9781532108006. Hansen, Grace. Water Rides. ISBN 9781532108051.ea vol: 24p. (Amusement Park Rides). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. ABDO. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $28.50.
Gr 1–3—Brimming with little-known facts and vibrant images, this inviting set should appeal to budding thrill-seekers and curious young minds alike. Despite its brevity, each book imparts a wealth of information that addresses the attraction's history and improvements, and highlights notable examples where measurable details, such as the ride's height, maximum speed, or cost, will amaze even casual readers. Vintage photographs and historical renderings not only support the text but convey the combination of exhilaration and fear that early riders once felt and that people continue to feel today. On top of that, the glossy spreads of modern marvels, like the jaw-dropping shot of the Kingda Ka roller coaster, will fuel readers' adrenaline and have them clamoring for more.
VERDICT Recommended for its mix of history and STEM.

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