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It’s business as usual on the Flying Dragon. Their mission is to find a flag for the ship. Captain No Beard sighs, “Being a captain is hard work,” as he watches the busy crew preparing the vessel for their next adventure. Polly is giving out pretzels; Linus is polishing a lamp. Matie is cracking coconuts, Cayla is stuffing holes, and Hallie is swabbing the deck. High overhead, trouble is brewing, and it is not the weather. Mongo does not want any help from the newest crew member, and it is creating a hurricane of a mess on board. The team must come together and find a task that will fit Zachary without interfering with their own fun. On the way, they acquire a flag that will unite them as both friends and crew. Join the problem-solving crew of the Flying Dragon as they find a flag for their ship and a job for Zach.
After reading and reviewing Captain No Beard; Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles, I was excited to be able to review another of Carole’s Captain No Beard stories. Just like the other book, A Flag for the Flying Dragon has good moral truths that encourage children to problem solve and help one another. Captain No Beard must find a way to keep all of his younger siblings happy and to make each one of them feel important; he finds that dying to his own wishes, self-sacrifice, would be the best way to accomplish this so he gives up one of the things that he desires.
The writing is easy for young children to understand and engage with while they follow along looking at all of the bright pictures. The creativity in this book is evident throughout and I really cannot complain about anything; however, I am aware that different parents have different convictions about certain material so I am going to mention two things that might sit wrong with some parents.
The flag that the flying dragon obtains has a skull on it and is shown twice in addition to the front cover (though faintly). Also, the stuffed animal monkey has an earring in one ear that is shown several times.
I rate A Flag for the Flying Dragon 5 out of 5 stars and encourage parents of tots (under 5 years) to pick up a copy as soon as you can!
Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Each book has won numerous awards, namely the NABE Pinnacle Award, ERIK Award for 2013, ForeWord Review Five Star, Rebecca Reads, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Recently it was awarded the Marble Book Award for Best Illustration in a series for Bonnie Lemaire’s stunning illustrations.