How Roland Rolls

Children - Concept
68 Pages
Reviewed on 01/14/2014
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Author Biography

Jim Carrey is an award-winning actor who has been honored for both his dramatic and comedic work. Jim won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, for the title role in Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show.” Jim won his second Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, for his portrayal of comedian Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman’s “Man on the Moon.”

Carrey is also an award-winning author, having won a gold medal in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest for his childrens book "How Roland Rolls."

“I wrote How Roland Rolls specifically as a way for parents and grandparents to engage with the children in quality together-time. Not only will the message of the story help them feel connected, worthwhile, and a part of something vast and grand … the very act of adults spending time simply to be with them, and only with them, will pay off in an experience of fulfillment that’s truly beyond compare.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bernadette Acocella for Readers' Favorite

How Roland Rolls is an award-winning children's book by famed funnyman Jim Carrey. It is the story of Roland, a wave in the ocean who loves spending time with his friends. He and his friend Shimmer enjoy being waves but know that once they reach shore, their rollin’ days will be no more. However, once Roland and Shimmer reach the shore and mix together with each other and all of their wave friends, Roland realizes he is not just a wave, but is part of something much bigger. The message is ultimately one of inclusion and is likely to inspire children to consider themselves an important part of the social groups to which they belong.

How Roland Rolls by Jim Carrey is undoubtedly the kind of book children will ask to have read to them again and again. The beautiful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Rob Nason will give children something to marvel at while adults read the Suess-esque rhymes on each page, which are not only entertaining, but provide added support for early readers who are just developing phonemic awareness. Children will be able to easily read this story back to adults, thanks in part to the rhyming words. I also enjoyed the message of the story. Even if children are not mature enough to grasp the concept of human interconnectedness, I can imagine how this book would alleviate loneliness in children with just a little bit of explanation from adults. Overall, the way the text and illustrations weave together the story of how Roland rolls will capture children’s imaginations. They will surely repeat the catchy rhymes as they go through their day, just as many of their parents do after watching one of the author's movies.

As an English teacher who has taught children of all ages I would love to include this book in my classroom and believe other teachers and libraries would feel the same way. How Roland Rolls is clever, expressive, memorable and funny; it is very Jim Carrey.

Joslyn Carter

It's always great to see someone branch out and use a talent that most of us didn't know that they had. I have been watching Jim Carrey on television since he was on In Living Color and enjoy him immensely, so I am curious to see what type of adventure he has dreamed up to share with the rest of us. Wishing you loads of success, Mr. Carrey.


How Roland Rolls is Jim Carrey's first book. It's aimed at children aged four to eight. Over the past 20 years, Carrey has made us laugh with his comedic films (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty), provoked us with his serious ones (Man on the Moon, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and enchanted us with his family fare (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mr. Popper's Penguins). Now he entertains, enlightens and inspires with How Roland Rolls. The book charmingly and wittily presents the universal truth of humanity's interconnectedness and unity through the metaphor of a wave in the sea. Roland, the wave, is afraid that "one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he's struck by the notion that he's not just a wave -- he's the whole big, wide ocean!" Carrey demonstrates his artfulness with the text, and award-winning illustrator Rob Nason provides glorious visual accompaniment everywhere you look in the 68-page book. Carrey, who is also an acclaimed fine arts painter, is a true artist, and a stickler for detail, which is evident in How Roland Rolls. Carrey's motivation is to bring "the children and their grown-ups together" in a meaningful experience. At this crucial historic moment, Carrey's message couldn't be more important, or his execution more compelling and delightful. How Roland Rolls is destined to be a children's classic. Kudos, Carrey!

Personal Brand Coach

"How Roland Rolls" is my dream book as a parent. I am always searching for books that not only entertain my children and create a love of reading, but also provide deep, meaningful messages. This delivers all of that and more. Jim Carrey and Roland's silly faces made my kids laugh! They had all of their friends making the faces. I loved this book so much that I read it in my daughter's classroom and the kids were so incredibly attentive that their teacher was shocked. They laughed, they had fun, and they really understood the underlying messages. GENIUS!

W. Lawless

Went to the local store to check this out and see if it would be suitable for my kids and to my surprise, this is an excellent book. The illustrations are amazing and the overall message behind the book is great for children and parents both!


I saw Jim Carey on the Ellen show a while back promoting this book and I have been dying to get if for my son. So when Easter came I finally bought it and we love it. My son is two and this is one of our all to favorites with its amazing art work and great story line. My boyfriend and I are long time Jim Carey fans and now we have a piece of him to share with our son.

Ann Stone

Such a sweet story. My fourth graders loved it!

Sharon Douglas

We have enjoyed this book thoroughly. When our grandsons come and visit we ALWAYS read this book. We have enjoyed the story and yes, the illustrations!
When we first got HOW ROLAND ROLLS the boys were 4 and now that they are 7 they are reading it to gramma and grampa.
We hope Jim writes another children's book.
A fellow Canadian we admire !