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My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car

July 5, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

What will you drive if your dad drives a roller-coaster?

From Crab Hill Press, this delightful storybook app has everything a great picture book needs. Whether in digital or print, every children's title really is defined by the story & illustrations; on those merits, this title simply sings. A fun tale is presented, made just for the tablet, but it stakes its claim on success with the oldest trick in the book ... an engaging narrative.

A little boy tells the story in the first person, explaining that his dad drives a 'roller coaster car' and he wants to drive one too. His mom rides a carousel horse, his uncle rides a rocket, his aunt rides a spinning 'teacup' and even grandpa has fun, riding a log from the amusement park to get around. But no one thinks the boy is ready for such fast vehicles ... so he ends up getting his very own bumper car! Told with very simple animation and fun but not especially plot-related interactivity, this is a book that will be requested 'over and over' by young readers, but not because it is enhanced with stunning features.

There is great narration with underlining that matches the voice over, along with some light interactive animations, but this is a tale that would be wonderful in print or digital. It just doesn't need much more than the great storyline to make it engaging. What kid wouldn't love to drive a roller coaster car or even a bumper car? Overall, this is a fabulous little app worth a download for anyone with kids who love vehicles, travel or even just a funny picturebook about families. Highly Recommended!

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car

July 5, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Bill Doyle/Daniel Guidera

Crab Hill Press LLC

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
26 Pages


Story Synopsis - My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car

A little boy tells the tale about his family ... his dad drives a 'roller coaster car' and his mom rides a carousel hourse. His uncle even rides in a rocket. What a family! Even his grandpa has unique ways of getting around, using a log from an amusement park ride. And his aunt rides in a 'teacup' of course.

When the boy asks to drive a roller coaster car himself, like dad, he hears, "A roller coaster car has so many ups and way too many downs." But his mom has another idea. In the end, the boy says, "Guess what?" revealing his secret. "Someone in my family drives a bumper car. And it's ME!"


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Read to Me, Read Myself, Info, Links to: Web

App Release Date:


Size: 35.87 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No



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