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A wave named Roland 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! ...more
Board book, 64 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Some Kind of Garden Media
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Peter Millett
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's no surprise that the world's biggest kid can write books for kids. This is not some commercial cash in, but rather a story that has no doubt been bubbling around in the author's mind since his childhood. They say write what you know, and hopefully this is the first of many more books we will see from the zany universe of Jim. ...more
Jennifer Hines
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This was a cute book with an adorable storyline. I figured I'd toss it right in and therefore read it as a bedtime story. There were a few parts I found quite strange, but my kids loved it. I have kids aging between two and eleven and my oldest thought it was funny.

I have to admit I've always been a fan of Jim Carrey's acting career, but not all of it is exactly child friendly, so it's a pleasure to get to introduce him
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Kate Murray
Oct 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Every time my son asks me to read this book, I want to stick a fork in my eye.
Kimberly Walton Mayden
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The man of many faces, superstar actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, has succeeded once again! Carrey’s first children’s book is a gem in a mine of books from famous celebrities. His new book includes meaningful content, rhyming prose and sparkling illustrations will appeal to all children, parents and teachers.

The main character, Roland, serves as a metaphor. He is a wave in the middle of the ocean who fears that when he crashes upon the beach, he will cease to exist. Along his journey he encounter
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World of Ink Network
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was sent this book by Jim Carrey's PR firm and I'm glad they did. One I am touched to see Jim didn't go the traditional route in getting his book in print. Instead he went the indie route. Kudos Jim! He also enlisted a very talented illustrator to help him make this book not only wonderful, but Jim Carrrey wonder as Jim himself posed for many of the Roland faces you see throughout the story, not to mention his own image from time to time.

The story is written in rhyme and well done. Of course t
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Tyler
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was shocked when I saw this book in the store. Partly because I never knew Jim Carrey was writing a book, and partly because I couldn't believe how strange it looked, even coming from someone with his reputation. I understand a comedian writing a wacky book, but this was to a whole new level of wacky. The book is all over the place, which is fine for a children's book if it is done right, but in my opinion this one isn't. It seems like he never read it twice before publishing it, and the bigge ...more
Jesse Henning
Oct 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
every once in a while i find a picture book that i, a twenty-five year old man, cannot understand. this is one of those books.

it's about a wave with eyes knocking over boats that jim carrey caricatures sail - two things that will keep me from ever visiting the ocean again.

i've also never seen such a high-quality (read: thick paper, high resolution printing) book be so amateurishly typeset.

horrible.
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Kris
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is kinda sweet, and I get what it was trying to do, but the art is, I guess the best word is amateurish, and the font is distracting. The whole thing looks self-published. It's not bad, but it's also not great. I get what Carrey was trying to do, but it's not completely successful. ...more
Cassandra Gelvin
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Rollin', rollin', rollin', RAWHIDE

What on earth? What made Jim Carrey think he could write? He can't. I'll tell you that. His poetry is very cliche, and very forced sounding. The whole thing is in poetry. Also, although the artist has good technical ability, everything in this book is very trippy-looking. It looks like Wyland dropped some acid, painted these, and then put googly eyes all over everything.

The story just meanders. It doesn't go anywhere until the very end. There's a wave named Rola
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Unorthodox Mama
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jim Carrey is a house hold name, one many think of when they are looking for a great laugh.
I was a bit surprised to find out he had put out a children’s book.
I shouldn’t of been surprised. Jim might just be the perfect person to write for kids.
What surprised me was the fact the book wasn’t funny, instead it was beautiful and had a meaningful story behind it.

Jim wrote the book but also took photos of facial expressions for the illustrator to use, and included them in the back of the book. Talk ab
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Briony
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Naturally a 5 Star review for one of my all time favourite people. My parents bought me this book for Christmas because of my love of Jim Carrey. I'm currently 23, but I'm not going to deny how much I enjoyed it. It was a creative and cute story with the vibrant illustrations making it exciting and pleasing to the eye. I recommend this book to any parent looking for a new bedtime story, or to anyone like me, who enjoyed reading it aloud to her Mother first thing this morning.JulY ...more
Miley Smiley
This is a great book! Jim Carrey is not only a great actor but now an award winning children's book author. 'How Rolland Rolls' is a story about a wave who's afraid that life will be over for him when he reaches the beach. On his journey Rolland realizes that he's much more than just a wave. This is a great book to read with students because it tells the story of how you are so much more than just you; everyone, like Rolland, is meant for bigger and better things. ...more
Michelle
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! I wasn't sure what to think initially when I found out Jim wrote a children's book, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book has beautiful illustrations that are a little quirky but unique, a great message to kids & it has some weirdness to it & I love that! It's not your average, lifeless, stuffy kids book. It is absolutely wonderful & I can see this becoming a favorite bedtime story for us! ...more
Kayla
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to enjoy this book...it looks cute, the title is catchy, and with Jim Carrey as the author, you figure it has to be funny, right? Not so much. The story is all over the place at times, and some of the illustrations are actually pretty creepy, eyes floating around in the ocean and whatnot. I think I kind of get the message Carrey was going for, but it got a bit lost.
Attila Cthulhuson
Nov 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is probably the worst picture book I've ever read.

The illustrations are terrible, the font is horrifically over-the-top and hard to read in most cases, and the story didn't seem focused. I could pull out several points it wanted to make, but with a children's book of this length it works best when there is focus.
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Alanna Burris
Sep 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really did not like this book. The illustrations and pages were strange, just like the story. I didn't like how the words changed fonts or how when the pages expanded, the word 'seen' was in glasses. I felt like the story was never going to end and it lost my attention. ...more
Lydia
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-kiddies
This book was rather surprising, coming from someone like Jim Carrey. I found it to be so beautiful and subtly profound. It really has a great message.
Jane
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, I loved it :-)
Callie
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great children's book with beautiful colored pictures and a great positive message! ...more
Alexa
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing
This book is so cute! I went to the book signing and my cousin is the one that let him practice his jokes at the end of the school day!
Archit
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A cute and adorable read.

Indeed, the famous actor and comedian Jim Carrey has succeeded wonderfully in bringing up the child in his readers.
Beenish Moeed
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Our lives are a series of pandora boxes, each set of box contains a series of challenges, and this cycle keeps on repeating until you reach some sort of understanding of the pattern and its lessons, by the time you reach the shore, you realise you've actually transcended those fears, peeling off layers of false sense of self to true sense of self and welcome the new life- wonderfully described,happy reading :)
(Parents may go through as a pre-read of stages of spirituality) or aptly put by Deepak
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Kati
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-life
This put into easy to understand, written for the youngest crowd, the interconnectedness of all life, how we are all just individual waves in the ocean of the universe. It's a concept I'm having a hard time grasping, but this fun picture book by Jim Carrey put it in such simple terms that it's impossible to mis-read. ...more
Marlene
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun and exciting story about the life of a wave in the sea. There are pictures in the back of Jim Carrey making the faces used to draw the many faces of Roland the Wave with a challenge to children to make their own Roland faces, take a photo, and send them in.
Frankie La
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.
Jim Carrey has it all.
Kids love the beach and water and so it is totally relatable.
Joe Loncarich
Oct 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Because Jim Carrey doesn't believe in vaccinations. ...more
Chay Collins
Feb 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Nightmare eyes
Muhamed
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I like the idea behind the book
Simon Sweetman
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book for kids, sure. But the best books for kids are for adults too - and often we miss them and miss out on them when we're thinking they're just for kids. ...more
kim
Dec 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
holy moly this book is bad. the illustrations are horrid and the text is poor too
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James Eugene "Jim" Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian American actor and comedian. He has received two Golden Globe Awards and has also been nominated on four occasions. Carrey began comedy in 1979, performing at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto, Ontario. After gaining prominence in 1981, he began working at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles where he was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, wh ...more

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