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Roller Coaster

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  651 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. Twelve people set aside their fears and ride a roller coaster, including one who has never done so before.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Turtleback Books (first published May 1st 2003)
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Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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People line up to ride a roller coaster and the reader gets to follow a little girl as she goes through the whole process.

We picked this book up because of the topic and the cover art was cute. We arrive at the amusement park where the roller coaster dominates the scene. A little girl and her dad are the focus of the book as she has never ridden on a roller coaster before. There is this subtle sense of anticipation that is also tin
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim Erekson
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
This is right up there with the best visual work I've seen from Marla Frazee. She isn't at her strongest when she's in charge of both words and pictures, but her best visual strengths are clear for me in this book. A cinematic, almost IMAX picturebook! In her first two pages she gave me no less than sixty-nine unique figure drawings. On the next page turn, she pulled out all the stops and gave me the expanse of a full coaster filling the spread. The back and forth between the figures and the dyn ...more
Lisa Vegan
Well, I love roller coasters and I enjoy bringing kids for their first rides.
Steve Holden
I've long used this book to connect with young students - it shows/tells of a very similar and engaging experience for them - and then get them thinking of the physics behind such a fun and frightening adventure. We spend time within our standards on forces and motion, and of course, gravity, and this fun tale gets the topic up for discussion in exciting ways.

As a picture book. this one has wonderful, witty details. This one can certainly be enjoyed and discussed without reading any text. I als
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I just loved this! Funny, because I can't stand roller coasters...
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
Fun to read at a marble run storytime.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. And yes, after reading it, I wanted to find the nearest roller coaster and ride a few times! Wonderful illustrations that tell the story along with the words.
Goshen PL Childrens
Family Science Night - May

Perfectly fun ride about a first roller coaster ride!
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
Alyssa Calhoun
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My AK students loved, loved this one....which means this librarian did too!
Meghan Takayoshi
This book explains the experience which people get when they go on a roller coaster. The narrator gives a detailed synopsis of what people feel during a roller coaster, the sounds people hear during a roller coaster, and the rules of the roller coaster. This book is very detailed and the language which the author uses makes the book seem like a reliable source if someone wanted to know what riding a roller coaster might be like. The book uses different sounds to describe the motion of the roller ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Drew Graham
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
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
Stephanie Croaning
The text of this book uses easily understood language and takes us through all the steps of riding on a roller coaster. Our main character is a young girl, riding for the first time. The author doesn't focus or even identify her until the very end. We get to live, through the illustrations, all the different experiences that people have. As the ride gets going, the illustrations make you feel part of the ride. Be sure to note the expressions on all the rider's faces; I love the older couple!

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
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Kandice Buck
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will either be mirrored or looked through a window from the children. This book has great details and is entertaining if you have ridden a roller coaster before or if you have not. It discusses the different emotions and how different people feel before riding the roller coaster. This book is about going to the amusement park and explains how in each line there is at least on person who has not ridden the roller coaster before. This a great book to read to the children because it is fu ...more
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
Alys Munoz
• Students learn about Onomatopoeias, and use it in their writing
• They learn to use descriptive words
• New Vocabulary Words
(21) Oral and Written Conventions/Conventions. Students understand the function of and use the conventions of academic language when speaking and writing. Students continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to:
(C) distinguish among declarative and interrogative sentences
(19) Writing. Students write about their own experiences. S
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
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-library
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
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.
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.
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
August 2016 - a new favorite, I even catch Ben reading this one to himself: "They're waiting in line for the roller coaster!" (He usually prefers to be read to, instead of looking at books alone). I always love Marla Frazee's pictures, and in this one she has a great sense of motion and speed. It definitely does not change my opinion about roller coasters, but Ben loves it - he saw a real one at Oaks Park recently and was fascinated. Definitely one of his favorites of the summer.
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.
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
Jenna Arntz
I enjoyed reading this book. The author uses really expressive language to describe what the roller coaster looked like and how it sounded. I also liked that the font was different sizes and different colors. The illustrations were also very well done. I would read this story to my elementary school students.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, storybook
3.5 stars rounded up for the fantastic illustrations that really capture the feelings of everyone in the story.

The story is not so much a story as a reporting of the steps involved in riding a roller coaster. It was OK, but really, it is the illustrations that make this book worth the extra star.
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