Stuck in the Doldrums
A Lesson in Sharing
The Treasure of Snake Island
The Crew Goes Coconuts!
A Captain No Beard Story
Carole P. Roman
In Stuck in the Doldrums Captain No Beard, who in real life is a young boy named Alexander is continuing his adventures with Hallie, his cousin and first mate. This adventure maroons them on a desert island with their stuffed animals who miraculously come to life while his bed is transformed into a pirate ship with his bedroom being the ocean.
At first, Captain No Beard has problems sharing the spyglass and then he sees his crew building a sand castle. Being a captain, he feels that he needs to take over the design and the building. When others disagree with him, he becomes frustrated returning to his ship alone.
When the ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes that he needs his crew to save the ship. He cannot perform all the duties to save the ship alone. Will his crew members help him in time?
"Red sky at morning, sailors take warning, red sky at night, sailors' delight." This old-time weather saying is the theme for The Treasure of Snake Island. On this adventure, their pirate ship is in the middle of a dangerous storm while at sea, rocking and having problems in the storm. When it finally settles, the crew discovers a treasure map leading them to a buried treasure on Snake Island. What is the treasure? Is snake island infested with snakes?
With a goat joining the crew along with Cayla in The Crew Goes Coconuts!, teasing becomes the focus with a goat named Matie who is blamed for drinking all the juice. Captain No Beard investigates their problems by asking each crew member to state one good and one bad thing about themselves.
Carole P. Roman is a mother, grandmother, former social studies teacher, and author and illustrator of the Captain No Beard series where the children turn a bed into a ship and have a multitude of adventures. There are presently six books in this series. She also has written and illustrated a series of visits to other countries with If You Were Me and Lived In... series and a book about yoga, I Want to do Yoga Too.
Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life has been awarded the Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012, the Star of Remarkable Merit, and the Pinnacle Award in 2012.
All of these short novels tell a delightful imaginary story involving Alexander and his cousin, Hallie on their pirate ship learning some basic vocabulary for pirates while also having a life lesson surrounding their latest adventure. The story and the pictures are perfectly parallel with the story so that non-readers can enjoy the tale by the illustrations again after the story is initially read aloud.
Have you ever dreamed of living on a ship in the vast ocean? Captain No Beard books can be enjoyed by the child in every one of us.