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Monday, August 6, 2012

Captain No Beard Book Review

Overall Summary:

- Fun Storyline and Pirate Lingo
- Bright, colorful illustrations
- Imaginative story

- Too much text
- Illustrations too crowded at times
- Some children may lose interest sometimes

I was sent the book to review from the publisher, so here is my review:

The illustrations and the story line of the book are a lot of fun, as was the pirate lingo. However, there were some points in the story where there were no illustrations, only text, and I could tell that my little girl (3 years old) was trying to figure out why all of the pirates we were reading about were gone. I believe it would have been quite simple and straightforward to include illustrations on these pages. Nonetheless, my little girl enjoyed the story and said that she liked it when I asked. In my mind, I wouldn't get this book for your little one until he or she is able to visualize/imagine what is going on really well (perhaps age 4). Overall, I would give the story a 4 out of 5 stars.

I shared the book with another parent, and here is her review:

The storyline is cute. I liked how imaginative it was, and pirates do seem to be the craze nowadays! I like how at the end it was just a couple of kids using their imagination. Sometimes I felt that it was too wordy for a little kid, and it would probably be easy for some young children to lose interest. The pictures are bright, colorful, and eye-catching, but maybe to the point of being a little too busy/crowded. I like how whenever they didn't know the meaning of something they went and looked in the dictionary, teaching kids that you can learn from books. Overall, it has a cute story going for it, but I would say that it needs some improvements, such as illustrations and often simpler text. 3 out of 5 stars because I liked the storyline so much.

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