It may not be theme park season any more, but this detail-filled picture book is worth looking at even if you’re not prepping your 48″ tall kiddo for his or her first roller coaster ride.
The illustrations are wonderful…it’s like you’re there, experiencing the movement of the coaster cars as they zoom, whoosh and loop-de-loop, feeling the rush of wind as the coaster zips past. Each car is occupied by a pair of people whose facial expressions demonstrate a whole range of emotions, including some unexpected ones from some unexpected people. You can read this book start to finish as many times as there are couples and see a different story every time.
This is a great book for talking about emotional literacy and reading facial expressions for kiddos who struggle with that skill. The author also employs lots of onomatopoeia, if you’re looking for instructional examples. And of course, if your little ones are preparing for a first ride like the main character in the story, they’ll feel like roller coaster riding experts by the end of this energetically illustrated book.