We have loved the “Lumberjane” graphic novel series. The first book “Beware the Kitten Holy” sucked both my son and I right in and we couldn’t wait to get the rest of the series and see what happens! We have picked up volumes 2 through 6 and decided to review them all in one post. We love them all so here are our quick synopses.
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Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max (vol. 2) – Stevenson, Ellis, Watters, Allen, & Laiho
In Volume 2 we learn more about the campers and the camp. In the first chapter we meet Diane right before the dinosaurs attack the camp. Roanoke Cabin has to fight to save the day. With their team work they are able to over come 2 of the dinosaurs and the mysterious “Bear Lady” shows up to take care of the third. Meanwhile Rosie comes in to take over and to retrieve her strange blue jewel. We also find out Diane might not be who she says she is and that she is up to no good. This was a fun volume that tied up some loose ends (like the boy’s camp sitaution) and has provided me with my new favorite catch-phrase: “Yippe-ki-yay Mother Necessity!” There is problem solving and more “friendship to the max” as they work to solve the mysteries that plague them in this volume. Super fun and fast read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan (vol 3) – Stevenson, Watters, Nowak, & Laiho
Our stories start off with the girls trying to earn their “If you’ve got it, haunt it” badges for ghost stories. The campers all get worked up and when noises come from the forest they run leaving their smores for the “Bear Woman”. From here the book splits into two parts. It is a free day for all of the campers. Mal and Molly take off for a picnic alone and the other girls from Roanoke Cabin are working on catching up on the badges they haven’t earned yet. While Mal and Molly are on their picnic they end up in the special world that the “Bear Lady” goes in and out of and she takes them on an incredible adventure. Will they find their way back? Will April, Ripley and Jo earn the most boring and out of date badges the camp offers? Read and find out!
We liked this one too, but I didn’t like it as much as some of the others. The first 2 volumes were packed with adventure, and this was less so. The illustrations we good, but I prefer the illustrations from earlier volumes (I guess I just got used to them). I also prefer the 5 girls staying together and solving the problems and we didn’t have that with this one. It was good, but not my favorite volume. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.
Lumberjanes: Out of Time (vol 4) – Stevenson, Watters, Allen, & Laiho
This was a great one with lots of action and we learn more about the history of Rosie, the Bear Lady and a new character – Abigail. It is winter in the summer and the animals are doing strange things. Jen is attacked by wolves but saved by Abigail. She has an amazing lodge home near the camp and Jen wakes up there, disoriented and scared. The campers have no idea where she is but set out to find her and bring her back to camp. Rosie learns that the friend that she met years before at Lumberjanes camp, Abigail, was in the area and living nearby. She stops by and finds Jen there. We find out there are lots of hurt feelings on both Rosie and Abigail’s sides and Abigail feels like Rosie abandoned her. During an argument, Jen and Rosie fall through a trap door and really need rescuing. Meanwhile Abigail is convinced she needs to kill a certain animal to make the forest safe again. Will Rosie and Jen make it out and will the campers save the day again? This one was super fun with loads of action! 5 out of 5 stars.
Lumberjanes: Band Together (vol 5) – Stevenson, Watters, Leyh, Allen, Nowak, & Laiho
I loved the start of this because we got to see how the campers arrived at camp and you get to see their families. We then move into the campers having a great day and enjoying a picnic by the lake. They need to get packed up to head back to camp because there are some important things Ripley needs to do (Dress for Success Badge) and the Bandicoot Bacchanal is going on. While fishing Jo gets her hook caught on a mermaid. They start chatting when a group of merpeople show up and April is completely smitten. She has loved mermaids forever and sees they are having issues getting along and she wants to help. She concocts a plan to go underwater and help her new friends and merwomyn Harlow and Taylor mend their relationship and to get Harlow back into the band. Will see succeed and will the others make it back in time to do what they need to do? Fun story line here and I liked that there was a lesson in it – April feels she can always fix things and often does it at the expense of others time (they miss out on what they need to to). Friendship wins out and they always end on a happy note with that. I give this one a 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Lumberjanes: Sink or Swim (vol 6) – Watters, Leyh Pietsch, & Laiho
April is continuing in her over-achieving ways and really wants to get the last badge in the “I’ve had the mari-time of my life” nautical life skills section. This means the entire cabin has to succeed in this set of skills. According to Seafaring Karen, they all pass or they all fail. In this story we learn Seafaring Karen isn’t exactly who she says she is and it turns out she is trapped on land as a group have taken over her ship. The Bear Lady gets involved to help solve the situation with Molly and Ripley and we learn more about what she is up to and why she is always going between worlds. She is also working on recruiting Molly to help her out with her work. Will Molly join? Will they get Karen’s ship back? This was another fun one! 4 out of 5 stars!