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Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

(Lumberjanes #1-4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  48,154 ratings  ·  4,331 reviews

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 supern
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by BOOM! Box
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Andrew Hayford My 8 and 6 year old both loved these books. First time I've seen my youngest really "love" a book so much she read it on her own non-stop.

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Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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i am a fan of the spirit and the messaging and the energy of this book but i'm not personally crazy about either the artwork or the story.

when this book first started making the rounds here on goodreads, for some reason i didn't clock that it was YA. i saw that people were adding it to their YA shelves, but i've come to terms with the fact that as long as there's a teenage character in a book, people are gonna shelve it as YA on goodreads regardless of whether it's intended for teen readers, o
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I was kind of disappointed with this one. I had thought going into this that Noelle Stevenson had done the art, but alas I was wrong. I kind of wish she would've done the art, because I wasn't a huge fan of Brooke Allen's style. It's kind of messy in my opinion. I still enjoyed the story and will definitely be picking up the next volume, but I just wasn't impressed with this volume.

Err… Alright. This is not the tale I was expecting. Yetis, three-eyed foxes, talking animals, crazy boys (literally)… you name it, this graphic novel’s got so many paranormal things that I didn’t even bother to count them.

I’m not going to lie, I thought the whole thing to be quite weird. You can’t make sense of it at all, and we’re not even given some kind of explanation for what’s happening. The characters just go along with everything, because… why wouldn’t they? They’re young, they want acti
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I picked this up because so many of my friends that I trust have gushed about it. (That's how I end up picking up most of my books these days.)

And I wanted to love it. But... I didn't.

Don't get me wrong. I liked it fine. But that's the very definition of damning something with faint praise...

This happens every once in a while. A book everyone else loves leaves me kinda feeling.... meh.

This happens to everyone I think, and it's not an issue of quality. I think it's an issue of personal taste. I
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
THIS WAS SO FUN! It was silly and I loved every minute of it - cannot wait to continue with the series.
Steph Sinclair
HA! This was so cute and hilarious. I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. But with the solid artwork (IT'S SO PRETTY), the dialogue causing me to LOL multiple times and the story being just plain FUN, how could I not?

Things I loved:

- Loved that the camp sign had HARD CORE LADY TYPES nailed over "Ladies."
- Also, FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX! Heck yeah, positive female friendships!

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- The Lumberjanes pledge! "Then there's a line about god or whatever." I DIED.

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- Unexpected puns. LOLOLOLOLOL. Pung
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it

Lumberjanes follows a group of five butt-kicking best friends determined to have an awesome summer together. And they're not going to let a magical quest or an array of supernatural being get in their way!

I’ve been looking to get my hands on this volume for months now. But I didn’t enjoy this graphic novel as much as I hoped I would, there was just something lacking in it for me.
The characters weren’t as developed as I would have like and there wasn't one that stood out to me, although April man
Raeleen Lemay
May 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphicomanga
WELL THIS WAS DISAPPOINTING. The plot basically made no sense at all, and the art didn't match the art on the cover which makes me so sad... There were a couple of funny moments (Ripley is incredible), but overall it was too silly for my taste.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lumberjanes!
I’m really not one for graphic novels; the form generally misses me. But I kept seeing Lumberjanes appear on my feed, and the idea behind it always piqued my interest. Five girls camping at a residential girl scout camp with a hassled cabin leader and a intriguingly supportive camp director sounded both fun and familiar. Luckily, the library had a copy, and off I was to the adventures at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types.

It was fun.


My first surpr
Ashley Nuckles
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Allow me to introduce the Lumberjanes. They aren’t your typical girl scouts . . .

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Nope, these girls aren’t interested in selling cookies. They want ACTION and ADVENTURE!!! It’s action and adventure they will find at Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hard-Core Lady-Types. Follow along as the girls face one quest after another and use their smarts . . .

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To make it past any obstacle in their way . . .

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Kristina Horner
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I found this to be absolutely delightful and I can't wait to get more.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reads

This was so damn adorable and hilarious! The art was gorgeous, the writing was fantastic, the characters were quirky and the story was just great and unique and gave me all the feminist and butt-kicking feels! I need more!!!
Bill  Kerwin
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, comics

It has been a long time since I read any YA or MG fiction (three years ago, in fact, when I read Paul Acampora's I Kill the Mockingbird), and decades since I read any comic books (except for graphic novel classics like Sandman or From Hell), so when my wife Susan told me her friend Grace Ellis was a co-creator and co-writer for Lumberjanes, I decided to pick up the initial volume of the series, and give it a try. I finally did so last week and now I’m hooked.

Lumberjanes chronicles the adventures
mark monday
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comicon
sweet and goofy and perfect for my friend's kid. she'll love it! well I hope she loves it. the Lumberjanes are really supportive to each other and I can't remember the last time I've seen that in an adult comic. some great messages in here but nothing moralistic or obnoxious. the art is colorful and super fun. yay, Lumberjanes!
Heidi The Reader
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Lumberjanes is a group of girls, a mysterious forest, strange creatures, tunnels filled with living statues, river monsters and cookies!

I have high hopes that my reluctant reader child is going to love this if I can convince her to sit down and give it a try. One of her favorite television shows is Gravity Falls and this has a very similar vibe.

It is also a girl power book in that it showcases young women looking after and protecting themselves. A positive message, a fun story and cute graph
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 4/9/18: This was so much cuter than I remembered and I am SO excited to carry on with the series now!

Original read 10/26/15: I wasn't really sold on this at first, but by the end I was enjoying myself SO MUCH. I can't wait to get my hands on the next volume. So cute.
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
It is the urge to learn how to lay and follow trails, identify the healing abilities of local fauna, how to walk great distances and run even farther, and how to work around the unnatural and supernatural forces that a Lumberjane is bound to confront.

This book was awesome.

It's about 5 scouts at a summer camp. Age? Unclear. The book blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, for although the girls live in what seems to be a normal world, they keep encountering animals with three eyes. Also rive
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love. Every boy's own adventure book I read as a kid has been expertly transformed into this totally fantastic badass lady-types, rip-roaring, fun never stops, comic of perfection. The characters are just screamingly wonderous; the art - a breath of fresh air; the story- hilarious.

If you know anyone who is, or loves, a badass lady-type then make them read this because they will love it forever.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
The artwork was amazing but the rest was just kinda meh :(
Dannii Elle
This was just absolutely everything I wanted it to be! The characters were sassy, the colours were vibrant, the plot was action-packed and, basically, this just gave me all of the feminist feels. YAY for feisty female protagonists who kick butt!
This book is about one second long.

It spends that second being very cool and fun and unique and in many ways rad, and also that second's worth of art is wonderful, but all of that does not change the fact that it only lasts for a second.

The characters MIGHT be good, and the world MIGHT be good, and the story MIGHT be good, but again I wouldn't be able to tell you because I only spent a second with any of those things. And in some ways really just a fraction of a second, if you divide it up.

Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Lumberjanes is one of the cutest, funniest and loveliest graphic novels I've read.
To be fair, I haven't yet read that many. But it's hard to find any, that capture my interest as much as this series does. (Of course there's Saga, Vol. 1, which is by far my favourite.)
Anyhow, what I enjoy in graphic novels is a creative and orginal plot, lots of colours, as well as diverse and exciting characters. Lumberjanes has all of that and it's cute as a bad full of kittens. Thumbs up!

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Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Because I so enjoyed Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery, Goodreads and Amazon were constantly recommending this one, so much so that I finally broke down and bought it.


Lumberjanes, you're no Rat Queens.

I was expecting art work like the excellent cover by Stevenson. BUT NO - the illustrations are by Brooke A. Allen and done in a rather sloppy, rather annoying, semi-manga style:


The story itself was okay - girls at a summer camp have Indiana Jones-style adventures in the hopes of earning m
Joe Valdez
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've never read J.K. Rowling's fiction but I now have a clue what readers who live and breathe the wizarding world of Harry Potter are so attracted to. I found an abundance of wonder and wit in Lumberjanes, a graphic novel series that requires less of a time commitment than the trip to Hogwarts and didn't tip the scale into a children's book for me. I should clarify that the creators of this series are not riffing on Rowling. There are enough authors doing that. This is not another fantasy serie ...more
David Schaafsma
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-ya, gn-women
6/22/17 Reread for my summer YA Comics class with a focus on girls. One of the younger series/books we are reading. I liked reading it again, as did my class, though Nimona (also by Stevenson, and drawn by her) was much preferred, and also preferred was The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. I think in part because it is younger, less snarky, shallower in comparison to these other two. But the energy and color and fun come through! And this is just the first of several volumes, so things grow an ...more
Sam Quixote
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
A small group of friends spend their summer at Lumberjanes Scout Camp where things get surprisingly weird. The surrounding forest is full of talking Yetis, three-eyed snakes, three-eyed falcons – three-eyed everythings! All clues point towards a mysterious tower as the source of the oddities. And off they go – what will they find?

Lumberjanes was a lot more imaginative than I expected. I thought, modern young girls going to summer camp, it’s not going to be that great, probably some hipster nons
Richard Cardenas
5 STARS!!!

What the junk?

THIS WAS FREAKING AWESOME! When I first heard about this I thought it was some kind of contemporary, coming of age graphic novel, but then I got it free for my Kindle app and decided to give it a go... boy, was I wrong as hell. This was action packed, hilarious, fun, crazy, and awesome as hell. It reminded me a lot of Gravity Falls and I loved it even more for that because I loved that show. I feel like this needs to be turned into an animated TV series ASAP because it wo
Kate (GirlReading)
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun and totally not what I expected. It was utterly bizarre, in the best way and I'm extremely intrigued (also very much relieved I have the second volume ready to jump straight into...) This was such a fun read and of course the artwork was gorgeously endearing. I really, really appreciated that the characters were all different shapes, sizes and colours. It made them feel real, rather than a classic caricature of what a girl 'should' look like. I can't wait to carry on with th ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was absolutely adorable, and I loved it. The best way I can describe it is if there were a Girl Scout camp in Gravity Falls. There's very little that you could do to make this more perfect for me.

As you might guess from the Gravity Falls comparison, this is filled with really weird and basically inexplicable things. I don't really need a reason for why there's, say, a sea monster in the river. I just need to have fun reading about it. And the adventures are fun, because the girls are fun.

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Noelle Stevenson is a comic artist and freelance illustrator residing in Los Angeles, California. She published the young adult graphic novel NIMONA in 2015, which is also serialized online . She has been nominated for a Harvey Award, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic in 2012. She is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and has done published work f ...more

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“I solemnly swear to do my best
Every day, And in all that I do,
To be brave and strong,
To be truthful and compassionate,
To be interesting and interested,
To respect nature,
To pay attention and question
The world around me,
To think of others first,
To ALWAYS help and protect my friends
Then there's a line about God or whatever
And to make the world a better place
For Lumberjane scouts
And for everyone else.”
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