Reviewed by Debbie Douglas
Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard’s steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain’s up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask. When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the Aurora Borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They’re all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky?
I hadn’t read any of the Captain No Beard stories before but the title makes the character sound like fun and who can resist a pirate? The cover is beautifully illustrated with the crew and their ship. Further gorgeous pictures are included throughout the book. There is not too much writing on each page which was a big plus for Craig as he loved all the pictures. Craig was engrossed by the story and particularly like the Aurora Borealis pictures. He was really intrigued how these lights managed to be in the sky. It might have been a nice touch for the author to give a brief explanation of how the lights do come to be in the sky. We had to go and do a bit of research of our own but I love a book which encourages children to explore further so this omission was forgiven.
I liked how the book dealt with the theme of taking other people’s things and explaining that this is wrong. I also liked how they managed to come up with a solution which kept them all right but also didn’t upset anyone’s feelings.
The treasure map included is a fabulous idea. We had great fun deciding where we would like to go and where we could find the beautiful aurora borealis for ourselves.
In conclusion a really lovely book and we would definitely look out for another one in the series.
RRP: £6.99 (paperback)
For more information on the Captain No Beard stories visit www.caroleproman.com.
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