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Editorial Reviews


"Roman draws the reader in from the first page with illustrations that are cheerful and clever." - Kirkus Review

"It's awe-inspiring when a book offers young readers a sense of purpose and encourages them that they too can determine their own destinies with hard work and perseverance." - The Children's Book Review

"She foregoes the often-used technique of rhyming text in favor of a more natural, conversational tone that effectively captures the spirit of a child's imagination and daily play." - The Foreword Review

Star of Exceptional Merit- Kirkus Award
Named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012
Pinnacle Award 2013

Winner of the 2013 ERIK Award for Best Children's Book 2013! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Carole P. Roman is former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a business with her husband that employs close to five hundred people. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her two fairly new grandchildren. Her most favorite occupation has always been sitting in that big, cozy armchair next to a bed, reading a great story to someone she loves. Being with her grandchildren has awoken her spirit of the absurd as she goes on daily adventures with them to outer space, fashion shows under the sea, and of course, always back in time for dinner. Roman has two wonderful sons and hit the jackpot in the daughter-in-law department. She currently lives in New York with her husband of thirty-five years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Michael\Okon (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615534651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615534657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,155,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Exceptional 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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Captain No Beard enjoyed living on an island with his mates. After all, they were also his friends, and after a while, he treated them like family. Mongo, Linus, Fribbit, and Hallie were a fine crew. Each crew member had a special quality about them, and they were all willing to learn from their great leader, Captain No Beard, who considered his job to be hard work. Mongo was a pro at climbing, Linus was their automatic microphone with his loud roars, Fribbit loved to flop, and Hallie was a fine first mate.

A scary storm began to brew with loud thunder, and everyone aboard pitched in to help Captain No Beard make sure all was safe. He rescued Hallie, commanded directions to keep a clean ship, and delivered the right answers in his best pirate voice. Suddenly, a voice was heard from the mysterious sea, and a mermaid appeared with yummy treasure. Captain No Beard reminded Alexander to clean up the mess, before enjoying the golden treats.

Award Winning author Carole P. Roman delivers an exciting, appealing story to young readers, that is not only funny, but educational as well. Through her creative imagination, the author pens a magical, delightful adventure with colorful characters as the story comes to life. The stunning illustrations are inviting as they compliment this fun-filled adventure aboard the Flying Dragon, while sailing across deep, dark seas. Children will become curious as they ask questions, while learning lessons about teamwork, and responsibility. In addition, this charming story also encourages young readers to practice reading skills, as well as participating in group discussions. "CAPTAIN NO BEARD: An Imaginary Tale Of A Pirate's Life" is as heartwarming as Free Willy 3, as hilarious as Shrek The Third, and as entertaining as The Lion King. Highly recommended to teachers, parents, and child-care providers!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ryan J. Dejonghe TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
Not only did Kirkus Reviews award CAPTAIN NO BEARD their star of merit, but they also named CAPTAIN NO BEARD on their "Best of 2012" list. CAPTAIN NO BEARD shares space on that list with other notables Wonder, * THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN BOOK, Extra Yarn, and Green. To accomplish this as a self-published work is truly impressive.

CAPTAIN NO BEARD is the first book in a current four-part series that describes the imaginary adventures of Alexander and his cousin Hallie (also known as the Captain's First Mate). They are joined by Mongo the mast-climbing monkey, Linus the loud-mouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. This alliteration is just the beginning of the wordy fun.

Author Carole P. Roman has a knack of incorporating word play that teaches children valuable lessons while moving her story along. This is evidenced in such nuances as No Beard always saying "being a Captain is hard work" while others are doing the actual work or when No Beard needs his pirate dictionary to look up what "shiver me timbers" means ("oh my goodness").

Carole P. Roman deftly captures Captain No Beard's story with illustrations she found through a CreateSpace artist. The water colored pictures are warm and cheerful, helping children carry along the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mareena McGirr on April 14, 2014
Format: Paperback
Whenever Alexander and his cousin Hallie hop on Alexander's bed to play, they become Captain No Beard and his fearless pirate crew of 'The Flying Dragon'. They set sail for a voyage of imagination as First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbet the floppy frog - who are in reality, three stuffed animals. Together, Alexander and Hallie sail the seven seas in a magical vessel bound for dangerous and exciting adventures.

I must say that I enjoyed reading these books. They were quick reads for me and overall, I would give the entire series an A+! In my opinion, this series would make a great gift for children. Each book teaches children valuable lessons such as patience and tolerance; sharing; responsibility and cooperation; being a good friend and what to do when meeting strangers.

Full Disclosure: 'Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life' by Carole P. Roman read and reviewed by Mary McGirr, an avid reader and book reviewer from Albany, New York. Many thanks to the author and the kind people at 'Red Feather Publishing' as I received copies of all the books of the 'Captain No Beard Series' for free from them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By melodi on March 14, 2015
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My daughter really like this book. She loved the names of the characters and fun pictures in the book. This book was great for imaginary play. When the book was finished and she realized that captain no beard and Hallie were pretending the bed was ship, the mom a mermaid and the stuffed animals, maytes, she wanted to turn her bed into a ship. She spent an hour going on an adventure with captain no beard and Hallie. Her stuffed friends were her mateys just like in the book.
Not only did my daughter love the book but I enjoyed reading it as well. The pirate phrases and words where fun to say in my best pirate voice. My daughter and I both laughed as we shouted “Shiver Me Timbers!” I would highly recommend this book to all my maytes!
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