Author: Carole P. Roman
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1479182701

Just because you’re in charge doesn’t mean you know everything. A good captain must consider everyone’s feelings, or else nobody will want to be in your crew,” Captain No Beard admits in Carole P. Roman’s children’s story, Stuck in the Doldrums – A Lesson in Sharing.

Part of “A Captain No Beard Story” series, this thirty-six 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 one side of the page with a nicely sized font wording on the other.

This continuing cute tome includes a boy named Alexander and his cousin, Hallie, who pretend they are on their pirate ship called The Flying Dragon. When their ship experiences the calm seas and doldrums, the crew goes onshore to play in the sand. However, Captain No Beard becomes bossy and pushy, demanding Mongo the monkey to give him his telescope and wanting to change Linus the lion’s sand castle tower and drawbridge.

With the crew upset with his bossiness and negative attitude, the captain returns alone to the ship, convinced he does not need anyone. When a giant squid entangles the boat, Captain No Beard screams for help, but the crew questions if they should come to his rescue based on how he treated them.

Hallie explains that they are a crew first and they should always help a friend in need and talk after the crisis is over. They come aboard, getting the boat free of the giant squid. Captain No Beard apologizes for his bad behavior and thanks his crew for their help before he switches back to being Alexander in his bedroom.

Playful and charming, the book offers a fantasy of fun while teaching how to not be selfish, to share, and to help a friend who is going through a difficult situation in addition to learning a few nautical terms. Reminding readers to be kind, children will enjoy looking at the colorful, expressive designs and reading the tale again.

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

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