How Roland Rolls

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HOW ROLAND ROLLS, winner of a 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, is a story about a wave named Roland who's afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he's struck by the notion that he's not just a wave - he's the whole big, wide ocean! The story shows humanity's interconnectedness through the metaphor of a wave in the ocean.

The book is lavishly illustrated by Rob Nason, who won a Golden Reel award for his work as Art ...

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Overview


HOW ROLAND ROLLS, winner of a 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, is a story about a wave named Roland who's afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he's struck by the notion that he's not just a wave - he's the whole big, wide ocean! The story shows humanity's interconnectedness through the metaphor of a wave in the ocean.

The book is lavishly illustrated by Rob Nason, who won a Golden Reel award for his work as Art Director on the film Anastasia, as well as an Annie Awards nomination. His work on Thumbelina garnered the Hans Christian Andersen award. His cover for the inspiring grass-roots children's book, Saltwater Taffy, was nominated as Cover of the Year and was a finalist for the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award.

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"How Roland Rolls contains profound truths written in simple and moving prose for children. Jim Carrey speaks authentically and authoritatively about courage to challenge limitations and the freedom that ensues. Jim’s success as an artist and humanitarian is an eloquent testament of the truths he reveals in How Roland Rolls."
--Jack Healey
Human rights activist and pioneer
Former Director, Amnesty International

“Philosophers and scientists struggle to understand cosmic consciousness, but Jim Carrey explains it with elegant simplicity to the child in all of us. We are the ocean rolling along as Roland the Wave becoming raindrop, river, cloud, and becoming the life throb of ages dancing in us this moment.”
--Deepak Chopra
Author, Teacher, Physician

“Jim Carrey does for children what he does for adults, using humor and light- heartedness to reveal deeper insights. Like all great fairy tales, How Roland Rolls addresses ultimate truth in a fanciful package. Bravo.”
--Marianne Williamson
Author, Teacher

"Carrey’s created a charming, fun to read, beautifully illustrated book with Roland the wave as a metaphor for the interrelatedness of everything in the world."
--Jane Fonda
Actress

School Library Journal
01/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Roland the wave suffers from being separated from friends by a big ship. When he reaches the coast where he expects his life to end, he realizes that he is not just a wave, but the whole ocean. The idea of interconnectedness is commendable, but the text doesn't express it in a child-friendly way. As soon as Roland realizes he is the ocean, we see him in rivers, but also in puddles, sinks, and even tears. This will be confusing to readers with no understanding of the water cycle. The illustrations are indistinct; it is difficult to determine what some spreads depict. The last line of the book ("You're like Roland and you'll always be rollin' along. The End?") reveals an admirable message, but the end product falls short.—Laura Stanfield, Campbell County Public Library, Ft. Thomas, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989368001
  • Publisher: Some Kind of Garden Media
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Pages: 68
  • Sales rank: 45,312
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is an award-winning actor/artist/activist. The winner of two Golden Globe awards -- Best Actor for Man on the Moon and The Truman Show – he was also nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe for his critically acclaimed performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Carrey has appeared in 33 feature length films, is one of Hollywood’s most successful actors, and is known for his humanitarian efforts.

Rob Nason is recognized as one of the world’s premiere illustrators and animators, awarded for his work on a variety of feature films. Nason’s artwork for the inspiring children’s book Saltwater Taffy was nominated as Cover of the Year and was a finalist for the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award in 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    I loved the book so much that I purchased 6 copies gave one to m

    I loved the book so much that I purchased 6 copies gave one to my nephew who loves it..donated one to a local school who loves it and then I flew half way across the country to meet Jim in person to have my books signed! Awesome story awesome message!!! I look forward to more from this  incredible creative minded author! Thank you! 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    This is a beautiful story to share with a young child at bedtime

    This is a beautiful story to share with a young child at bedtime. It's silly and fun to read in a Dr. Seuss-kind-of-way, but also conveys a profound metaphor for life.

    For parent struggling to reassure their children after a death in the family, I think this might be the single best resource available. It hits just the right balance between light-hearted goofiness (complete with Jim Carrey-style silly faces) and profound wisdom.

    I give it five stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    How Roland Rolls, Jim Carrey, Some Kind of Garden Media, 2013, $

    How Roland Rolls, Jim Carrey, Some Kind of Garden Media, 2013, $16.95
    How do you introduce young children to the concept of the interconnectedness of all living things? That life is eternal? With actor Jim Carrey’s children’s book, How Roland Rolls, you and your child can spend quality time reading an entertaining story about a wave named Roland that believes that “one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over.” But Roland finds that he has and always will be part of the larger ocean. Roland comes to the conclusion that death is not the end: “And they saw that together they played a much bigger role — they were in every ice cube between the North and South pole.” With realistic illustrations that children can relate to, you can share an important and vital fact of our times: We are all indeed connected to each other and all things in the universe.
    — Rasheno Nejad, New Connexion Journal

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2014

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    Reviewed by Bernadette Acocella for Readers' Favorite How Rolan

    Reviewed by Bernadette Acocella for Readers' Favorite

    How Roland Rolls is an award-winning children's book by famed funnyman Jim Carrey. It is the story of Roland, a wave in the ocean who loves spending time with his friends. He and his friend Shimmer enjoy being waves but know that once they reach shore, their rollin’ days will be no more. However, once Roland and Shimmer reach the shore and mix together with each other and all of their wave friends, Roland realizes he is not just a wave, but is part of something much bigger. The message is ultimately one of inclusion and is likely to inspire children to consider themselves an important part of the social groups to which they belong.

    How Roland Rolls by Jim Carrey is undoubtedly the kind of book children will ask to have read to them again and again. The beautiful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Rob Nason will give children something to marvel at while adults read the Suess-esque rhymes on each page, which are not only entertaining, but provide added support for early readers who are just developing phonemic awareness. Children will be able to easily read this story back to adults, thanks in part to the rhyming words. I also enjoyed the message of the story. Even if children are not mature enough to grasp the concept of human interconnectedness, I can imagine how this book would alleviate loneliness in children with just a little bit of explanation from adults. Overall, the way the text and illustrations weave together the story of how Roland rolls will capture children’s imaginations. They will surely repeat the catchy rhymes as they go through their day, just as many of their parents do after watching one of the author's movies.

    As an English teacher who has taught children of all ages I would love to include this book in my classroom and believe other teachers and libraries would feel the same way. How Roland Rolls is clever, expressive, memorable and funny; it is very Jim Carrey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    most amazing book for young and adults who love life! happy posi

    most amazing book for young and adults who love life! happy positive !!!

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