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review 2017-07-23 23:47
LumberJames Volume 1
Lumberjanes Volume 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis

I can see why young kids love this graphic novel for its fast and it’s flashy. The youngsters in this novel are over-the-top, they’re loud, they’re super heroes (in their own way), and when they’re together they’re not afraid and they’re just what young kids need. This graphic novel is made up of adventures that the LumberJanes Scouts set out on to together. These girls are at a camp, a camp where they are not only living like ladies but they’re also learning how to live in the wilderness. While out on these adventures, they meet interesting and exciting characters bringing the girls closer together.

 

At the beginning of each chapter, there is brief but extensive overview of the LumberJanes Field Manual and a badge that is highlighted during the chapter. The illustrations in the novel are bright, busy and colorful. The novel definitely had a lively, cartoon feeling to it. I enjoy it when an illustrator uses a variety of text fonts in graphic novels, as I think that brings these types of novels to life and this novel is living proof of that. There are so many different type of text fonts and sizes in this novel, I really thought this was a plus in this novel.

 

My thoughts on the novel? I thought the story throughout was choppy and sometimes, bizarre. I had a hard time trying to decipher what was actually happening and why? So why were the girls beating up a bunch of foxes, saying, “what wacked-up eyes you haaaaave!” and then later after they had beaten them up, the foxes howled and said, “Beware the kitten holy.” What is this? I was thinking what had I missed. It wasn’t till way later, the words The Kitten Holy helps them get out of another mess. There seemed to be no logic to this madness at times. Yet at other times, brains…….you actually needed to have brains to survive some of their adventures and then, I thought this graphic novel was wonderful but yet, it failed to explain the full details in how they solved the puzzle using their brains. All in all, I think this book has potential, if it gets kids’ reading and it sometimes pulls their brains into the mix, I’m for it. I just might pick up another LumberJane graphic novel and see how it goes.

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review 2017-07-13 12:24
Lumberjanes Vol.1!!!
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen

I think I mentioned this before but I love Prime Reading, cause now I get a chance to check out all these amazing comics for free!!!

 

I love this one A LOT.
I love the girls. They are so AMAZING. Everyone is so different but truly great. Their friendship is the greatest thing. FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!!!
I loved all the stories we got in this volumen. So much fun to read and see.
I loved the art work.

 

This whole thing is just too cute and fun for me to handle!!!

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review 2017-06-23 15:11
Sweet Nellie Bly
Lumberjanes Vol. 4: Out Of Time - Noelle Stevenson,Shannon Watters,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen

The larger mystery of the Lumberjanes begins to unfold as a blizzard strikes in the middle of summer and a monster hunter appears with ties to the camp's past. Also, one of the girls has a passive aggressive snit when a boy tries to participate in the adventure.

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review 2017-06-19 01:07
Holy Anne Bancroft
Lumberjanes Vol. 3 - Shannon Watters

Two of the campers go on a "picnic" with implied lesbian overtones but end up falling through a hole in an outhouse into a lost world of dinosaurs and have an adventure with an old lady werebear. Meanwhile the other girls try and fail to earn badges for mundane activities like cake decorating and scrapbooking.

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review 2017-06-12 05:31
Unsatisfactory followup to the first 4 volumes
Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together - Noelle Stevenson,Shannon Watters,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen
Lumberjanes Vol. 6: Sink or Swim - Leyh Kat,Carey Pietsch, Noelle Stevenson,Shannon Watters,Maarta Laiho,Grace Ellis,Brooke Allen

The first issue in vol.5 is prequel written by Noelle Stevenson. It tells the story of how the 5 main characters and Bubbles the raccoon met when the camp started. It is still true to the character I've met and loved in first 4 volumes. This also explains why I gave these two 2 stars instead of just 1. 

 

Afterwards, without Noelle Stevenson on the team, the story hopelessly tried to make April the single main character instead of the no-single-main-character strategy used in previous volumes. This feels weird, like why is April more special than the others. What's worst is that the story became totally predicable, doctrine about "friendship-to-the-max" and not fun any more. By just skimming the pages, I can already tell the story without reading all the fruitless small talk tries to be funny. 

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