Being A Captain Is Hard Work

It was Library Week at our local school. My son’s teacher asked me to read a favourite book to the class and of course I was thrilled to do just that! So on Friday I packed up my pirates treasure chest, my crew of stuffed animals and pirate ship and headed off to the school. My son was so excited to share “Being A Captain Is Hard Work” with all his friends that he could hardly wait for me to get there!


“Being A Captain Is Hard Work” by Carole P Roman is another installment in the “Captain No Beard” series of books. It’s the story of Captain No Beard and Crew as they journey to Dew Rite Volcano. Captain No Beard risks the safety of his crew and ship when he refuses to listen to his mates. When Mongo predicts a storm and Linus informs him that they are headed in the wrong direction, the Captain insists that he knows best. Will the crew be able to convince that he is heading into danger?

Ms Roman has created a fun story to teach our little one about the importance of listening to others, even if we think we already know the answers. Both adults and children need to learn how to listen more and talk less. All to often we choose to talk over others and refuse to really hear what they are saying. I often find myself on half listening to my children when they are telling me the correct way to do something, believing that I know all the answers and the results are often not in my favour!

The story is also about friendships and trusting those around us. When the Captain admits his mistakes to his friends, they are there ready to forgive him. He discovers that it isn’t enough to just be Captain and be in charge, that it’s important allow others to do their jobs. This is an important point for me to remember. All too often it’s easier for me to just do a task, rather than wait for my children to do what I’ve asked. This book reminded me that it’s important to trust that my children can shine at the tasks that they are assigned to do (even if they aren’t done the way that I do them).

The story isn’t without it’s science lesson. At the back of the book is a cloud key, where you and your child can discover the different types of clouds that you see in the sky and what it means when you see them. After reading the book you will find yourself and your children looking up at the sky and trying to predict the weather based on what you see in the clouds.

The illustrations are fun and colourful. The characters in the book are familiar from past books that we have read, but it isn’t necessary to read the other books to enjoy  this story.  I’ve read these books to two kindergarten classes and both classes enjoyed the story. They loved to get into the story and say “Aargh!” and “Shiver Me Timbers!”.  The story encourages children to children to use their imagination. It’s the perfect story to read to a classroom, the text is on one side of the page while the images are on the other. The font is large and easily read by young readers.

“Being A Captain Is Hard Work” is a story about listening, friendships and responsibility. Let your children’s imagination set sail and climb aboard the Flying Dragon with Captain No Beard.


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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are 100% my own.


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