how roland rolls

Actor Jim Carrey has just self-published his first children’s book, How Roland Rolls. Young readers – and their grown-ups – are in for a treat! According to Carrey, “I wrote How Roland Rolls specifically as a way for parents and grandparents to enjoy some quality hang-time. I hope the message of the story will help them feel connected, worthwhile, and a part of something vast and grand. Personally, I believe that time spent telling them a bedtime story is as close to heaven as we will get in this world.” As a parent and grandparent himself, Carrey speaks from the heart.

Known for his comic and acting career, and somewhat less for his humanitarian efforts, Carrey takes on a new challenge as an author and addresses our first childhood encounters with friendship, love, fear of loss, and death. With eloquence, tenderness and a healthy dash of humor, Carrey courageously takes the reader on a journey of interconnectivity with the world. He does so through the story of an ocean wave named Roland who fears that one day, when he crashes onto the beach, his life will end. Each page shows a part of Roland’s life, allowing children to identify with and feel connected to the title character. 

The text is original, whimsical and imaginative, full of intelligent rhymes. The storyline is fresh and the book is an easy read, so it’s undaunting for kids who are just starting to get the hang of spending some quality time with books. The waves come to life through the colorful illustrations of Rob Nason. Nason is not just an illustrator, but also an award-winning animation artist and fine arts painter with a unique hybrid style. This cool little lesson in philosophy will have kids’ undivided attention from start to finish.

This children’s book is aimed at those aged four to eight. It teaches a profound spiritual lesson that we are each part of something larger than ourselves, and adults too will enjoy the light-hearted reminder. How Roland Rolls is a magical tool for parents who want to answer their little one’s big questions on life in a playful and connected way. Deepak Chopra praises the book, saying “philosophers and scientists struggle to understand cosmic consciousness, but Jim Carrey explains it with elegant simplicity to the child in all of us.”


Available in print or as an ebook.

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