Lumberjanes #1 Unicorn Power was one of my favourite books of last year (review here). It felt like the book I’d been waiting for my whole life. Sure, growing up I was all over The Famous Five, The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High but Lumberjanes is the ultimate series for young women when it comes to strong female role models. And the second book in the series is out today.
Lumberjanes #2 The Moon is Up takes us back to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for Hardcore Lady-Types and reunites us with Jo, April, Molly, Mal and Ripley, as they prepare to embark on Galaxy Wars, a space-themed, camp-wide competition.
The follow-up seemed a bit more childish than its predecessor (Moon Pirate mouse, anyone?) but these books are intended for eight to twelve year olds, something I need to remind my thirty-year-old self sometimes. What Lumberjanes should be praised for, however, is its handling of more grown-up themes and normalising character types which previously haven’t been addressed so directly in children’s books. It’s so important to see strong LGBTQ+ characters in stories for younger readers and have these factors not be a major plot point.
There are so many positive messages throughout, reinforcing the idea that you can be and do anything: ‘no matter what happens, no matter how the world changes, always know that you can do anything’. I seriously need to get my hands on the comics. I also love the constant references to other strong women, particularly in pop culture, such as Siouxsie Sioux, Carrie Fisher, Roxane Gay and Amy Poehler, thus introducing its young readers to even more bad-ass women. Girl power!
*I was sent a copy of Lumberjanes #2 The Moon is Up for review purposes and all nerdy thoughts are my own
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