Thursday, January 21, 2016

Reader's Diary #1246- Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis (Writers), Brooke Allen (Artist): Lumberjanes / Beware the Kitten Holy

I'd seen Lumberjanes pop up on so many blogs last year that I knew I just had to read it. I also knew to avoid reading those blogs so that I wouldn't have any spoilers. And as I truly had no idea what to expect, I guess it worked.

The Lumberjanes are a group of teen girls at a summer scouting camp. The book itself plays with the scouting idea, introducing each story with a supposed page from a old-fashioned and somewhat over-the-top scouting manual, giving guidance as to achieve particular pages. The stories which follows take their cues from these pages, but these are modern girls, the stories are fun, silly, and full of unbelievable adventure. Best of all the cast of characters is immensely varied and enjoyable. They look out for one another, despite their idiosyncrasies

Allen's art complements the story beautifully. It's colourful, quirky, expressive, and the crisp, curvy lines flow with the frenetic pace.

One word of caution: though there are multiple stories, there's an overarching mystery that does not get resolved at the end. There is, fortunately, a sequel...

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