Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures! Captain No Beard - An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life named to Kirkus Reviews' BEST OF 2012 for Children's Indie Books, and garnered the star of remarkable merit! "Roman charms with an imaginative,whimsical picture book that will entertain even the oldest pirates." Kirkus Review
From the very beginning this series sucks kiddos in and doesn't let them go without them something to think about. Even if it's dressed up in piratey talk and being hashed out between a few humans and some animals, the lessons that Carole is teaching within these pages are amazing and I highly recommend the entire series, but of course you have to start with the first one!
There is a storm brewing on the Flying Dragon, and it's not about the weather. When the crew finds themselves parched and not enough juice to go around, blame falls on Matie the goat, Hallie's friend. Divided, they square off, ready for a fight and Captain No Beard must teach his crew that not only is bullying wrong, they must learn to value and respect each and every member of the crew. Watch the crew of the Flying Dragon learn an important lesson about being a true friend.
Once again Carole has put such an important lesson in front of kids in a fun and inviting way. This was one we talked about afterwards because my son is in school now and it's really important for him to remember about new friends.
I truly love how Carole takes such key life lessons and lessons that all little kids need to know and shapes them into something fun and yet educational!
The crew of the Flying Dragon are sailing again. This time, new crewmember, Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.
What little kid truly understand the concept of patience and how sometimes it takes time for things to get done? None! But that's something they do come to learn. Carole does a great job at showing that it isn't something that just one person suffers through but everyone and everyone must learn the art of being patient.
Like the other books in this series, Carole has done a great job at presenting an important lesson for the kids in a way that they both understand and enjoy learning about.
Captain No Beard and the crew of the Flying Dragon welcome a new crew member, when Cabin Girl Cayla joins the ship. Responsible for his little sister, Captain No Beard is not very happy because he finds his newest charge a distraction. When faced with danger, the captain must find a way to escape. While learning valuable lessons about strangers, the crew realized not to judge somebody because they are young or small. Strength comes in all sizes!
I particularly liked this one. Often times you find kids feeling left out or not as useful because they're too small, too young, don't know better, etc. This book pushes home the point to never judge that small package by it's look or not to judge a tiny matey by the size of her diappy.
Having an older son and a toddler daughter, they really got a kick out of this one because it hit so close to home. I want to believe that they really understood, and my son took an important meaning from it. :)
When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desert island. Maroon with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone. Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs his crew more than ever. Captain No Beard and his crew show young readers that's it's important to cooperate and share your belongings. The crew teaches us that if you want to have friends, then you must be a friend too.
This one was another important one. My son's always been big for his age so kids have a tendency to look to him for leadership, and sometimes he can be a bit on the bossy sides... this is especially true with his little sister.
So while we were reading this one, it gave a great opportunity to talk about not being bossy and remembering to treat your friends and sister how you want to be treated. Such a great series for allowing important lessons to be learned in a fun and exciting way.
After a fierce battle with a storm, the crew goes in search of treasure. Alexander, that is, Captain No Beard uses a map to locate it on the ominous sounding Snake Island. Bravely they dig until they find the best treasure ever!
I don't actually know the right order of the books, this was the last one we read though. I felt like it was longer than the others as well- something I noticed in Carole's other series If You Were Me and Lived In... They too seem to be increasing in length.
Since we read these at night, it's a little harder to keep them focuses when the book runs over so many words per page. But the lesson was still great. I love that books where the best treasure ever!
Carole has done a fabulous job with this series as well as her other one. I highly recommend both. They teach kids so much while being entertaining and educational. I do hope that they don't continue to grow, it makes reading at night a lot longer. LOL.
Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born."Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Remarkable Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. "Pepper Parrot's Problem with Patience" Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series.
Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.
Her new non fiction series, "If You Were Me and Lived in..." combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...Mexico" has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children's Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca's Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in...Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in ...France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in...France for best in children's non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.
Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.