The Incredibles Coffee Adventures Around the World

Children - Adventure
34 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2021
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Author Biography

Cambraia Fonseca Fernandes is a journalist (Faculdade Estácio de Sá–Rio de Janeiro), illustrator, and graphic designer (School of Visual Arts–NYC) and book publisher (New York University–NYC). She’s worked for several publishers in New York City: Modern Publishing, Chelsea House Publishers, Scholastic, and W. H. Freeman / Macmillan (books on genetics, astronomy, mathematics, physics, statistics, and other genres). She was awarded at the book show in New York as a book and cover designer. (An Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 7th Edition.)
At the age of 12, she read her first science fiction book and thus discovered the magical world of adults, where dreams and creativity lead people to think about all the possibilities they have in this wonderful universe, where good and evil mix continuously. The magical world of children and science fiction together leads to adventure for all those who love to dream. But not everything for Cambraia is summed up in science fiction.
As the daughter and grand daughter of one of the many coffee growers in Brazil, she decided to write a children’s book about the adventures and misfortunes of coffee around the world, and adults curious about the indispensable drink in their daily lives will find it enjoyable also. Our hero here, the Coffee, will take readers on a journey through the ages and around the world.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Do you like coffee? I’m sure the adults around you depend on it every day, usually to get the day started. Do you know where coffee originates? It looks dark brown when people drink it, but it actually comes from a red bean. It’s the roasting that turns the red bean brown. Coffee has an interesting history, one that is often overlooked as people take for granted the dark brown drink they enjoy so much. But, imagine a single coffee bean with a great big adventure story, one that will rival the heroes you usually read about, like Captain Marvel and Superman.

Cambraia Fonseca Fernandes’ comic book story, The Incredibles Coffee Adventures Around the World, is a clever way to teach young readers about the history of coffee. This includes the many countries and their varying cultures at the time coffee was first introduced to them. The protagonist is a single red coffee bean, who tells his story in the first-person narrative as if he’s addressing a group of children. It’s story hour, in a way, and the exciting revelation of coffee’s discovery and introduction to the world is the adventure. The illustrations, as with any comic book, lead the story forward. It’s cleverly told, with bits of humor and lots of excitement (particularly in times and places where coffee was prohibited), as the protagonist proudly proclaims, “I am always your friend, for all hours!” The author and artist has put considerable thought into making this an enjoyable and informative read.