Roller Coasters: Or, I Had So Much Fun, I Almost Puked

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Discusses the history, physics, parts, and design of roller coasters and examines some modern examples.

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Overview

Discusses the history, physics, parts, and design of roller coasters and examines some modern examples.

Discusses the history, physics, parts, and design of roller coasters and examines some modern examples.

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Children's Literature - Bruce Adelson
Children who love roller coasters will find much to enjoy in this comprehensive book. From the history of roller coasters to the engineering behind their creation, it is all here. The author has presented information in a clear, straightforward manner that will appeal to young readers. The book also has several color photographs of famous coasters in such locations as Kennywood Park, outside of Pittsburgh, and Coney Island, NY. Kennywood is famous for being home to the Racer, the world's oldest original roller coaster with two tracks running side by side. This title is an excellent choice for school research projects since most libraries do not contain books as detailed as this about the author's favorite amusement park attraction.
Kirkus Reviews
Mindbender. Wild Thing. Ninja. Thunderbolt. The names of roller coasters are as evocative as Cook's debut work, a look at the psychology and steel behind America's most thrilling rides. A lively history of the roller coaster includes the ice slides of France in the 1800s, the first gravity railway on Coney Island that reached a whopping speed of six miles per hour, and the rise and fall in popularity of "woodies," or wooden roller coasters. In a chapter on the physics of roller coasters, Cook cites comprehensible examples (such as the angle of a pencil to a desktop) to clearly explain such concepts as the science of motion and gravity, friction and drag, slope, and g force. Attractive inserts bring in the designers and engineers of the coaster, who allow riders to "feel like they're going to die"; in these days of computerized engineering, Etch-A-Sketch-like scribbles on a computer screen are transformed into impressive assemblages of thousands of pieces of steel tracks and hills that span acres. One especially eye-catching chart outlines what happens inside the body during a coaster ride. In a final chapter, Cook gives "airtime" to coasters past and present. The colorful, captioned photographsþthe swoosh of riders in motion, heads hanging upside down from an inside loop, or aerial views of a tiny car on wheels about to take the first dropþas well as the rest of the bookþare more than worth the ride. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 6-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575050713
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Carolrhoda Photo Books Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.71 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    It was great!

    I love this book. I love roller coasters. When I decided to do a report on the roller coaster inventors, I turned to this book because it tells me so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2000

    What does having so much fun that you almost puke mean?

    I thought that it was a really good book. There is a lot of information about the birth of rollercoasters in the book. The book also includes how they are made and has some great color photos. It doesn't get really involved and it is based for younger kids around the ages of maybe 8-13. This is a good and interesting book that gives a lot of info.

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