Monday, July 29, 2013

Rave Reviews!

Did you know that I wrote my first book because my son dared me to? I did!
I wrote my first series of books, the Captain No Beard series, based on games I was playing with my grandson.

I wrote another book for children based on my love of yoga. From there, I began a new series of cultural books, If You Were Me and Lived In... series that tells how children live around the world.

This is what others have been saying about a few of my books.

Captain No Beard
"My children loved this cute tale of a pirate that has a hard life for a kids pirate because according to him being a captain is not an easy job. I have 5 children that range in ages from 10 all the way to 3 this book really appealed to my 3 and 5 year old. They love pirates and the illustrations are super cute." ~Lovely

"Carole P. Roman has a fantastic start to a series of books children of all ages will love. I especially enjoy the fact these books aren't for either boys or girls, they are for BOTH! Full of fun and adventure, you'll be traveling back to your childhood with these wonderful books." ~Kissably Sweet

"We love the illustrations, and the pirate jargon, esp. "Shiver me timbers!" ...Makes him giggle every time." ~C.

Stuck In The Doldrums
"When groups of children are playing, there are ample opportunities for someone to take offense. Yet, the act of leaving in a fit of anger serves no long-term purpose as children need to learn how to adapt and play through their differences. Roman has written an excellent tale with an important moral, there is value in numbers, even when you are on an imaginary journey." ~Charles

"In this book the kids learn about sharing hard work and how being mean or bossy is wrong even if you're the leader. It teaches children about teamwork and how no one can do things by themselves, especially sailing a pirate boat. Also like the rest of the series, this book is easy to read with some new words your children can learn and it's for both genders, boys and girls." ~BB

"Ahoy Maties! Little pirates will love this series by Carole P. Roman. Filled with fun characters and colorful illustrations, these books are sure to bring out the playful side in kids and adults alike! My favorite thing about Carole's whimsical stories is that they encourage kids to use their imagination." ~Ima

I Want To Do Yoga Too
"I don't know yoga from yogurt,but it appears my grandchildren not only know the difference, took delight in teaching this old grandpa new poses." ~KJH

" I imagine Hallie going home and doing Yoga all over the house, teaching her stuffed animals and friends the new positions she just learned! The simple illustrations and colors emphasize the story and the characters." ~April

"My 3 yr old daughter wanted to try the yoga poses with the book and now since I've started doing yoga she tries to do it with me. Its a great book because you can bond with your little one and teach her the importance of exercise and trying new things. ~Mel

If You Were Me and Lived In... South Korea
"Upon reading the book your child will be introduced to many new places and many South Korean words that they may have never heard of. She speaks of different tourist attractions there. The author tells us about different foods enjoyed there. South Korea has many different hobbies and interests there that are similar to some of those in America. Their culture is very rich in time honored traditions as well." ~Brenda

" an important Korean cultural resource for children
and young people. The book has full color pictures
which depict the Korean language in daily use.
The presentation transcends fact memorization
by presenting the language in various
situational contexts." ~Joseph

"Roman shows a picture of South Korea, identifies its capital as Seoul, tells where it is in relation to other countries, what are usual Korean names, Korean money, interesting places, pastimes, holidays, foods, customs, and the like." ~Israel

Special thanks to everyone that buys my books to share with their loved ones. 

Happy Reading! 
Carole P. Roman


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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ol' Mama Squirrel

If I ever had a fight, I'd want Ol' Mama Squirrel on my team! Inventive, funny, and defender of her territory, Ol' Mama Squirrel will do just about anything to protect her young. Finally, after exhausting every trick, she must find a way to protect her home from a very large predator. And she does, and it's wonderful. A great story about standing firm, using your brain and teamwork. Great read aloud book!

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Book Review: The Inquisitor's Wife

I love Jeanne Kalogridis. She captures life from different time periods with an eye for detail and the human experience. While these characters were interesting, I found them slightly too modern and unbelievable. I felt they didn't capture the fear of the time, the relationships didn't fit what was expected from an obedient daughter in 15th century Spain. Marisol seemed too modern in her sensibilities, her father and mother too modern as well. I loved the way she represented Isabella, her duplicity, her formal, pious face and carefree private persona was well written. Jews were thrown out of Spain, losing homes, business, and their Spanish identity. Kalogridis captures some of the torture, and sense of persecution, but it feels isolated, as though it only affected a mere few. This was a major upheaval throughout all of Spain. The Inquisitors attacked anyone who could give any information. In her other books, you can feel the isolation and despair of the main characters, here not so much. I also feel the ending was unrealistic and trite, a bit predictable. Not my favorite of her books, but well written none the less.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Monday, July 22, 2013

Book Review: The Day The Crayons Quit

Creative and adorable, this book makes you think. The crayons each have a valid complaint and Duncan has the job of being the referee. Some are used to much, some too little, others complain they are not being used for the right thing, each has a bone to pick with the young artist using them. This is a book about problem solving and the ending teaches young ones, if you think hard- you will find a solution to make most everyone happy. Bravo!

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Review: Poison

Captivating read about the life of a French Princess wedded to the Spanish heir to the throne in the 17th century. Beautifully written, Harrison recreates the glittering Hapsburg Spanish court, filled with treachery, adultery and murder. Not for readers expecting a light historical read, its the tragedy of two girls, one a princess the other a peasant, and traces the impotency of finding happiness in their own lives. Faced with torture, with no one to trust, it's a depressing spiral downward of two women that fate won't allow survival. Poison is a provocative read that will stay with you long after you close the book.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book Review: God Save the King

The Georgian Kings are not as titillating as the Plantegenet or even have the publicity power of the Tudors. God Save the King was like a 18th century reality show, bringing the dysfunction of the royal family into the open. Laura Purcell paints a vivid picture of the royal family making them appear all too achingly human. Queen Charlotte, often eclipsed by her more famously "Mad" husband is drawn as a depressed matriarch swinging between abuse and smothering love. Her disappointments in all her relationships are played out as she ages. George in all his crazy glory is his yin to her yang for the children, alternating between delightful interest to willful isolation trying to hold onto the family he wants frozen in a perfect childhood. Each one of the princes and princess's bring a boatload of problems to the mix and the parents struggle to keep them from being hurt- often being the one to hurt them the most. An interesting book, novel idea- I think I got to know the Georgian crew much better and in my own mind was able finally to put faces to the names.

Happy Reading!

Carole P. Roman

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FREE Shirts Today!!!! Please Read This Post For All The Details!

The Captain has free shirts to give away! If you leave a review on Amazon for any book by Carole P. Roman, send an email to and provide a copy the review in the message. Also leave me your name, address and size. I have children's sizes xs, s , m, l! Offer is available for the first 50!!! You can find a complete list of books on Amazon!

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Book Review: The Diary of Mattie Spenser

I love Sandra Dallas. I read a book of hers many years ago and never forgot it. I fell out of this genre and this book pulled me right back in again. Sandra Dallas writes of the women who won the west. Reading about the hardships, whether it was the hostile environment, terrible weather or cruel husbands, she writes of women's courage and strength that forged the foundation that built the west. Unsentimental, but with a rich voice of what life was like in the second half of the 19th century, Dallas embroiders a wonderful tapestry of the life on the plains for the brave women who built a life there.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman

Stuck In The Doldrums AND If You Were Me And Lived In France! Free Download Today On Amazon!!!

"Stuck In The Doldrums" and "If You Were Me And Lived In...France" are available for free download today! I hope you will read them and leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. I'd love to get your feedback!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Review: Keeping Faith

This was my first book by Jodi Picoult and what a doozy. It is a book about Faith, and I am not talking about the main character here who happens to be named Faith. A child caught in a bitter custody battle begins to speak to a imaginary stranger, develops stigmata and is able to heal the sick. This starts a media frenzy that throws the child and her mother in a struggle between the medical and religious communities. Everybody is fighting over the child and nobody quite understands or even believes what's happening. Gripping and insightful, Picoult has turned out a controversial and fast paced read that will keep you up long after you finish the last page. As I said earlier, it is a book about faith, but it's also a testament to what a mother will do to protect her child. A great and suspenseful read.

Happy Reading!
Carole P. Roman