Samantha on a Roll (Hardcover)

By Linda Ashman, Christine Davenier (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374363994, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

List Price: 17.99*
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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 is the author of many critically acclaimed books for children, including Babies On the Go, illustrated by Jane Dyer, and Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs, illustrated by Lauren Stringer, a Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives with her husband and son in Denver, CO.

As a young girl growing up in Tours, France, Christine Davenier loved listening to her older sister read fairy tales aloud. But she frequently found herself wondering, What does the princess’s beautiful dress look like? or How exquisite are her jewels? Christine was left to her own imagination, for the books had few illustrations. So it comes as little surprise that today, Christine embraces her career as an illustrator. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to create the illustrations I dreamed about seeing as a child,” she says.

When Christine was fourteen, she received her first box of watercolor paints, a gift from her grandmother. That was the beginning of many afternoons spent painting together in her grandmother’s garden. “My grandmother was an extraordinary woman,” Christine says. “Even though she worked in an office all her life, she was an artist through and through. She shared everything she knew about color—in painting and in life. Her wisdom and talent still inspire me today.”

She has illustrated many picture books, including Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best. She lives in Paris, France.

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