Title: Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life
Author: Carole P. Roman
Year published: 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Number of pages: 40
Recommended age: 3+
Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
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1. What is the story about? This story is about a pirate who wants to get treasure. He sails on his boat with Mongo the Monkey, Linus the Lion, Fribbit the Frog, and Hallie the first mate looking for adventure.
2. What do you think of the cover and/or the pictures in the book? The cover and the pictures in the book were good – I liked them. My favorite picture is the first one in the book when it has all of the crew together. In that picture though, the monkey has a really big head and a tiny body. They should change it.
3. What is your favorite part of the story? My favorite part of the book is when Hallie almost falls overboard and Fribbit kept saying all the wrong things and changing what he was saying, like “Man – I mean – girl overboard” and at the end when he says “…overboard! I mean almost overboard!” That was a funny part. I liked the surprise of who the mermaid was at the end.
4. What is your least favorite part of the story? There was nothing I didn’t like about this book. It was all good.
5. Who do you think would like this book? I liked this book and I think boys and girls 10 and under would like this book.
Son Rating: ★★★★½
My Thoughts: Captain No Beard and his motley crew of sailors head off on an adventure on the high seas aboard his mighty frigate, The Flying Dragon. But as the crew is wondering what it is sailors do aboard ships, and as they encounter stormy weather and a mysterious mermaid, he soon discovers that “Being a captain is hard work.”
Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life is an amusing picture book that puts the reader in the minds of a young boy and girl who pretend they are sailing the seas aboard a pirate ship. The story is filled with fun pirate quips such as “shiver me timbers!”, “batten down the hatches”, “sail ho”, “Davy Jones’s locker” and more. There are plenty of opportunities to adopt different accents and voices for each of the characters. It was a fun book to read aloud!
The story itself is whimsical and is full of unexpected surprises. The tale is spun literally as you would expect it to unfold when two children are playing a game involving an imaginary setting with an imaginary cast of characters. It really seemed delightfully unscripted. We all laughed when the poor overworked Captain sporadically declared “Being a Captain is hard work.” He should try being a Mom! We all particularly enjoyed the ending with the mermaid who makes a special appearance. That’s exactly the kind of mermaid I imagine myself to be.
The book features large colourful illustrations of this motley crew of pirates. Both pages (left and right) are illustrated with the text overlaid on top of the illustrations. Usually, one side of the page depicts the crew while the other side with the text has some waves lapping at the words. The pictures in the book definitely help transport the reader on the pirate adventure and were really well done.
My Bottom Line: Carole P. Roman’s whimsical tale will be sure to delight children and parents alike. I really enjoyed reading this book aloud to my children – I make a mean pirate! I would recommend this book to boys and girls alike who love imaginary play and who are fans of pirates and big adventures. Ages 3+.
Mom Rating: ★★★★½
* This book was provided to us by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest review.*
About the Author:
Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.
Her first book, Captain No Beard – An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit. Captain No Beard has developed in a series of 3 more books. Her next project is the book series I Want To Do Yoga Too. She is currently working on a new educational series that explores different cultures from a child’s point of view.
There are currently two other books in the Captain No Beard series: Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience: A Captain No Beard Story (Volume 2) and Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing- A Captain No Beard Story (Volume 3).
Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience: A Captain No Beard Story (Volume 2)
The crew of the Flying Dragon are sailing again. This time, new crewmember, Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.
Stuck in the Doldrums: A Lesson in Sharing- A Captain No Beard Story (Volume 3)
When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew are stuck on a desert island. Marooned with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone. Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs his crew more than ever. Captain No Beard and his crew show young readers that’s it’s important to cooperate and share your belongings. The crew teaches us that if you want to have friends, then you must be a friend too.