Title/Author: Being a Captain is Hard Work: A Captain No Beard Story (Volume 10) by Carole P Roman
Illustrator Bonnie Lemair
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of publish: December 2015
Recommended Ages: 5-8
Captain No Beard is determined to travel to Dew Rite Volcano. He won’t listen when Mongo predicts a storm or Linus indicates they are headed in the wrong direction. He insists Polly cook in the galley even though the seas are getting rough. What’s a crew to do with a stubborn, know-it-all captain? Will they convince the captain he is barreling headlong into danger, or will Captain No Beard jeopardize both his safety and the crew’s with his single-minded determination to go where he wants?
“The author shows that children’s books can still be exciting and engaging when their characters remain respectful and positive… The beautiful watercolor illustrations throughout are also upbeat and positive, with bright, saturated colors and dynamic, expressive characters…Children from preschool through early elementary will learn much from this book. Not only does it carry a good moral–even leaders need to listen to and learn from the people around them–but Roman also includes a key for naming ten different cloud types, “so you’ll always know if there will be calm seas or stormy weather ahead!'” – Christine Canfield, Foreword Review
“As in all the Captain No Beard books, Roman weaves a powerful lesson into the adventure, teaching young readers about friendship, humility, asking for help, and forgiveness….A fantastic pirate adventure that mixes life and science lessons with danger, friendship, and triumph.” – Kirkus Review
“I really loved this story because it teaches children there are consequences for your actions and your actions affect other people, not just yourself. It also explains what happens when you are on a ship and a storm is coming.” – N.N. Light, princessofthelight blog
“The illustrations are gorgeous. I love the Cloud Key, which identified the various clouds.”- Julie Failla Earhart, St. Louis Public Library Book Challenge blog
“Two Ears and One Mouth” means listen twice as much as you talk. I love that little lesson. This is the second book by Carole P Roman that I have read and I must admit that I enjoy her writing style and ability to teach without being obvious about it. I can imagine children sitting with rapt attention to see what this young sea captain will do next.
Being A Captain Is Hard Work is a whimsical kid adventure on the high seas, but when Captain No Beard thinks he knows more than his crew things get a little wild. In addition to being a fun story that kids 9 and younger will enjoy reading, or sharing with younger siblings, it offers some great life lessons about teamwork and listening to others. At the back of the book is also handy chart detailing different cloud types. In a classroom setting it could be used for science or social behavior lessons. It would certainly make a fine addition to any child’s home library.
The illustrations by Bonnie Lemaire are large and colorful, conveying the emotions of the characters in the story beautifully.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for fair and honest review.
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. It was named in the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Fiction 2012. Captain No Beard has developed in a series of 6 more books. She is the author of the best selling book, I Want To Do Yoga Too. Currently, she is working on her educational series that explores different cultures from a child’s point of view.