The man of many faces, superstar actor and comedian, Jim Carrey, has succeeded once again! Carrey’s first children’s book is a gem in a mine of books from famous celebrities. His new book includes meaningful content, rhyming prose and sparkling illustrations will appeal to all children, parents and teachers.
The main character, Roland, serves as a metaphor. He is a wave in the middle of the ocean who fears that when he crashes upon the beach, he will cease to exist. Along his journey he encounters many beautifully illustrated sea creatures and a “soul mate” wave named Shimmer. By the end of Roland’s journey, he discovers that he is not just an individual wave, but part of the entire ocean. This is symbolic of how each individual is part of the human race, which is part of the entire universe.
The illustrations are vibrant and full of energy. The pictures leap off the page and effectively support the rich text. Award winning artist, Rob Nason has successfully captured the author’s vision while illustrating this book. Visit http://howrolandrolls.com/rob-nason/ for more information about the illustrator.
Notably eye-catching is the Canadian flag (Carrey is a native Canadian), alongside the United States flag on the stern of a ship featured amongst the pages. For educators, this book would serve as a valuable resource while teaching the water cycle. Specific sources of water that a child would see in real life are mentioned in the story.
The age range for this book is 4-8 years but would be enjoyable for all ages. Visit the website www.howrolandrolls.com for information on purchasing this book, the poster and accompanying songs that Carrey created with his musician daughter, Jane. This site will also connect you to non-profit groups that are an integral part of saving our oceans.
For integrative fun, readers can also visit the website to upload a picture of yourself making your best Roland face! Click on the video to view “Jim Carrey Makin’ Waves” and see the story behind the story. The book recently received a Gelett Burgess Award. The Gelett Burgess Center provides annual awards for notable family-friendly books.