Project Description



by Diane Adams
illustrated by Kevin Luthardt

“Click-click-clacking up the track. Sinking lower, peering back. Slowly climbing to the top. Edging closer toward the drop.”

A timid young boy joins his eager father for a ride on a roller coaster. After zigzagging through the line, the pair boards the DinoCoaster for a fast-paced ride that takes them lurching and tilting upside down, round and round. When the roller coaster finally comes to a stop, the excited young boy is ready for another ride…but his queasy father has other ideas.

Diane Adams’s simple, rhyming roller coaster adventure will thrill young readers, while artist Kevin Luthardt’s highly expressive, comical, full-color illustrations capture the sensations of the rollicking ride.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN:  978-1-56145-332-0
Publication Date: 3/30/2005
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/4″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-683-3
Publication Date: 2/1/2013
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/4″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: Amusement Parks, Fear, Parents, Roller Coaster
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV057000 JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse


“[Luthardt’s] amusement-park palette and boldly geometric acrylics pop with energy…it’s a triumph that youngsters won’t mind reliving several times over.”  ―Publishers Weekly

“The text, which consists of brief rhyming couplets, successfully carries the action. Luthardt’s quirky acrylic cartoons make effective use of bright colors and crisp lines and should have substantial child appeal….the story could be an effective discussion starter for overcoming fears.” ―School Library Journal


Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2006

The Best Read Aloud Picture Books ―Curriculum Materials Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead

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Meet the Author

Diane Adams is an art and writing teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands. She lives in California. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Kevin Luthardt is the author-illustrator of several books, including Larabee, Peep! and Flying! He is an artist and muralist whose work appears in galleries and other venues. He received a BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He lives in Illinois.