Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Reading 2016 Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life


Captain No Beard and his hearty crew are off for high seas adventure. They are very busy swabbing the deck, pumping the bilge, and climbing the mast to keep a lookout. What they think could be ship on the horizon turns out to be a terrible storm - and they almost lose their First Mate overboard! Being the captain is hard work, but No Beard pulls his crew through the danger and even leads them to some doubloons. Overall, it was a voyage that got a bit rough, but was a success in the end.

Who hasn't gone on an imaginary voyage or set up clubhouse of some sort with their friends? The author has recaptured some of that childhood imagination and created a story about a boy and his cousin having fun pretending to be pirates. One of the nicest parts of the story is that his mother plays along when they decide she is a mermaid bringing them treasure. Cool mothers who still remember how to play are a great treasure all by themselves, but when they bring fresh-baked cookies, that is even better. I remember draping a quilt over a picnic table to create a fort, or a spaceship. Perhaps this will be the story that encourages children to use their own imaginations and set sail to places unknown.

I received a copy from the author for review purposes.

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