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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 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

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 byAbby F. February 26, 2017

A sweet, fun series about Friendship to the Max!

A great story featuring a diverse cast of characters. The Lumberjanes are always getting caught up in one adventure or another, but they always make it through... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byLaura L. December 7, 2016

Adventurous and a Big Mystery! (Review from 9 year old girl)

This book is so cool. I highly recommend it. I like this book because the characters are funny, serious, and adventurous. When I was reading this book I felt li... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBookGirl July 6, 2016

The best camp ever

As soon as I picked up this book I could not put in down! I love the art style and the diverse characters that show no matter who who you are you can still be a... 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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