Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Crew Goes Coconuts!- A Captain No Beard by Carole P Roman

The Crew Goes Coconuts!- A Captain No Beard by Carole P Roman is the newest edition to an emerging  new, vibrantly illustrated children's book based on the popular pirate theme.  Watercolor styled art perfectly accompanies the nautical pirate action. The detailed cartoon art is fast paced like the untamed adventurous seas where the stories take place. This story includes Captain No Beard and the other familiar heroes introduced in the series, including Mongo the monkey, and Cayla as well as Hallie.     During the story children will learn an important message about kindness and compassion.  Anti bullying messages are becoming more important in school curriculums.  This story addresses the difficult topics of teasing and bullies.  This book reinforces important moral lessons- repackaging them in the context of a fictional pirate story.  The surprise ending involving coconuts is unexpected and entertaining as it is not the typical outcome that one might expect.  Not only that, the lesson reinforces ingenuity and problem solving.  Roman has mastered the plot twist adding an element of surprise that even parents will appreciate as they read this story to their children.

      This inviting new book series introduces  children to the friendly pirate named Captain No Beard, and his frigate as well as the host of friendly talking animals.   This is the  perfect introduction to pirate literature - like pirate literature 101 complete with the typical pirate talk and pirate cliches.  There is a pirate reference on every page of these books such as the Jolly Roger, crossbones flag, pirate slang and nautical terminology . The consistency of this series will appeal to young children.  The surprise ending will capture the readers attention and encourage their imaginations. This book encourages role playing- where one's bedroom can become a new world, and blankets can become an ocean.   Parents and children alike will be entertained by the  pirate slang, vibrant pirate themed illustrations as well as the inviting bold text.  The books of this series belong on the bookshelf of every pirate enthusiast.  As a blogger I received this book from the author for the purpose of writing this review. This is the sixth book in the series.  I'd like the author to consider compiling all these stories into one larger, hardcover  pirate treasury.

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