Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters & Grace Ellis
Illustrated by Brooke Allen
Boom! Studios, 2015, 132 pages
About the Authors
Noelle Stevenson is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She started her career with the comic Nimona, which won her the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize along with her first of several Eisner awards. She is the co-writer on Lumberjanes, which has won Eisner, Harvey, and GLAAD awards. She has also been nominated for a Harvey Award. You can see her work on the screen in She Ra and the Princess of Power, which she is the creator and executive producer of.
Shannon Watters is the co-writer and co-creator of Lumberjanes which has won Eisner, Harvey, and GLAAD awards. She is a Senior Editor at Boom! Studios.
Grace Ellis is a former student of Ohio State University student who left to pursue writing full time. She went on to write Lumberjanes and later Moonstruck in 2018.
About the Illustrator
Brook A Allen is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art. She is the original illustrator and co-creator of Lumberjanes.
“You’ve earned the ‘Pungeon Master’ badge.”
Lumberjanes Beware the Kitten Holy contains the first four issues of the award-winning Lumberjanes series. What is a Lumberjane? Well, they are smart, strong, and intuitive adventure-bound girls overflowing with friendship. Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley’s summer of activities is rudely cut by monsters overflowing from the forest to get these girls in trouble. These monsters are all interconnected to a deeper mystery hidden in the forest.
Lumberjanes is a delightful story of this ensemble cast’s journey to get badges and solve a mystery. The art has this classic Saturday morning cartoon style full of vibrant colors that make the characters leap off the page. Every issue starts off with a description of the badge these girls are trying to achieve grounding us in the fact that this world is grounded in the classic world of camp culture. These girls grow as they encounter adversity forcing learning to rely on each other as they all have various strengths and weaknesses. The diversity in the cast’s age allows the story to tackle a variety of coming of age narratives including maturity and young romance. The world of Lumberjanes is a delight and the end of this first issue sets up the main conflict in the series nicely. Young Adult readers are going to be ready to go into the woods to find the next issue so they can unravel the mystery with these girls.
PRR Writer, Jon Kresal
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