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The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard Story Review by Lis Penney

Carole P. Roman
Carole P. Roman Children’s Book Author

The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard Story is the 5th book in this series for young children by Carole P. Roman. Although the story is a short children’s picture book, it is filled with colorful illustrations, pirate-speak, and teamwork.

Captain No Beard and his crew are sailing along, when Polly the Parrot notices the red sky, and sounds the alarm, introducing the common phrase, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning.’ We discover that Polly learned the phrase in a book, as she extols the many virtues of learning through literature.

As the crew continues their adventure to and on Snake Island, searching for hidden treasure, their conversation is interspersed with pirate-ish phrases; “Shiver me timbers!” “Land ho!” and “Matey,” which should delight any child who lives for Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day. .

We thought the illustrations were bright and a little zany, with enough detail to delight any child with an artistic eye. The favorite character at our house is Polly the parrot. because my six year old “likes her colorful feathers.” His favorite part of the story was when Polly told the crew that they could find books on any subject, from “succotash to snakes.”

I do have a little constructive criticism. This was the first book of the series that we read.  When “Alexander” was mentioned in the final two pages it took us a little while to realize he was Captain No Beard. I have the suspicion that he must have been introduced as such in earlier volumes, but it was an abrupt “Scratch our heads” moment until we figured it out.

Final thoughts:  this is a fun little book for the pirate-happy child that can promote discussions about sayings and introduce literary devices like alliteration and similes if you want to delve that deep.

Product Review by Lis Penney, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May, 2014