Being a Captain is Hard Work by Carole P Roman
A Captain No Beard Story
Publisher: Red Feather Publishing
Length: 31 pages
Age Recommendation: 4+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Honeysuckle
Captain No Beard is determined to travel to Dew Rite Volcano. He won’t listen when Mongo predicts a storm or Linus indicates they are headed in the wrong direction. He insists Polly cook in the galley even though the seas are getting rough. What’s a crew to do with a stubborn, know-it-all captain? Will they convince the captain he is barreling headlong into danger, or will Captain No Beard jeopardize both his safety and the crew’s with his single-minded determination to go where he wants?
It takes more than a captain to make a ship, well…ship shape and sea worthy, especially in the face of brewing storm. In this fast-paced high seas tale, Captain No Beard is working so hard to be sure all the jobs are getting done he misses some vital clues that could derail his trip to Dew Rite Volcano. As first mate Hallie reminds him, he has two ears and one mouth so he can listen twice as much as speaking. Children will quickly become engrossed in the story to see what all can go wrong before the Captain remembers that leading sometimes means following.
My children are all slightly older than the target audience for this one but even they were listening as we read it out loud. The story is easy to follow with some charming characters. The illustrations are brightly colored and eye catching. It would be easy to make this story extra engrossing by adding in wind, rain and thunder sounds as the ship gets tossed to and fro.
There’s a good lesson taught in this exciting tale and it’s put on a level that’s easily understood. It takes each of the individual talents of the crew doing their jobs to make a successful voyage and it takes a Captain willing to listen to his crew. He doesn’t have to know everything. That’s why he hired an experienced crew.
I liked how the crew shows respect to the Captain but also make a point of standing up for what was right. The Captain comes to his senses and they safely arrive at their destination.
The author included a handy and fun guide to the clouds at the end of the story. Kids of all ages often enjoy cloud watching and will enjoy learning the names of the different formations. A good book with a good conclusion.