Written by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
Art by Carolyn Nowak
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release date: January 21, 2015
Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! It’s a free day at camp! With no planned activities Mal and Molly finally head out for a date, sorry, picnic while April leads Jo and Ripley on a mission to earn as many of the boring and outdated scout badges as possible. What could possibly go wrong?
While Aprils groups have a relatively normal day scouring the scout handbook for the most interesting and boring badges to earn, Mal and Molly’s picnic is cut short when they spy the bear lady and decide to follow her into an outhouse and a strange new world.
Opening with a splash page of the camp that is incredible in its diversity you just cannot deny that Carolyn Nowak is doing fantastic work filling in for Brooke Allen. Showing girls of all shapes, sizes and races, Nowaks take on the campers is bubbling with energy. She captures each girl’s personality beautifully though her excellent use of posture, facial expression and even hairstyle. Not to mention, Ripley ballroom dancing with a raccoon – my personal highlight.
The narrative remains utterly charming and moves along at a pace the mimics long summer days at camp and whips up more than a little nostalgia. The dialogue is thoroughly teenaged and brings so much authenticity to the book. Everything Stevenson and Watters are doing in this book is so positive. They are negating mean girl, teen drama tropes with the propagation of girl love and as a result, Lumberjanes continues to be a delight.
Totally adorable and unashamedly feminist, Lumberjanes feels like it was written with people like me in mind, and when I say people like me, I mean girls. Girls as defined by them selves and not by their relationships with the men in their lives. Featuring both an all girl cast and creative team, Lumberjanes is an all-ages adventure for the hardcore lady types in your life. The boys too, but lets be honest, they get enough.
The Verdict: 9.0/10
Flawless review of the book my daughter devoured the INSTANT she finished her homework today (and that I devoured this morning the INSTANT it was available digitally). I don’t have much more to add, except that I encourage everybody (female, male, adult, child) to read this series. Not only is it “unashamedly feminist,” it’s also completely entertaining and satisfying (and happy proof that these things are NOT, despite what detractors may say, mutually exclusive).