Saturday, July 27, 2013

Strangers on the high Seas: A Captain No Beard Story by Carole P. Roman (Review & Giveaway)

ISBN-13: 9781480177222
Taking inspiration from the "pirates" in her own ship, author Carole Roman brings us book four in the series Captain No Bear in which the newest member of the crew, Cabin Girl Cayla, is introduced. It doesn't matter that she is still in diapers and is the "littlest" one on board she is important and plays a major role in the outcome of the story.

Prepare yourselves, me Mateys, for a hilarious adventure that is sure to tickle yer innards. The introduction of a new ship sailing their seas and threatening to overtake their ship brings adventure. But Captain No Beard's new crew mate, Cabin Girl Cayla, has a secret weapon and the ship is saved to sail again.

Again the children, Alexander (Captain No Beard), Hallie (First Mate), and stuffed animals have sailed the high seas of the Alexander's bed adventuring as pirates who are learning to save the day, help each other, be considerate, etc.

G IVEAWAY: Carole Roman has graciously provided a copy for one of Chat With Vera's readers to vie for. Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Happy sailing, Matey! Begin July 26 & ENDS August 14  @ 12:01 a.m. EDT.  Open to USA addresses only. (BIG UPDATE: Author authorizes 2 books so we will have 2 winners to each receive a book!!!)
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Disclosure: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author/Bostick Communications in exchange for my honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.


  1. Thanks for the wonderful review...Arrrgh!!!!

  2. Definitely played Pirates as a kid and now as a "grown-up" kid with the grandchildren!

  3. No... I have never sailed to the Land of Counterpane.

    But, I do love Pirates!! :)


  4. No, I never did play pirates that I can remember. I didn't live near water. I played Tarzan/Jane or Swiss Family Robinson... I lived near the woods. :)


  5. No I have never been there, but I have been sick and blue at times and look out the window and wonder what, why, neat poem. thank you - here it is..

    The Land of Counterpane-

    When I was sick and lay a-bed,
    I had two pillows at my head,
    And all my toys beside me lay,
    To keep me happy all the day.

    And sometimes for an hour or so
    I watched my leaden soldiers go,
    With different uniforms and drills,
    Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;

    And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
    All up and down among the sheets;
    Or brought my trees and houses out,
    And planted cities all about.

    I was the giant great and still
    That sits upon the pillow-hill,
    And sees before him, dale and plain,
    The pleasant land of counterpane.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

    1. Dorothy - Thank you so much for taking the time to include the poem in your comments. Don't you just love Robert Louis Stevenson's poems? I recall a children's "Golden Book" titled "A Child's Garden of Verse" and it had this in it. I also had an old set of The Book of Knowledge that I grew up with and I read to my children from it. Lots of excellent, classic literature and poetry in them.

  6. My brothers played pirates, I have 5 granddaughters who have played pirates they have a very vivid imagination, I had som old plastic swords left from their daddies and next thing Iknow they were playing Peter Pan. funny

  7. No; I never sailed to the land of Counterpane. I was kind of fascinated by the "Lord of the Flies"; although they were shipwreck victims and not pirates lol! :-) My son used to like watching "Jake and the Neverland Pirates", but he's more into "Little Einsteins" now. Can't ever remember playing "Pirates" with my brother, only "cops and robbers" and "cowboys and Indians" lol! :-)

  8. I have never sailed to the land of Counterpane! Thanks for the fun giveaway. :)

  9. No, lol, I've never sailed to the land of Counterpane. Thank you for the chance to win this book for my grandson.


  10. Have never sailed to the Land of Counterpane, but would like to win this book for my nieces & nephews - so that they can! Thanks!


  11. I can't remember ever playing pirates - but am sure my grandchild & nieces & nephews have, due to the popularity of the movies about them.


    (Couldn't find another spot to comment, but this is the 2nd question I have commented on here. Thanks!)

  12. No, I've never sailed there....but I appreciate the chance to! Thanks!!!!

  13. We played Pirates when we were little. We had a pool in our backyard and that was our ship. Loads of fun!!!!


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