4pagesReviewed by Alyssa Katanic

So, have you checked out any of Carole P. Roman’s works for the children in your life yet? If not, you are missing out! She has added some great new volumes to her Captain No Beard series (which is a MUST for every Pirate loving boy and girl!), and her geography series If You Were Me and Lived In… She is even presenting a book that was written and illustrated by her five year old grandson, Alexander Luke, called Whaley’s Big Adventure that is excellent!

Whaley’s Big Adventure is not only a cute story about a blue whale who swims out to meet and visit with other whale friends, it also contains facts about whales in general, and introduces readers to a few specific species of whales by giving a little bit of information about each one as Whaley meets them on his adventure. The illustrations are VERY well done on what may have originally been construction paper, with water colors and markers. Not only did my children enjoy the book itself, but they were excited and inspired by the fact that the author/illustrator was just five years old!

Whaley’s Big Adventure is perfect for sea loving children and a great way to help our children learn more about whales.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

A Couple more “sea worthy” tales by Carole Roman are her latest additions to her Captain No Beard Series: The Treasure of Snake Island and The Crew Goes Coconuts!

In The Treasure of Snake Island, the crew of the Flying Dragon begins their day by admiring the red sunrise. It is beautiful, but Polly the Parrot reminds them that a “red sky at morning” warns sailors of oncoming storms. How does she know this? “I read it in a book!… That is how I learn everything, by reading!” (Music to this homeschooling momma’s ears!) Sure enough, it storms, but, thanks to Polly’s reading and warning the others, they had plenty of time to prepare. After the storm, Polly tells them more about books being “wondrous things” and Captain No Beard is reminded of a treasure map that he has tucked into his pocket. The last place First Mate Hallie would want to go is a place called “Snake Island”, she’s afraid of snakes, but there is a promise of treasure there! Can you guess what that treasure is?

Rating: ★★★★★ 

The Crew Goes Coconuts! find the crew of the Flying Dragon out on another adventure. Captain No Beard is out of sight, but there is a new crew member, Matie the Goat. First Mate Hallie and Cabin Girl Cayla adore her, but the rest of the crew is teasing Matie because of her name and the way that she talks. They are really upset with her for drinking the last of the juice on a hot dry day and they refuse to be nice. However, just because they cannot see their captain, does not mean that they are out of his sight!

When Captain No Beard steps in, he has a creative way of showing his crew that there are good and not so good things in everyone’s character, but no one likes to be treated badly. The crew all apologize to poor Matie, and go about a better way of letting Matie know that they were angry because they were thirsty after she had finished drinking all of the juice. Matie hadn’t been able to stop them from picking on her before, but she knows how to quench their thirst! All she has to do is to use her head! You will have to read the book to find out how! You and the children in your life will be glad you did!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

If-you-were-me-and-lived-in-Portugal-by-Carole-RomanWhat do Portugal, Russia, and India have in common? They are the next hop, skip, and jump around the world in Roman’s wonderful geography and culture series for young children, If You Were Me and Lived In…

My children have all loved this series from book one, and have come to know what categories to expect as Roman describes what life would be like in each country. They love the list of boys and girls popular names from each country and will call out things like, “My Indian name is Anoop! You can be Nikita!” They look forward to hearing about the different types of foods eaten in each country, like Russia’s caviar, “Ewww, it says they ‘pop in your mouth when you eat them’. I wouldn’t try that!” “Neither would I! But I wish we could have some piroshky (you know, those potato filled pastas)! Those are awesome!” And they all crowd around to see the illustrations that depict the vacation spots, games, and festivals enjoyed in each country, like Portugal’s “Carnevale”, which they learned means to “put away the meat”. It is very much like Mardi Gras, with which many of us are familiar, as it is a feasting and costumed festival that takes place before Lent.

If you have not yet explored a new country through Roman’s series, If You Were Me and Lived In…, I highly encourage you to wait no longer! Each book in the series is definitely rated 5 stars!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Get out there and pick up any of Carole P. Roman’s latest books and enjoy a trip under the sea with Whaley’s Big Adventure, on top of the sea with Captain No Beard and the crew of the Flying Dragon, or across the sea with the If You Were Me and Lived In… series. We can never take our children on too many literary adventures! In the words of Polly the Parrot, “Books are wondrous things!”

Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 7 children under 11 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Carole P. Roman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.