REVIEW: Good Times Roll by Ric Ocasek, illustrated by Rob Sayegh Jr.
Ric Ocasek’s rock and roll classic, “Good Times Roll”—one of the Cars’ hit songs—leaps off the page in this exhilarating picture book.
“Let the good times roll
Let them knock you around
Let the good times roll
Let them make you a clown . . .”
Good Times Roll is a delightful picture book based on the Cars’ hit rock and roll song written by lead singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek. “Good Times Roll” was the third single on the Cars’ groundbreaking debut 1978 album The Cars, which has sold over six million copies and peaked at #18 on the Billboard top 200 albums chart.
Artist Rob Sayegh Jr. perfectly captures the playful spirit of Ocasek’s song in this beautifully illustrated picture book. Any child (or adult) who’s ever spent time with a cat will appreciate how good the times roll for felines when chasing an unraveling ball of yarn. With energy and humor, Sayegh’s cat will charm parents and children alike, to the tune of one of rock and roll’s most memorable songs.
At the risk of dating myself, I remember when this song came out. I still love the Cars’ music so one of their songs plus cats was “an immediate request to read” for me. The lyrics are still fun and I can sing along effortlessly (though my cats give me pained looks as mama really can’t sing well) but the real winner here are the imaginative and fun illustrations of what cats can get up to while entertaining themselves with a ball of yarn. I think children will enjoy the pictures and how they match the words but it’s the adults who will truly love this book. Go ahead – put your Cars music on and air guitar to your heart’s content. B