for instruction, but a good real aloud for younger students.
Jul 22, 2010 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Becky by: Jenn Sechler
I am becoming a HUGE fan of Marla Frazee. This simple book uses lots of white space to capture the zoom and whoosh of riding a roller coaster. Kids will likely identify with the little girl who is riding for the first time, but the facial expressions and reactions of everyone on the coaster are worth studying and enjoying. I especially liked the two big dudes who were totally green by the end!
Sue Pak
This is a great book to talk about force. No where in the book does it mention any scientific terms; however, you can easily start a lesson on force with this book. Force, friction, centripetal force, Newton's laws.

It's also a book that children can have some connections to. A good way to connect the idea of force with the children's experiences. Appropriate for 2nd to 4th grade.

Drew Paige
Great story and illustrations by Marla Frazee. It teaches children about patience subtly. Sometime we have to wait in line and then slowly climb to the top of the roller coaster. I felt the exhilaration from the illustrations like I was riding my first roller coaster. Life can be a roller coaster sometimes and this would be a great story to entertain children.
Megan Richards
There is little words to this book, but not that many are needed. This book is about action, about the movement of a roller coaster, and the many different reactions people have to them. The people represented on the roller coaster vary from age, gender, and ethnic, and their reactions to the movement will surprise the readers in the end.
Sarah Kiesche
This is a cute book, I love the illustrations! The story tells the experience of riding a roller coaster and shows how one rider is scared of the experience. There's a lot of sound words, so this would be a great book to introduce onomatopoeia to students. Could also be used to discuss new experiences, fear of the unknown. Grades K-2
Katie Jelinek
This book was a fun read as it illustrated the fact that in life, there are going to be some challenges that you find yourself in, and the only way to get through them is to not give up but rather experience them. That way you are able to learn from you're mistakes and move on to bigger adn better challenges and experiences.
This is a really fun book if you have a young child who has been to an amusement park (or is anticipating a first visit). The illustrations are fun and although the story is simple the illustrations show that roller coasters are not for everyone. My four year old just loves this book and has it memorized after a few reads.
A creative way to explain the first time riding a roller coaster.
If I had a little kid that I was taking to the amusement park this would be a great book to read with them. It uses fun phrases and places to show exactly what can happen on a roller coaster. Cute, fun, interactive, this is a great book for children.
Kathy Pollock
This story is about the experience of riding a roller coaster for the first time. The illustrations are done to show the movement of the coaster. Marla Frazee uses lots of movement words and descriptive language. I think this is a great mentor text to help students with descriptive language.
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