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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 the Hardcover edition.
MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many enormously popular picture books. She lives in Pasadena, California.
"Captur[es] both the train's breathtaking speed and a hilarious range of rider reactions with consummate skill."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A sweet and cheerful book."--The New York Times Book Review "Kids get the ride of their lives in this visual tour de force." -- Parenting Magazine