Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!

Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal...

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Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! Reviews

  • Sarah E.

    This was my introduction to the Lumberjanes universe. Immediately following finishing this book, I read the first volume of the Lumberjanes comic by Noelle Stevenson. 3 stars may seem like I was meh about it, but honestly, I felt as though there was too much going on for it to be the best in a written novel format. Once I read the first volume of the comic, I knew that the book definitely would have been better in that comic form. The characters themselves are

    This was my introduction to the Lumberjanes universe. Immediately following finishing this book, I read the first volume of the Lumberjanes comic by Noelle Stevenson. 3 stars may seem like I was meh about it, but honestly, I felt as though there was too much going on for it to be the best in a written novel format. Once I read the first volume of the comic, I knew that the book definitely would have been better in that comic form. The characters themselves are very colorful and words don't do them justice. I loved so much about this and hope to continue on with the comics and learn more about the characters. It sounds like there is a lot of diversity that isn't really stated black and white style. The Lumberjanes remind me of a mixture of Adventure Time and The Mighty B, which means my kids would definitely enjoy the comics too!

  • Jen

    This was super cute, very diverse, and a good storyline. As someone who reads the comics I have this two thumbs up. 👍🏽👍🏽

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)

    So lovely to read one of my fave graphic novel series in regular novel form! The new adventure felt very authentic to the Lumberjanes style, and their personalities consistent to the April, Jo, Mal, Molly and Ripley I already love. The little illustrations were such a sweet touch, and I especially loved the introduction of non-binary character, Barney. They were great, and I hope they turn up in the next book more!

  • Jessica Rodrigues

    I really wanted to love this because so many people are into Lumberjanes these days, but overall, it was very "meh" for me. Maybe I overhyped it in my mind.

    My main critique is that this doesn't read like the first in a series -- the reader is dropped into the middle of the setting with several characters as if we should already know who they are. The characters never developed for me, and I doubt the attention span of your average 10 year old is much better.

    I mean, it's not bad -- if it seems l

    I really wanted to love this because so many people are into Lumberjanes these days, but overall, it was very "meh" for me. Maybe I overhyped it in my mind.

    My main critique is that this doesn't read like the first in a series -- the reader is dropped into the middle of the setting with several characters as if we should already know who they are. The characters never developed for me, and I doubt the attention span of your average 10 year old is much better.

    I mean, it's not bad -- if it seems like your bag, go for it -- but it's just didn't do it for me.

  • Brenda Ayala

    I am not the demographic for this, and that was painfully obvious to me when reading. What makes it worse is that I've heard glowing reviews for this so my expectations were high--and I knowingly kept them high because I thought the book would deliver.

    These girls came across as idiotic and unrealistically hyperactive. If someone had told me this would read like a feminist Spongebob then maybe I would've accepted the story better. But as it was, I expected a good story with well-developed charac

    I am not the demographic for this, and that was painfully obvious to me when reading. What makes it worse is that I've heard glowing reviews for this so my expectations were high--and I knowingly kept them high because I thought the book would deliver.

    These girls came across as idiotic and unrealistically hyperactive. If someone had told me this would read like a feminist Spongebob then maybe I would've accepted the story better. But as it was, I expected a good story with well-developed characters. A story about unicorns and clouds just shouldn't be annoying! And that's what it boils down to. The characters and their dialogue annoyed the crap out of me.

    As a friend on Goodreads said, I'm sure this would do very well as an inane (but uplifting because feminism) animated show.

  • Laura (bbliophile)

    This was a lot of fun to read! I definitely didn't like it as much as the graphic novels, but it was still a very fun, adventurous story full of the characters we all know and love. I'd definitely recommend this to other fans of the Lumberjanes series, but not to people who aren't familiar with the series yet. Full review to come soon.

  • Hannah Greendale

    At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thisle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, five girls from Roanoke cabin – April, Molly, Mal, Ripley, and Jo – are hard at work earning scout badges. When they help a unicorn find its way home, they discover an enormous mountain that’s never been charted on any maps. Keen to earn the Extraordinary Explorers medal, April concocts a plan to climb the mysterious mountain with her friends, but the journey is more perilous than expected, and getting home may

    At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thisle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, five girls from Roanoke cabin – April, Molly, Mal, Ripley, and Jo – are hard at work earning scout badges. When they help a unicorn find its way home, they discover an enormous mountain that’s never been charted on any maps. Keen to earn the Extraordinary Explorers medal, April concocts a plan to climb the mysterious mountain with her friends, but the journey is more perilous than expected, and getting home may not be possible.

    is a popular series of graphic novels. Now, for the first time, the adventures of April and her friends are available as a full-length middle-grade novel.

    demonstrates progressive thinking and boasts a diversity of characters: Jo has two dads; Molly and Mal appear to have feelings for one another that exceed friendship; Barney – a recent addition to the camp – is a

    rather than a

    or

    ; the girls eat vegan chili while another sips soy milk; and rather than cursing, the girls say the names of famous women: “What the Ella Fitzgerald?!” she gasped. “I think my teeth are melting.”

    Though the girls face many dangers, they rarely suffer harm. In fact, all physical action in the book reads like a cartoon.

    Despite being a fun read because of its comedic unicorn encounters and its emphasis on “learning, curiosity, and caring,” the lighthearted narrative and goofy story is occasionally shattered by April’s hyper-active personality (perhaps she has ADHD?).

    An ode to feminism,

    will surely delight fans of the graphic novels but may not appeal to older audiences experiencing

    for the first time.

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    Note: Some parents may want to know that a line of the Lumberjanes Pledge is crossed out in the book (in two places) and replaced with a hand-written note that reads:

  • Jill Jemmett

    I’ve read a couple of the Lumberjanes graphic novels before. They’re so cute! So I had to get the middle grade novel when I heard it was coming out.

    In this new story, the scouts find unicorns, not too surprising to fans of the series. What is surprising is that unicorns smell really, really bad (who knew!). They also find a mysterious foggy mountain. Let the adventures begin!

    Since I haven’t read all of the graphic novels, I liked the way that there was a lot of background given on the character

    I’ve read a couple of the Lumberjanes graphic novels before. They’re so cute! So I had to get the middle grade novel when I heard it was coming out.

    In this new story, the scouts find unicorns, not too surprising to fans of the series. What is surprising is that unicorns smell really, really bad (who knew!). They also find a mysterious foggy mountain. Let the adventures begin!

    Since I haven’t read all of the graphic novels, I liked the way that there was a lot of background given on the characters and the creatures they have met in the woods before, such as Bearwoman. There are also great illustrations too, which are also helpful since I tend to get the characters mixed up sometimes.

    Mariko Tamaki was a great choice to write this book. She’s so talented and she captured the Lumberjanes atmosphere and tone wonderfully in this story. I hope she continues to write the series.

    This is the perfect middle grade novel for fans of the series and new readers!

    FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

    I received a copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for a review.

  • Jeimy

    I breezed through these 150 pages where our heroines, once again, find themselves inadvertently in unimaginable trouble.

  • Lata

    3.5 stars. With more enthusiasm than planning, the girls are off to climb a mountain, thanks to April's desire to do so and get another badge for doing so.

    My first Lmberjanes story, I was a little overwhelmed at first by all the exclamation points, but got into the swing of the story. Silliness, with a ton of friendship, enthusiasm, acceptance and cheering of others.


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