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While adventuring in the woods, Jo, Mal, Molly, April, and Ripley discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas and they think they've found new friends. But what they don't know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they've found the perfect way to join the outside world...by impersonating the Lumberjanes themselves and taking over Camp! To While adventuring in the woods, Jo, Mal, Molly, April, and Ripley discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas and they think they've found new friends. But what they don't know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they've found the perfect way to join the outside world...by impersonating the Lumberjanes themselves and taking over Camp! To reclaim their identities, the 'Janes will have to work together to remember who they really are...and to help another group of friends accept themselves, too, in a story about looking inside yourself and learning to love who you meet there.


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While adventuring in the woods, Jo, Mal, Molly, April, and Ripley discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas and they think they've found new friends. But what they don't know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they've found the perfect way to join the outside world...by impersonating the Lumberjanes themselves and taking over Camp! To While adventuring in the woods, Jo, Mal, Molly, April, and Ripley discover the hiding place of a group of magical creatures called Pookas and they think they've found new friends. But what they don't know is that the Pookas are tired of hiding, and they've found the perfect way to join the outside world...by impersonating the Lumberjanes themselves and taking over Camp! To reclaim their identities, the 'Janes will have to work together to remember who they really are...and to help another group of friends accept themselves, too, in a story about looking inside yourself and learning to love who you meet there.

30 review for Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura (bbliophile)

    I liked this so much??? I love the janes so so much??? aaaah

  2. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    This was my first Lumberjanes, and I found it so endearing and adorable! Though I think it's probably aimed at an audience that's a little younger than me, I really love the way it weaves in educational components, crafts, etc. so naturally. The references to famous feminists from history were hilarious (do camp-age kids know who Jackie Joyner-Kersee is? probably not, but they might Google her!), and I related to April so strongly it hurt. I'm not saying I cried at the end, but I'm not *not* say This was my first Lumberjanes, and I found it so endearing and adorable! Though I think it's probably aimed at an audience that's a little younger than me, I really love the way it weaves in educational components, crafts, etc. so naturally. The references to famous feminists from history were hilarious (do camp-age kids know who Jackie Joyner-Kersee is? probably not, but they might Google her!), and I related to April so strongly it hurt. I'm not saying I cried at the end, but I'm not *not* saying that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Venus Maneater

    Very cute for what it is, which is; a free floppy. Two perfectly picked Lumberjanes shorts. They're both cute, funny and entertaining, so a great intro into the LJ world. While I quit reading Lumberjanes because I wasn't all there for the art, these two stories are beautifully drawn. It's almost a pity that Polterink didn't get to draw the cover, honestly. Their work is lovely.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    Another really cute volume in this weird side-series. This one focuses on Jo and April's friendship as well as Barney which was really cool. I like that this series seems to be focusing more on individual friendships and relationships like that. Also I cannot believe I forgot that Jo was trans so thank you for reminding me!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    Holy shapshifters! The Lumberjanes meet a sweet group of creatures who impersonate them and wild adventures ensue.

  6. 5 out of 5

    M.L.D.

    Hahahahahahaha "It's worse than we thought. They're playing badminton."

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    This was super cute! I love their graphic novels. This one had a lot of focus on Jo and Barney and their friendship. It's really nice to see them bonding, since they have a lot in common. The diversity in this series is one of it's strongest points, alongside all the crazy fantasy creatures involved, and this one handled it really well. Can't wait for their next endeavor into these longer format graphic novels!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Quintessential Lumberjanes goodness! Good, pure, real, and heartfelt. Funny, endearing story with great art. Loved the limited color palette.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Boom Box's free Lumberjane comic from Free Comic Day reminds that I f****** love being in the Lumberjanes world. I love the Lumberjanes comics, but I have yet to dip into the Lumberjanes graphic novels. This sample convinced me that I have to. Recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    James

    Fantastical tales told by an unreliable source.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    I love when Ripley gets to tell the stories!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arkham Reviews

    Wow. I did not know what to expect when coming into this story, but I actually preferred it to some of the recent instalments of the main series. The story found a nice balance between being heartwarming and funny, as Jo and April affirmed their friendship while trying to outwit a group of shape-shifting Pooka. The plot itself flows nicely, filled with funny moments that wonderfully capture the spirit of adventure from the early comics. The stunning art also helped in this regard. While the main Wow. I did not know what to expect when coming into this story, but I actually preferred it to some of the recent instalments of the main series. The story found a nice balance between being heartwarming and funny, as Jo and April affirmed their friendship while trying to outwit a group of shape-shifting Pooka. The plot itself flows nicely, filled with funny moments that wonderfully capture the spirit of adventure from the early comics. The stunning art also helped in this regard. While the main series has grown increasingly bright and colourful, this felt like a throwback to the very first issues. Yet the biggest draw is still the characters. While this novel was an April and Jo story, it still did a great job of capturing the personalities of each Jane. Jen, in particular, gets some wonderful moments in this story. This was something that I particularly enjoyed, as she is a character who often seems to get forgotten about. All in all, this was utterly fantastic. It has become one of my favourite Lumberjanes stories, and I hope that Sturges gets a chance to write more in the future.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Lilah Sturges and polterink reunite for another Lumberjanes OGN, and it's full of heart and wonder and supernatural weirdness, just as you'd expect. Sturges gets the voices of these characters really well, almost as well as the usual series writers. The relationships that she gets to play with feel fully formed and well developed, and even if some of the conflict is a little artificial in that it could be defused with a conversation, it doesn't stop her from having fun with it. The overall plot's Lilah Sturges and polterink reunite for another Lumberjanes OGN, and it's full of heart and wonder and supernatural weirdness, just as you'd expect. Sturges gets the voices of these characters really well, almost as well as the usual series writers. The relationships that she gets to play with feel fully formed and well developed, and even if some of the conflict is a little artificial in that it could be defused with a conversation, it doesn't stop her from having fun with it. The overall plot's typical 'Janes fare, but the extended page count works nicely in its favour by being able to multi-layer the narrative and even give Jen a subplot all her own. And the Pooka are just cute, okay? In an evil Moomin kind of way. polterink's art is simple and clean, and the sparse use of watercolours makes things certain scenes pop. She uses this technique few and far between, but that makes it all the more powerful when it does pop up, and I think it'd be hard to evoke the same kind of emotion if everything was in full colour. Great stuff, as usual.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carro Herdegen

    Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G The Lumberjanes are great at finding strange things happening in the woods -- much to the dismay of their camp counselor, Jen. When curiosity leads these campers to a cave, they end up trapped by pookas intent on taking their places at camp. Will the girls get back in time to save Jen and the other campers? While part of a series, no previous knowledge is necessary for this volume. These girls experience some misadventures while also tr Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G The Lumberjanes are great at finding strange things happening in the woods -- much to the dismay of their camp counselor, Jen. When curiosity leads these campers to a cave, they end up trapped by pookas intent on taking their places at camp. Will the girls get back in time to save Jen and the other campers? While part of a series, no previous knowledge is necessary for this volume. These girls experience some misadventures while also trying to deal with the bumps in their relationships. Readers get to learn truths about friendship with the characters and laugh a little along the way at the silly scenarios the girls end up in. The message is good, but I don’t feel compelled to search out the rest of the series. Reviewed for https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Pankau

    A little stand-alone story in the "Lumberjanes" world. The girls find a group of Pookas - shape-shifters who trap the girls in order to take over their lives. The girls must find their way out of a maze-like cave system to get back to camp. Meanwhile Jen, worried about uncharacteristically compliant campers, goes on her own adventure following a mysterious & well-dressed dog. This was really cute, and we got to see more development of the friendship between April and Jo. I'm quite enjoying this st A little stand-alone story in the "Lumberjanes" world. The girls find a group of Pookas - shape-shifters who trap the girls in order to take over their lives. The girls must find their way out of a maze-like cave system to get back to camp. Meanwhile Jen, worried about uncharacteristically compliant campers, goes on her own adventure following a mysterious & well-dressed dog. This was really cute, and we got to see more development of the friendship between April and Jo. I'm quite enjoying this stand-alone series by Sturges.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Another Lumberjanes graphic novel adventure! Jo, April, Mal, Molly, Ripley, former scouting lad Barney, and counselor Jen are at it again....chasing domesticated opossums leads to an interesting turn of events! In this book, you learn new information on Jo, and I think Jen really comes to accept that her girls will not be the perfect campers! Camp Director Rosie makes an appearance in this book, but definitely takes a backseat to the Roanoke cabin ladies! I loved how this book wrapped up! Recomm Another Lumberjanes graphic novel adventure! Jo, April, Mal, Molly, Ripley, former scouting lad Barney, and counselor Jen are at it again....chasing domesticated opossums leads to an interesting turn of events! In this book, you learn new information on Jo, and I think Jen really comes to accept that her girls will not be the perfect campers! Camp Director Rosie makes an appearance in this book, but definitely takes a backseat to the Roanoke cabin ladies! I loved how this book wrapped up! Recommended to fierce girls of all ages!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aless {the introvert reads}

    What was this? I know this is a lovable series, but what was this? I am under the assumption that this is a companion or continuation, but this was not it. The plot seemed like a mess and everywhere. This might just be my personality, but this was way too PC for my liking. The swearing is just saying the names of famous people or things and it's very weird. The side conflict between Jo and April (I think) was so unclear. All in all, I was lost and did not enjoy this too much. I might read the fi What was this? I know this is a lovable series, but what was this? I am under the assumption that this is a companion or continuation, but this was not it. The plot seemed like a mess and everywhere. This might just be my personality, but this was way too PC for my liking. The swearing is just saying the names of famous people or things and it's very weird. The side conflict between Jo and April (I think) was so unclear. All in all, I was lost and did not enjoy this too much. I might read the first of the actual series, but still. I am happy this is very inclusive and diverse.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John

    "Oh, hey...what's this 'Lumberjanes' series all about?" "Hard to explain. Tell you what, read this ARCHETYPAL episode, and it'll give you a real idea why the characters, the various girls-vs-monsters story arcs, relationship fussing, nuanced humor, and easy to read art all work together to suck you in and make you PRAY that the next one won't be long in coming."

  19. 4 out of 5

    CJ Juntunen

    This is a quick, easy read. The writing was a little confusing for the sub-plot, I couldn’t tell what they were trying to show happening until it was all laid out at the very end. The main plot about cute shape-shifters was nice, though, and the interpretations of the Lumberjanes characters was consistent with the main comics.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Pookas! How adorable are those little shapeshifting cave-dwelling pookas who decide to lock the Lumberjanes in their cave and be them at camp doing crafts and eating candy and driving Jen crazy. Then there's a wolf in a tuxedo that just ends up being a malamute, but cute nonetheless. As always humorous entertainment for the sake of having fun!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Air

    This was wonderful! I loved the art style and adored the coloring style! When all you want for your best friend is for them to be happy, sometimes you can let things get out of perspective. Jo and April have to learn this the hard way and discover that communication is the most important part of friendship!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Ranger

    This was another classic Lumberjanes. I think they're getting better again. The humor was great (I even laughed out loud once), and the plot moved along nicely. I also enjoyed The Avant-Guards Issue One which was included in the back. I may have to keep my eye out for that one. Overall, I highly recommend this book and this graphic novel series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This was definitely not my cup of tea. Super cutesy, squishy, feel good type of stories aren’t my thing and this is what this comic was. I just didn’t find it enjoyable. The art was okay. I felt it really fit well with the story itself. It acted as a good compliment. But the overall package just wasn’t for me. 2

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    The Lumberjanes are being impersonated by Pookas, and April is worried that Jo is best-friend-leaving her for Barney. It was slow to start for me, but I enjoyed Jen and the Pookas a great deal, and the April/Jo/Barney story was lovely.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Risa

    Always love Lumberjanes, but this felt more explain-y with the friend dynamic between Jo, April, and Barney taking most of the airtime, and the adventuring getting too little attention. But fun as always.

  26. 5 out of 5

    luv4pez

    This was a little bit different storytelling than I'm used to with Lumberjanes. The Pooka's are adorable. I enjoyed the time spent getting to know Jo a bit more. Jen didn't really seem to be her regular self, though. The art was different, but still done well. 3.5 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    elin (annotatedpaperbacks)

    MY 'JANES!!! i enjoyed this one A LOT more than the infernal compass. i feel like the creative team had gotten the spirit of lumberjanes down more fully and and plot made more sense. i loved the look into april and jo, and how it's important to let each other grow in a friendship.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Another fun and sweet 'Janes installment, this time with a focus on Jo and April's relationship. These original graphic novels are beautifully drawn, and tend to have a bit more of a "moral" to them than the comics, but I'm here for the sincere social/emotional learning the girls are doing in them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nichols

    I was a bit confused about why their camp is surrounded by a supernatural forest but they are on par with my little pony in their friendship lessons. There’s a trans camper who is more than their transition. They have a healthy conversation about jealousy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Cute story with a good moral. The art work isn't to my taste, but the coloring/palette is on point.

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