It's opening time at the coffee house. While the sun rises, the lion and kangaroo baristas welcome a menagerie of colorful customers. Join them in saying good morning to the beans, machines, and—yes, please!—caffeine! Smile along as they greet the espressos, lattes, mochas, frappes, drips, sips, and much more. Yay coffee!
Whether you prefer brewed or pressed, black or cream, mochas or macchiatos, single origin or groovy blends, if you’ve gotta have your daily grind, this playful picture book for grown-ups and coffee-culture families is for you. Good Morning Brew is brought to you by the same author and illustrator team behind the bestselling Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People.
Need a refresher on how coffee travels from field to cup? Perplexed by espresso options? Don’t miss the bonus coffee infographics at the end of the book!
Karla Oceanak is the author of the Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel Series, which has been honored with a Colorado Book Award, a Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Regional Book Award, an IndieNext selection, and other accolades. She has worked as a writer and editor for more than twenty years and has authored more than 100 books, some of which have been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew. Karla and her husband, Scott, live in Colorado with their three teenage boys in a house strewn with ping-pong balls, cell phone chargers, video games, books, and dirty socks.
I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads. As I read it, I imagined it could have been written by Dr. Seuss. It had that kind of metric, sing-songy feel. Then, I read the disclaimer about any connection to Goodnight Moon. I realized that I am not that familiar to Goodnight Moon, but I do know and recognize the Dr. Seuss stories. This book is truly a parody and a fun read. I can see myself reading it aloud with my grandchildren, to help with reading skills and just for fun.
It's fun. Whimsical. It's something to read in the morning to get a good mood going while waiting for your coffee to brew.
Something I adore about the book is that it in no way takes itself seriously. I see so many things portrayed here that I remember from my coffee haunts of old (I don't live near a good one anymore, and trudging down to the city just for a cuppa isn't my thing.) The parody part of it will appeal to parents, and it would be (and is) fun to read out loud to someone else. The writing on each page is pretty minimal, so most of the content is illustration.
The illustrations are a delight to look at. They're detailed yet just enough is off kilter to be perfectly amusing. It feels like something I would doodle with a pack of markers and then color in, almost like a walk in my own imagination, just drawn by someone else. There are no humans in the book, but each animal is a perfect representation of the people you find in small coffee shops. The regular guys page had me giggling.
The book itself was a lot more than I was expecting. (I was guessing it would be a paperback sort of book.) The pages are thick, and not quite glossy, easy to turn and hold while reading. The book is a hardcover, made of sturdy material and smooth to the touch.
I'd be happy to receive it as a gift or to gift it to someone else. Someone that is not only dear to me but enjoys coffee as much as I do.
Coffee shop lovers will truly love this one. it's a playful take on our daily morning coffee rituals. The rhyming is light and playful without being obsessive. While the book is geared toward "adults" the test and flow are also perfect for reading to your young ones.
For folks who enjoy a good coffee shop beverage but don't know all of the lingo, the authors have a picture based description of the main coffee beverages. it's helpful.
Such a fun and cute read for both myself and my baby. He was very impressed with the illustrations and seemed to like the rhymes. Even though he has no idea what any of the words mean, and won't for a while still, I saw him studying the animals with great interest. My husband identified himself as the coffee-brewing lion on the cover, so I think this book is a win for everyone in the family. I won an advanced copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway :)
I liked the book, the illustrations were colorful and fun. I liked the end where it shows how coffee is grown and made. The last part Do you speak espresso is a good chart to go back to. I will pass this book along to my java drinking friends and relatives so they too can enjoy Good Morning Brew!!!
This is a great book for anyone who loves coffee. Great for adults who love starting their mornings with a cup of coffee in hand, and great for parents who want to jump start their children's love of coffee a little early in life. This is an adorable story to start the morning, and it contains wonderful illustrations.
It is a cute book and parody of God Night Moon. The artwork is fun to look at and it seems I spot something new every time I check the pages out. I am already planning to share it with my more intense coffee drinking friends.
I also enjoyed the coffee bean lore at the end and how to do it on your own...if you have the time. :-)
I won this book via Goodreads Giveaways. Goodnight Moon has always been one of my favorite children's books. This parody does not disappoint! From the rhyming words, to the subtle changes in the pictures as the day begins, to the kitty hiding on every page - both author & illustrator have done a great job of representing our daily ritual.
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. A cute book, but not exactly captivating. Will be sharing with my coffee-addicted sister. The parody was a bit lost on me. I think I am the wrong age. The artwork is bright and fun. I enjoyed the coffee facts at the end of the book especially.