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!