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By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Dad gives daughter exciting ride in fresh pre-nap tale.

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This fast-paced romp begins with a kid in a cranky mood and ends with a peaceful nap thanks to an imaginative dad who knows the power of a change of scenery. Any parent who's driven or walked kids around to get them to sleep will relate to this appealing and creative dad's approach to a familiar challenge. As the unseen narrator says, "There's a time each and every day when the inside feels too small for Sam." Dad turns an ordinary day into an exciting adventure by doing nothing more than exploring their own neighborhood -- with the speed, ups and downs, and twists and turns of a roller coaster, including the "click clack, click clack" sounds of it ascending.

Kids will enjoy spotting all the colorful details in the street scenes by illustrator and colorist Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay. And author Matt Ringler conveys all the warmth, patience, and creativity of an energetic, loving dad.

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