Lumberjanes Volume One by Stevenson, Ellis, Watters and Allen

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Wow, how much do I love the Lumberjanes? Sooooooo much!

I picked up the first copy of this all-ages comic partly because it’s part of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and partly because I’d heard so much about it on here. All I can say is – wow.

Somehow, the creators have managed to get EVERYTHING that is good and positive and feminist across in a totally non-preachy way.

There are SO MANY positive messages that are put across in the first issue that I don’t even know where to begin. There’s teamwork, there’s diversity, there’s women helping each other, there’s women being strong and brave, there’s women being clever….all of the things!

The comic itself is a really interesting story of the adventures of a group of girls at a summer camp. There’s danger, adventure, friendship and more. The story is engaging and fun and would appeal to a really broad range of people (not just kids).

I loved the way that the main characters in the comic are so different to each other. None of them conform to demeaning feminine norms and they all show attributes which aren’t usually thought of as positive in women – so there are girls with short hair, girls in boots, girls in gender neutral clothing, girls being brave, girls being loud, girls breaking rules, girls kicking ass…

I also loved the playlist suggestions at the end. I though this was a great way to get kids/teens to explore another art form where the songs and artists chosen were all representing different positive messages.

Overall, I thought this comic was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. 

Overall rating: 9.5/10

I read this book as part of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 #6 Read an all ages comic.

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