Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ahoy Matie! The Crew Goes Coconuts! and Matie is the Target! Fun Colorful Story by Carole P. Roman...

Carole P. Roman has a pirate crew series headed up by Captain No Beard...well of course he doesn't have a beard--he's not old enough! Duh... Couldn't call him Bluebeard, or Blackbeard, right!? Besides he's not a real pirate even though a handful of jewels came with the book, as well as a passport to use when we travel...But isn't it fun to pretend? LOL 

Today's review is on the latest (6) addition to the series and is just as funny, colorful, and instructional as, I am sure, the other books are... 

 But, let me tell you a little about what the crew is up to this time... and it's more a fable than an adventure tale... and Matie is the might say... 
At least he's who everybody starts to bully! See if you can guess from the front cover who Matie is...

The Crew Goes Coconuts!
A Captain No Beard Story
By Carole P. Roman

"It's all because of that goat Hallie brought aboard,"
Mongo the monkey grumbled.
"She drank a double portion" Polly Parrot whispered as they
moved to a corner of the deck.
"Whoever heard of a goat named Matie?"
Linus the lion growled.
Fribbet hopped around the deck looking for Captain No Beard.
"Oh no, Captain..." His face looked worried.
"The crew is not happy...oh no, sound the alarm..."
It was fortunate that the crew was sailing in the right location when it happened, else it could have been really dangerous--scurvy and all that, you know...

You see, they were totally out of water and juice! They normally stocked up with juice boxes, but they had taken on a stranger who had, accidentally, I am sure, drunk the last!

They were standing in water with no wind for the sails, but the sun was so bright! They had already searched for water, but it just was not available. "It was hot and they were thirsty!

And that's when it started--somebody had to be blamed! 

And Matie had been the one to drink the last...therefore, she was to blame! Of course, they wouldn't have thought to realize just how much each of them had already consumed!

Now Hallie was the youngest of the crew, even still in her diapers... But not even crying was going to help, so she just stood by Matie while the others started teasing...

"Matie the goat!" Lion roared. "What kind of a name is that?" Her name should be Gilly, or Gertrude...:
"Or Gail!: Mongo added...
Mongo, Linus, and Polly laughed and danced around her, pulling at the new ribbon.
"Maaaaaatie!" they shouted with laughter.
"You can't even say it right," said Mongo...

And then they were checking to see that everybody agreed that Matie was to blame! Well, that didn't work and then they started to take sides!

But by that time, the Captain was climbing down the ladder. Even he was hot and disgruntled, "Being a Captain is hard work," he mumbled under his breath. In fact, he was so irritated that he started to call them right from the ladder! Uh. Oh.

The Captain's got to do what the Captain's got to do and he started talking to each of those who started the trouble!
When he did not get a response, he demanded,
"Attention! Front and center!"
They all jumped to form a line and he walked up ano! d
down the ranks, stopping fir at Mongo.
"Mongo! Tell me something..."
After he had settled everybody down, well, you'll just have to wait to see! After all, there's lots more happening and you'll have to find out whether they are finally safe and sound...

And who saved the day!

This is simply a darling story. There's so much it is telling about getting along, but it is so much fun seeing the Captain take control of those who were causing the trouble...just about everybody who reads this book, including me, are bound to have learned something...

Me? I found out that sometimes having a hard head is just what's needed! LOL

Full of creative imagery and a fascinating merge of pictures with words, Carole Roman will provide fun and learning all at one time! It's sensitively done so that the bullying is demonstrative in a light fashion, yet makes the point by having the Captain face each of the ones who are doing the teasing... And I loved the ending!

Highly recommended, as always, for all ages up to early teens, if they're still willing to read it...


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 Remarkable 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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