The Granny JJ Adventures

Guyana's Daily Detective (Volume 1)

Children - Adventure
50 Pages
Reviewed on 04/09/2018
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Author Biography

Joshua and his Guyanese wife Glenda got inspired to create The Granny JJ Adventures to help their dual-heritage daughter Seraphina better relate to her extended family, and mother's land.

Based on Ms Juliet, Glenda's mother, a wise woman with ten children who was unafraid to get involved and solve problems - Granny JJ came to life.

Many members of the Guyanese community came together to make these hilarious stories in Guyanese Creole. Guh an solve ah mystery wid she!

There are now four books in the series (with a fifth coming soon); and the first book has been ordered in bulk as an educational resource for Guyanese Schoolchildren.

It has also been favourably reviewed by the Guyanese High Commissioner and viewed by the former President of Guyana, President Granger.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Granny JJ is always right and in the story The Granny JJ Adventures: Guyana’s Daily Detective (Volume 1) by Joshua Cartwright, readers are introduced to her where she lives in a little house surrounded on three sides by a bush in Soesdyke, Guyana. Granny always marks the story with a special fingerprint after solving the mystery. Granny speaks Creole mixed with words from African, Arawakan, Dutch, and East Indian languages. This collection of stories takes young readers along with Granny, who does not like dogs but ends up having one. They also get to see her solving the mystery of the stolen soup and other interestingadventures. So what are the mysteries Granny solves and what are her adventures? Let us read the book to find out.

The stories are adorable and written in Creole, which is the Guyanese English, it is a fun read. Granny’s character is well sketched and her zest for life and righteousness is infectious. The black and white illustrations are delightful, just like the story, and they can be colored, making it more appealing to young readers. The stories are fun and can be used in classrooms for interactive sessions and bedtime story-telling. I like the way Granny stays active and alert, despite her age, and that is encouraging to readers as it will make them realize that age is not a barrier. All the stories and all the characters in the stories are lovable and memorable and they will make children want more adventures from Granny. I cannot wait for Volume 2 and I am sure readers will echo that thought with me!

Gina Amico

Love it! I plan to incorporate this into my lesson plans, as a Primary Literacy Specialist with the Peace Corps

Lazan

This wonderful book takes readers on a unique journey with spirited Granny JJ. The stories are filled with the vision of a Grandma who teaches lessons in an interesting way. I found myself laughing at the antics that takes place in each story. My favorite was the thief of the Milk Powder. This one was especially genius! I can just picture this really happening and being a true way of catching the thief. I think we all have a grandma that thinks on her feet and knows how to catch us in any lie. The Creole language was interesting to learn as I read along and I actually founf myself begining to easily understand the writing. This book is a great additon to any library as it offers readers a new way of learning about a different culture. Excellent Book!

Robin Miller

I enjoyed reading "Granny JJ Adventure," as it is a great read for children in the Guyana community. The main character is a sassy and spiritual Granny who uses her internal wits to solve cases that nobody is able too. The stories of Granny's adventures to catch thieves will keep children's attention span glued to each chapter.

Lynda Robinson

What a great story to read! This book combines a different culture and morals, with just the right amount of sass to keep the reader pulled in. I would recommend to children of all ages

S. West

What a great and unique way to showcase Granny JJ’s daily life and routine. Very entertaining and cute way to share the reading of these stories with children. I also liked the illustrations- very creative

MT Atallah

Guyanese readers will especially enjoy this and all Guyana descendants around the globe.
I liked the use of the Guyanese lingo and the illustrations were fabulous. The main character could be someone's real life granny. Very funny and is so real to Guyanese family life.

Mike Passafiume

This book combines a different culture and morals which is well done... In doing so in a very creative fashion that can capture & hold young readers attention and in doing so get them to explore their imaginary senses. Kiddos will love Granny JJ as she take them on tales of her daily life and routines while teaching important lessons at the same time. Illustrations are excellent as well!