Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Meet Jet, a scrappy groundhog that must work with humans and forecast lightning strikes to save his home from an eco super villain planning to pulp entire national forests with giant, robotic milling snakes. Jet lost his father and hero, Ray, during his first garden raid, shot by their human neighbor, Mr. Trapper. Jet also lost his hearing in one ear and escapes alone over the electric fence, which scars his paws but gives him the unique ability to forecast lightning, in addition to supercharging his other weather-forecasting abilities.
Groundhogs: The Supercharged Forecaster by Jared Lillis is one big fun adventure from start to finish. The clever and funny terms such as ‘Sniff-N-Gnaw Snake Pit’ and ‘Warning Whistle Climb’, coupled with the engaging prose and eye catching illustrations (a must if you want to attract young readers), meant that even I as an adult found the story highly entertaining. I also like the way the environmental message is presented through the plot, making it easy to understand as well as making kids think about taking care of nature while having fun with Jet’s adventure. Young readers will definitely root for this brave groundhog in his quest to save his home.
All in all, author Jared Lillis has done a really excellent job here. Groundhogs: The Supercharged Forecaster is imaginative, and a clever way to teach children about the importance of taking care of the environment. I’m interested to read more of Lillis’ work. I highly recommend this book to my fellow readers, especially parents and teachers.