The tone of the story penned by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters is so amazingly perfect. As a former scout and camp counselor, it feels so true to a down day in the woods. The pacing, the atmosphere, and the feel are just right on. I've been hearing about the crazy battles and wacky hi-jinks that they've been throwing at these girls, but this issue seems to be a good spot to pick up if you're going to jump in, somewhat between the insanity. There's something truly magical about an unstructured day at camp; the feeling of freedom you have there somehow feels like it has more potential than a day stuck in the city, or even at home in the suburbs, and that sensibility is profoundly present here.
Which is also due in large part to Carolyn Nowak's art work. It's a good mix of Camp Lazlo and the works of Gendy Tartakovski and adds a wondrous feeling to the mix of the storyline. I feel like I should mention how healthy the body images are, but I also feel like that cheapens the fact that this is just how things should be drawn anyway. There's a mix of all types on display, and there's no attention drawn to it (which is another reason I wrestled with mentioning it, but holding up a good example seemed right to me). Everything is just being presented as it is, showing that just because things have "always been done like that" can't stand up as an excuse when someone can do it differently, as though it had always been done their way instead.
I think that it's a shame that I've left these books on the shelf for so long. I'm going to be shouting this series' praises all the time now and saving them for my children, because there are lessons here that people my age need to learn, and I'd love to give them a head start.
If you are interested in good fun that feels like the cartoons of our youth, then Lumberjanes is definitely worth a look. You might be glad to have it on your pull list from now on.
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