|Mary Ann Rodman. Roger Roth, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||34 / 2012|
Zach doesn't like roller coasters, but his grandpa is a big fan who was known as the "Roller Coaster Kid" back in his day. Each summer when they go to Oceanside Park, Zach plays it safe and rides the Ferris wheel with his grandma, in this story for readers up to 8 by Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award winner Mary Ann Rodman. After Grandma passes away, however, Grandpa can't seem to find the joy in their annual vacation; mustering his courage, Zach decides to ride the Whipper, a very scary roller coaster. Will it be enough to raise Grandpa's spirits? With his painted illustrations, Roger Roth perfectly captures the characters' expressions, while his depiction of the amusement park will conjure warm memories for many readers.
"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 Reviews