Book review #286 – Roller Coaster #bookaday

Roller Coaster book coverby Marla Frazee
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 2.2
4 out of 5 stars

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!

This would be a great book to use to model sequencing and predicting. It’s fun to meet the characters in line, form an idea of who they are, and then follow them throughout the ride to see how they like the experience. You could also read this book to kids before their first trip to the amusement park. It really is a great introduction! This is a well-crafted book all around.

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