Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Wacky, action-packed camp adventures promote girl power.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Stresses the importance of friends sticking together under even the most trying and zany circumstances. The girls also mention real-life women who have led extraordinary lives, from singer Joan Jett to Mohawk activist Anahareo. They also learn to break codes based on the Fibonacci sequence.

Positive Messages

Lumberjanes should try to do their best every day in everything they do. Among other things, they swear to be truthful and compassionate, interesting, and interested. Think of others first, and always help and protect your friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The five main Lumberjanes support each other in everything they do. Their motto is "Friendship to the Max!" and each is willing to do whatever it takes to help and protect their friends. They endeavor to be brave, compassionate, interested, and interesting.


The Lumberjanes are attacked by three-eyed foxes, a river monster, hipster yetis, and feral Scouting Lads. At no point does anyone seem to be in any real danger.


"What the junk?" serves as a general expression of confusion or amazement.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beware the Kitten Holy: Lumberjanes, Book 1 collects four issues of the ongoing comic series cocreated by Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Grace Ellis, and Shannon Watters. Set at a summer camp, the comic follows the fantastic adventures of five girlfriends as they battle three-eyed foxes, hipster yetis, and feral Scouting Lads. Mock swearing is limited to the exclamation of "What the junk?" Two of the campers may have romantic feelings for each other, but the possibility is very understated.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDr.Zizmore June 4, 2020

Changing the world one novel at a time

Excellent way to discuss how my kid feels about how a character said something or managed something. Full of real-life kid-experiences and language.

Endless t... Continue reading
Adult Written byCANCERSUCKS February 11, 2019

Great book!

It is an amazing book!
Kid, 11 years old April 25, 2021

Diversity 100%, Great plot, Great book.

Okay, I just randomly decided to read this book (and volume 2 as well) and I gotta tell ya, I flippin love this book. First off, each main character has a diffe... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old October 9, 2019

Incredible book

Incredible comic book. Smart, wry humor, inspiring and interesting. Part of the plot is a budding romance between two girls but nothing explicitly sexual: occas... Continue reading

What's the story?

Best friends for life Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are determined to have the best summer ever at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penninquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types. But what's up with the mysterious Bearwoman, the three-eyed foxes, and the talking, arm-wrestling statues? What does it mean to "Beware the Kitten Holy"? The five Lumberjanes (the name of their brand of scouts) are determined to find out, even if it puts them in mortal danger from a host of supernatural critters.

Is it any good?

With crazy humor and nearly nonstop action, this frenetic series of illustrated adventures spotlights five young girls at their spunky, take-charge best. The Lumberjanes aren't afraid of much (other than their strict cabin counselor, Jen), and they throw themselves at anything that threatens their summer together.

Authors Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis' writing is fast, clever, and engaging. Illustrator Brooke A Allen divides the story beats into panels brimming with intriguing details and choreographs the action scenes with gusto. So far, the plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense, feeling like just one crazy thing after another, but most readers won't quibble. They'll be ready for the next collected volume as soon as they can get their hands on a copy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why comics and graphic novels are so popular now. What kinds of stories are best suited for the medium?

  • Why is it important to help and protect your friends? What are some of the best ways of lending support to a friend in need?

  • How do the Lumberjanes pay tribute to other strong women in history?

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