My Dad Drives a Roller Coaster Car

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Developed by:Crab Hill Press LLC


Ages 3-6

The story: Most families drive mini-vans or station wagons. Not Hank’s family! They motor around in nutty vehicles from amusement park rides. A bucking bronco from the carousel, a log from a splashing flume ride, a whirling teacup, a speeding roller coaster car and other wacky rides. Touch-able, laugh-able, discover-able—this picture book combines interactive graphics, surprise sound effects, and more to keep young kids playing, thinking and giggling! Written by children’s book author Bill Doyle (Sesame Workshop, Random House, Chronicle, Scholastic, Little Brown) and illustrated by Daniel Guidera (MAD Magazine, Topps Baseball Cards, Contact Kids Magazine). Creative direction by Rachel Ericson-Carmiggelt (Sesame Workshop, Conde Nast, Hearst, Sanoma, Van Gaal & Company). (iTunes)


Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using either of the following activities:

  1. Make Predictions!The title of this interactive book can lead to some very fun and detailed predictions. Tell your child that making predictions involves thinking about what might happen in the story. Good readers use clues and evidence from the story (the title, the pictures and illustrations) to predict what might happen. Help your child by asking them questions such as “What do you think is one thing that might happen in this story? Why?” Asking “why”? will help them to make thoughtful predictions based on evidence - a really great skill to instill in all readers! As your child reads or listens to the story, ask them to notice whether or not their predictions were accurate. If they weren’t accurate, have them tell you what happened instead. This will also help them to start building summarizing skills.
  2. New Vocabulary!Below are a few words in the story that might be new to your child. 
  • plead
  • reins
  • herd
  • skippers
  • flume ride
  • woozy

After going over the meanings of the words above, ask your child to come up with a gesture or movement that they can do each time they hear one of these new terms while reading or listening to the story.  Also, encourage them to add these words to their daily language - one of the greatest things about learning new words is not only knowing their meaning, but using them to enhance our own vocabulary while speaking and writing!

Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying either of the following activities:

  1. Building Literacy Skills:The earliest stage of reading is referred to as the emergent stage. If your child is an emergent reader, ask them to locate and point to words that he/she knows in text. Read the text to them or turn the narration on. After every two or three pages, stop and have your child tell you what has happened in the story so far. This will help your child keep track of events and help their overall comprehension of the text.
  2. Introduce and Hunt for Onomatopoeias!Talk to your child about a really fancy word - onomatopoeia. Have them repeat it after you a few times. Tell them that you’re going to teach them something that kids in middle school learn, wow! Onomatopoeia is a fancy word that means sound words.  Sound words are words like “bang”, “pop”, “splash”, “bam”, and so on.  As you tell them a few examples, have them repeat them loudly after you.  What other sound words can they think of? There are a lot of fun onomatopoeias in this interactive book. Ask your child to be on the lookout for these sound words. Before getting started, ask them to tell you what sounds a roller coaster car would make. Encourage them to be silly and have fun!

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using either of the following activities:

  1. My Favorite Part of this Book was…Good readers discuss and evaluate texts. After reading or listening to this story, talk to your child about it.  Ask them any of the following questions to help them digest the plot and express their thinking: Did you like this story? Why or why not? What was your favorite part? Why? What was your  favorite car? Why? Did you like the ending? Why or why not?
  2. Design Time!This book showed your child all sorts of different and unique types of cars. Now it’s your child’s turn to think of and design their very own imaginary car. Ask them any of the following questions to kickstart their thinking: What kind of car would they like to drive? What cool gadgets would their car include? What would it look like? What would it sound like?  What would it do besides transport you? Encourage your child to sketch  their very own car and add lots of fun colors!