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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
If you're looking for a colorful children’s picture book about decisions, perseverance and consequences, pick up a copy of Being a Captain is Hard Work: A Captain No Beard Story (Volume 10) by Carole P. Roman. This book is part of a series about a captain who is as stubborn as it comes when he has his mind set on a task, mission or goal. Against all of the best interests of his crew, Captain No Beard stops at nothing - from dark clouds, high winds or rough seas - to get to the Dew Rite Volcano. Everyone is puzzled as to why Captain No Beard can't see these unstable forces that can put their lives at risk. It is his constant bantering response of “Because I'm the Captain and I know what I'm doing” to their initial questions that causes them to follow his orders, despite what they feel or see.
This is not only a beautifully illustrated children’s book, but the lessons that it displays provide an excellent learning tool for young readers. Children will learn about opposition, teamwork, friendship, and what it takes to be a leader. It was cute that the author added Hallie, to whom the book is dedicated, as a part of the story. As a captain, Captain No Beard is responsible for both the good and the bad that happens to the ship and his crew. If you want to learn how everything turns out, get a copy of the book - the ending will surprise you. As an added bonus, you'll see a Cloud List Key to learn about the different types of clouds floating in the sky.