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Book Review: Lumberjanes, Vol 1, Beware the Kitten Holy (Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen)

Publisher: Boom! Box

Pages: 112

Release Date: April 7th 2015

Summary:

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Review:

This was a Christmas present from Nathan, and the sneaky guy bought me Volume 2 the other day and stuck it into my TBR pile when I wasn’t looking. Lucky I enjoyed this one and want to read the next!

This is a colourful, whimsical tale about a group of girls at Lumberjanes camp, making friends and earning badges and investigating the mysterious things that keep happening. I liked that you’re just plopped right into the middle of the story: there’s no slow introduction of characters or anything, it’s just BAM we’re in the middle of the forest fighting three eyed foxes. As you do. It definitely grabbed my attention.

I loved all the girls in the group and loved their diversity even more. They’re all very different and I think there’s someone there for everyone to connect to. My personal favourite was April, who might be the smallest in the group, but she had no problem beating a giant statue in an arm wrestle. Ripley was a little annoying to me but hey, we all have a friend like that tin the group.

The art style is quite cartoony, very fun and colourful and I really liked it. It reminded me a lot of Adventure Time, not just the art but the phrases and maths and science etc. “Math and science and logic TO THE MAX!”

I loved the puns, the female friendships and I especially liked the interaction with the boys camp. The introduction of their camp leader was my favourite bit: he’s got his rather stereotypical notions of what boys should be doing, and it doesn’t involve being clean or baking cookies like his campers do. Best line of the book: “I AM GOING TO CATCH A FISH BY WRESTLING IT AWAY FROM A BEAR”. Proper made me chuckle.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the book at first but it definitely grew on me and by the end I was hooked. I’m intrigued to know what’s going on and I’m lining up the second volume to be read already.

4

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