Samantha on a Roll

Samantha on a Roll

By Linda Ashman; Christine Davenier (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374363994, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011


A "New York Times "Notable Children's Book for 2011

Samantha can't wait to try out her new roller skates, but Mama's too busy too help her. What's a girl to do? Well, this girl isn't waiting. While Mama tends to other things, Sammy straps on the skates. First she glides down the hallway. Then she tries the sidewalk. Next, she ventures a bit farther down the street. She's doing great But when she finds herself cresting Hawthorn Hill, it's too late to stop-- Samantha is on a roll.

About the Author
Linda Ashman has written more than two dozen picture books that have earned her numerous honors and starred reviews and have been included on the "Best of the Year" lists of the New York Times; Parenting, Child, and Cookie magazines; and more. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Christine Davenier lives in Paris. She has also illustrated the Very Fairy Princess books by actress Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.

Praise For Samantha on a Roll

“…with its clever and perfect rhymes, [this book] is such a pleasure to read. Davenier provides fanciful art that captures both the exuberance of Samantha’s skating and the sly twists and turns that keep it a secret from Mama.” --Booklist “…this is an audience pleaser readers will want to take for repeat rides.” --Horn Book Magazine “It’s rarely a good thing when a picture book goes downhill, but it sure is in this rousing domestic adventure—at least for readers.” --Publishers Weekly “The rhyming text makes this delightful story tons of fun to read aloud.” --School Library Journal

"Things get a bit dicey when plucky Samantha experiments with her new roller skates in one frightening, hilarious inaugural “roll” through town." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred