Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Carole P. Roman
“I guess even though there are so many ways we are different, underneath it all, we are pretty much the same,” Linus apologizes to Matie in Carole P. Roman’s children’s story, The Crew Goes Coconuts!
Part of “A Captain No Beard Story” series, this unnumbered twenty-five page square paperback targets 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 with a few punctuation and on-purpose spelling errors. 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 to be on their pirate ship called The Flying Dragon while in his bedroom. In this adventure, Hallie has brought on board a goat she named Matie that drank a double portion of juice boxes, leaving little left for the thirsty crew.
The shipmates start to grumble and complain about Matie, saying they do not like her name or the way she talks and that she smells. When Mongo the monkey, Polly the parrot, and Linus the lion pick sides, they ask Fribbet the frog what he thinks; he states he wants to please everybody.
As they continue to argue, Captain No Beard steps in, asking each one to state something great about themselves along with something they do not like. Mongo says he is good at climbing but cannot sit still while Linus mentions he is brave yet very loud.
In the end, the entire group realizes not to bully others but to find something good in them and understand feelings can get hurt by using mean words. Matie saves the day when she goes to a nearby island and gets coconuts, letting everyone drink the milk inside. Of course, the tale ends when Alexander’s mom enters the room and notes the mess.
Purposely promoting being nice and considerate of others, the book is a good teaching tool to remind children not to make fun, tease, or hurt anyone’s feelings, but to be kind and thoughtful.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.