Author: Carole P. Roman
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1478151708

“’Whew, that was close’ Captain No Beard said ‘Being a captain is hard work.’” Carole P. Roman writes in her children’s story, Captain No Beard – An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life.

First in “A Captain No Beard Story” series, this forty page square paperback is targeted toward preschool to early elementary school children and readers who like pirate stories. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, the book would best be read to beginner readers based on some of the more complicated words and lengthy reading. The fun, colorful illustrations are easy to decipher and cover the complete page with a nicely sized font wording.

In this cute make-believe tome, Captain No Beard truly has no hair on his chin as he commands his frigate, The Flying Dragon. His first mate, Hallie, is his cousin who is up to the challenge. Also on board are his stuffed animal friends: Mongo the monkey, Linus the lion, and Fribbit the frog, with an unnamed parrot that usually sits on the captain’s hat.

Being the captain on a ship is hard work and Captain No Beard tells his mates this often. When he is asked to explain what “Shiver me timbers” means and Hallie does not know, he must look it up in his the Pirate Dictionary, which means work.

When a storm comes and they have to scramble to close the hatches, again he mentions how it is hard work to be in charge. And when his cousin almost falls overboard and gets soaking wet, he saves the damsel, reminding all of his hard work.

However, when the whole crew becomes scared of the voice from the deep who is a mermaid asking what they are doing, Captain No Beard quickly explains they are looking for treasure. The second the mermaid flops on the ship’s deck, reality returns when his mother enters the boy’s bedroom. Giving the two treasures of cookies, his mother winks. Hallie offers him another treat but he is too full since being a captain is hard work.

Playful and charming, the book offers readers a fantasy of fun while looking at the creative, expressive designs. Kudos to the author for winning the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for this imaginary tale.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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