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Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life Paperback – April 12, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Captain No Beard Series

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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."- Foreword Review
"Carole Roman has tapped into exactly what my son wants in a book and he can't get enough of it. ...Captain No Beard is a fun book.  The illustrations are vibrant and done by hand.  None of the images are computer generated or even digitally enhanced -- which makes it all the more impressive." - The Picture Book Review, blog
"Captain No Beard is a fun book for children ages 3-6. Follow along on the imaginative and creative adventures of Captain No Beard and his fun loving crew which includes animals such as Linus the loud-mouthed lion and Mongo the mast-climbing monkey. A great bed time story! I give this one a thumbs up!" - Denise B, So Cal City Kids, blog
"Captain No Beard is a very fun, sweet picture that is full of imagination and heart. Carole P. Roman did an excellent job of drawing us all in to Alexander's active imagination. ... It is a very well written book that gets to the heart of an active child's play." - Jalynn Patterson, A Simple Life Really, blog
"My son and I thought this book was cute, funny, adorable and well-written. The illustrations are colorful, fun and capture the spirit of this tale. " - Laura Fabiani, Library Of Clean Reads, blog
"As you read the children's book Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life by Carole P. Roman, you experience a thrilling day in the life of Captain No Beard and his trusty crew. ... The story of Captain No Beard and his crew is exciting, engaging and lots of fun! The bold, colorful pictures enhance the experience of the pirate adventure that Roman takes you on from the moment you begin reading until the very end of the story." - Kendra, Sippy Cup Mom, blog

"These books are fun and colorful and we both awed at the imagination of the characters. ... These books teach such valuable lessons in a fun and clear way. We love them!!" - Carrie, Crafty Moms Share, blog
"The story is written simply enough to where your child can read the book to you or by themselves. ... The graphics are just as amazing as the story. They are so cute. You can really feel what the characters are going through because of the expressions on their faces. They are very detailed. The colors are very vibrant, which will keep your children wanting to read the story." - Allergy Kid Mom's Book Reviews, blog
"This book is great for any kid that wants to get in touch with their pirate side and leads them to use their imagination to create fun right at home in their own bedroom!" - Miles Cassells & Mom for Reader Views, Book by Book Publicity
"The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the Captain's refrain ("Being a captain is hard work") is funny and just adorable.  I got a huge kick out of this Captain No Beard, and I highly recommend it." - the Zen of Motherhood, blog
"Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life is an amusing picture book that puts the reader in the minds of a young boy and girl who pretend they are sailing the seas aboard a pirate ship.  The story is filled with fun pirate quips such as "shiver me timbers!", "batten down the hatches", "sail ho", "Davy Jones's locker" and more." - Renee, Mother Daughter & Son Book Reviews, blog
"The pictures are bright and colorful. ...I really enjoy reading Carol P. Roman's books. They all prove to teach a lesson to kids... " - Jessica Cali, Cali Book Review, blog

From the Author

Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirates Life - Awards:
  • 2013 ERIK Award for Best Children's Book 2013
  • NABE Pinnacle Award 2012
  • Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit
  • Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012
  • Indie Reader Approved 4 1/2 Stars - Feb 2016

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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 (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,127,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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"Captian No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life" by Carol P Roman was a very delightful read. I have a Grand daughter who is 8 months and I like to read any book I plan to read to her first in order to know if it is appropriate and something I feel she can grow with. Ms. Roman's book is just that kind of book, with its' wonderfully colorful illustrates and beautifully told story. This is a book I be very happy to read to my Grand Daughter even now at 8 months, and have her grow into it as she gets older. I feel she will enjoy the illustrates and the fun aspect of the story. There was a wonderful twist to the story too, which I think any child will enjoy.
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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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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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