The Lumberjanes BEASTiary: The Most Amazing Guide to All the Coolest Creatures You’ve Ever Heard Of and a Few You Haven’t

Abrams/Amulet. Jul. 2020. 144p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781419736445.
Gr 3-7–The Lumberjanes are back with a companion novel, this one a robust research project detailing the supernatural creatures they’ve encountered during their many adventures at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. Submitted to the Board of Scouts, this collaborative scrapbook is the Roanoke cabin campers’ best effort to earn the BEAST award (Best Everything Amazing Study Trophy), the highest achievement a scout can achieve. A deep dive into the world of the Lumberjanes, each segment is written by a camper who focuses on one type of creature: April takes on creatures of literature like mermaids and griffins; Molly tackles Greek literature phenoms like Diane, Cassandra, and Cyclops; Jo writes about creatures that take flight; Barney (from Zodiac cabin) describes dinosaurs and carnivorous plants; Mal inventories fantastical creatures like ghosts and yeti; and Ripley shares cute magical creatures like mystical felines and sentries. An authentic scrapbook feel is captured through colorful paperclipped pictures; drawings; commentary attached with washi tape; handwritten asides on sticky notes; and plenty of doodles, googly eyes, and stickers. Replete with tongue-in-cheek witticisms, the campers’ enthusiasm and energy shine. Lumberjanes stories that loyal readers will recognize are scattered throughout.
VERDICT Deeply informative, essential reading for fans of the popular comic books and novels.

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