A grandfather and grandson share a special love
Zach and his grandpa love all of the same things . . . except the roller coaster. His grandpa once rode it one hundred times! But Zach doesn't like the roller coaster. So when Grandpa goes on it every summer, Zach goes on the Big wheel with Grandma. She understands. But one summer, Grandma is gone and Grandpa is not the same. He misses her terribly. So does Zach.
But he also wants his grandpa to be happy again. What will it take? Maybe a ride on the roller coaster? Heart-warming and uplifting, here is a story for every family that loves and cares for one another.
Mary Ann Rodman has won both the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for writing. She lives with her husband and daughter in Georgia.
Roger Roth has done illustration work for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives with his wife and daughter and two dogs in Pennsylvania.
When the time is right, youll face your fear, Zachs grandmother tells him as they ride the Ferris wheel after he refuses to ride the Whipper roller coaster with Grandpa. Rodmans (Camp K-9) moving story of grief and intergenerational ties then skips ahead a year; everythings different. Grandmas gone. Forever. Hoping to cheer up Grandpa, Zach suggests they ride the Whipper. Im facing my fear, but I sure dont feel brave, thinks Zach, who is angry afterward when his grandfather doesnt praise himas Grandma would havefor braving the ride. In a candid conversation, the two confide for the first time that they miss Grandma, resulting in a breakthrough in their relationship. Rodman gives the story just the right measure of emotion (Grandpa smiles. Not like he used to, but a smile all the same), while underlining the importance of mourning and communication. Well-tuned to the narrative, Roths (Star of the Week) detailed and delicately drafted watercolors capture the nostalgic aura of the seaside amusement park, Zachs ricocheting emotions, and his deep bond with both grandparents. Ages 4up. Illustrators agent: Andrea Cascardi, Transatlantic Literary Agency. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information
Praise for The Roller Coaster Kid by Mary Ann Rodman:
"Rodman gives the story just the right measure of emotion, while underlining the importance of mourning and communication." Publishers Weekly
"Presented with warmth, sensitivity and a light touch, this story demonstrates the human need for sharing and support ... and emphasizes the need for communication and comfort." Kirkus
"Pleasant pencil-and-watercolor illustrations contribute a comforting aesthetic to this well-intentioned tale..." School Library Journal
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