Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis- A Captain No Beard by Carole P Roman

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis- 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 newest story includes Captain No Beard and the other familiar heroes introduced in the series, including Mongo the monkey, and Cayla as well as Hallie.   This is volume seven in the series. The climactic scene depicted with the glimpse of the ship against a rainbow bright evening sky is magical, and surreal. As with the other books,   centers around essential  messages about kindness and compassion.  Ironically, these pirates with their pirate ship have more morals and ethics than the traditional pirate in children's literature. In fact, Hallie states in the story,  "I love treasure and all, but only if it doesn't belong to someone else."  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.  I'd like to see all these stories into one larger, hardcover  pirate treasury.

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