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
“We are going to take something away from its home in the north and bring it to our place,” Captain No Beard adamantly declares in Carole P. Roman children’s story, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis.
Seventh in the “A Captain No Beard Story” series, this forty-plus 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 black font wording set usually against white backgrounds.
This continuing tale has Captain No Beard in command of The Flying Dragon up north in the cold waters of the Arctic with his crew of Hallie, Cayla, Linus the lion, Mongo the monkey, Fribbet the frog, and Polly the parrot.
Although those on board are cold and shivering, they are excited when they see an iceberg. Polly brings Cayla a chunk of it, which immediately gets stuck to her tongue until her older sister, Hallie, removes it.
The incidence is not the crew’s main problem; it is Captain No Beard’s firm insistence they are going to steal an object that does not belong to them. None of those on board the ship except for the captain want to participate in theft, even if they are pirates.
With everyone piping in that stealing is wrong, especially if something belongs to another, Captain No Beard wants to see this beautiful, unique item all the time and that is why he wants to take it home with them.
Educating the reader about a star named Polaris and the aurora borealis that only appears due to its location and the weather, the captain, Hallie, and Cayla again return to the reality of Alexander’s bedroom where they draw pictures of the colorful hues of this incredible vision.
Playful and charming, the book offers readers a fantasy of fun while looking at the creative, expressive designs at it promotes not to steal or take things that do not belong to you.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.