Book Reviews

What readers are saying about JJ Goes to the Northwoods

JJ Goes to the Northwoods is a heartwarming children’s story that will encourage children to be adventurous, curious, and develop a love of nature. JJ is a young girl who likes to spend most of her time indoors. When her family goes on a trip to visit her grandparents and go hiking, she’s concerned because of her fear of bugs and bats. JJ resolves to be brave and with the help of her family, learns that nature is not as scary as she once thought. JJ realises that nature is beautiful and by the end of the story, she’s even asking how she can help to protect and preserve it. The family trip comes to an end, and JJ leaves her grandparents’ home, excited to return to the woods one day in the future. Overall, the story has a wonderful message, teaching the next generation about the importance of taking care of the environment. In addition, Lea Embeli’s illustrations help emphasize this point and bring Hardgrove’s wonderful tale to life. Highly recommended!”
— Book Excellence Awards Team

“Great gift! We gave this to our 5 year old niece to help get her excited to come visit us in Wisconsin this summer. (She lives out of state). Now when we call her all she can talk about is if we’re going to go to a cabin like JJ does. So cute!”
— N. Hengels

“Love this book! This book is like a warm and cozy hug. The feeling of traveling to a place with your family as a tradition, and all the lasting memories that are made…I could read it over and over.”
— Cristine S.

“Inspiring. This is a great book for young readers, and inspiring for them to learn more about the great outdoors!”
— Julie G.

“My daughter absolutely loves this book! It is one of her favorites to read, and she even gave a copy of it to her class. She says she is trying to be more adventurous like JJ and explore the outdoors. She even declared she is trying not to be so afraid of spiders anymore! Overall, an excellent, easy to read book filled with imagination and adventure perfect for school age readers.”
— Cheri N.