Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max Review

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers and Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types is not your average summer camp. Between the river monsters, magic, and the art of friendship bracelets, this summer is only just beginning. Join the Lumberjanes as they take on raptors and a sibling rivalry that only myths are made of.

This New York Times bestseller and Eisner Award-nominated series is written by awesome all-star Noelle Stevenson and brilliant newcomer Grace Ellis, and illustrated by the tremendously talented Brooke Allen.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max includes issues 5-8 and the first fourteen pages of Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison.

Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max Review

While I’m happy that I picked up Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max I can’t say that I liked it as much as I liked the first volume. Oddly enough, for someone that’s completely nonreligious, I didn’t like that the ‘siblings of myth’ fought like real siblings. Seeing this two (particularly the female) reduced to hand-swatting, name calling had me slightly pouty. Maybe it’s because the female is one of the few gods from that particular group that I actually liked. Anyways, it just goes to show that it doesn’t take much of anything to rub someone the wrong way sometimes.

The art and coloring were consistent with the first volume of Lumberjanes. (After having it switched up on me with a Lovecraft book, I’m happy now whenever things stay the same.) The characters are fun, the dialogue full of exclamations and drama. My eight year old pretty much starts laughing any time Ripley appears on the page. The hint of romance that we saw in the first volume is continued here. As the volume name implies, there’s definitely a strong emphasis on friendship in this particular volume. It will be interesting to see how the relationships develop as time goes on.

One of the things I like about Lumberjanes is the layout. Even when the pages get slightly crazy with a lot of action, it’s still easy to keep track of what’s going on. The large font is nice as well. This is a series that is truly ‘easy to read’. In terms of layout and uncomplicated storylines. Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max is a nice continuation of the series. While I might not like it as much as I liked the first volume, I still enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be willing to pick up Vol 3 from the library. It’s a fun story to read out loud with the 8 year old.

Overall, it’s definitely a series worth looking into if you haven’t done so yet. Lumberjanes, Vol 2: Friendship to the Max is suitable for most of the older end of the middle grade spectrum. Younger than that, please pre-read and decide for yourself. (Though I honestly don’t believe there’s anything objectionable. Just some of it might go over a younger reader’s head.)


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