Lumberjanes: The Good Egg (Lumberjanes #3)by Mariko Tamaki, Brooklyn Allen Published 30 Oct 2018
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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 occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries.
Book three shines the spotlight on Ripley, the smallest, youngest, most animal-loving member of the cabin. When Ripley comes across an abandoned egg, she’s determined to take care of it until the parent comes back. Unfortunately, her plan is quickly foiled by egg poachers, who steal the egg for their own collection.
"Lumberjanes: The Good Egg (Lumberjanes #3)" Reviews
Once again I feel like these prose novels somehow read 'younger' than the graphic novel series, but it is a cute and fun story and I definitely think that children in the target age range will really enjoy it. I liked that we got to see more of Barney in this one [I love Barney!], but also it seemed like Mal and Molly were hardly in it at all and I love them too. I didn't pay too much attention in the first two books about which Lumberjane was the 'main' character being focused on, but this one was definitely Ripley-centric.
It's time for Lumberjanes as I bring you the last chapter book in the Lumberjanes series, I did find it nice reading a chapter book for a change about their adventures rather than a graphic novel as the favorite thing about the books is that throughout the book it gives you a detailed list of some of the awesome badges that were mentioned in the story. In The Good Egg, Ripley is feeling a little lost without their friend Castor and the team spirit of the Lumberjanes is lacking morale. They need another challenge, something exciting. Therefore Rosie has invited on a former theatrical Lumberjane, and the cabins are being mixed up and have to perform a fairytale, but they also have to change the story up a bit. None of this boring original crap. While this is happening Ripley on one of her journeys found a nest of golden eggs and she nicknamed the baby egg Eggie. Someone has stolen the egg and Ripley is sad and depressed, now it is up to the some of the Roanoke and Zodiac cabins to save the egg from the tacky dressed Order of the Egg.
Meanwhile, Jen has trouble back at camp as a group of Griffins are also searching for their egg. It is said that Griffins love music, so can the other Lumberjanes back at camp led by Mal and Molly put on a fabulous show. Can the Lumberjanes once again save the day? Find out in The Good Egg by Mariko Tamaki and Brooklyn Allen, and as the Lumberjanes sign off I bid you "Friendship to the Max."
The Good Egg is probably the strongest instalment of this series to date, but will still hold the most appeal for people who are already familiar with the characters. I would strongly recommend reading some of the comics before you try this middle grade series. Not only does the story carry on directly where The Moon is Up left off, but it also makes reference to some things that only occur in the comics - such as the Bearwoman and Rosie's relationship.
While I did find it hard to get into this novel at first, mostly due to the odd references to different styles of theatre, I did think that the plot flowed a lot better than that of previous instalments. The narrative felt a loss less clumsy in this one and I think that this is mostly down to the fact that this time the narrative was largely split. While the main focus is on Ripley and the egg, there is also a subplot concerning the Lumberjanes preparing for a play which largely splits Mal and Molly from the cast. This meant that the narrative spent a lot time flipping between the perspectives of the girls and, in doing so, made it feel a lot less focused.
The story this time also carried a nice message concerning the importance of listening to your friends and noticing when they have something to say. It also acted as a story of empowerment for Ripley - the youngest member of the group - as she managed to prove that just because she was perceived as being the baby, it did not mean that she couldn't save the day.
The end of the story was very satisfying, allowing the girls to combine their skills to save the day. Unlike previous instalments of the series, this novel had a pretty solid ending that did not leave a hook for the sequel. However, it did neatly tie up all loose threads, ending in a wonderful climax in which the girls defeat the villains and save the day. However, I do wish that the plot concerning the play received a bit more focus. This did not really feature into the story as much as I would have liked, especially as we did not really see much of the thoroughly odd drama teacher who was introduced in this book.
In terms of characterisation, this book does a really good job of developing both Ripley and Barney. The two make a really good double-act, combining Barney's intelligence knack for observation with Ripley's enthusiasm and energy. I also liked that Barney got so much to do in this novel due to the fact that non-binary characters are so rare in literature. The novel touched upon the importance of their chosen pronoun in a very respectful way, giving the character an overwhelmingly positive depiction.
Yet, the rest of the characters fade into the background a bit. As this is Ripley's story this time, the other members of the Roanoke cabin don't get so much to do. The novel also continues to drop in characters that have a much larger role in the comics - such as Hes and Wren - despite the fact that they've never been adequately introduced in the novels.
Anyhow, I think that about covers it. All in all, I really enjoyed reading The Good Egg as, despite its flaws, it is the best novel in this series so far. I can't wait to find out what adventures the girls will have next.
I appreciate a little absurd humor in books catering to the reluctant reader crowd, but this one went too far out into left field. I didn't read books 1 and 2, so it's possible I missed something, but a story based on an egg obsession is pretty weak. Doesn't get my brain cells motivated much. This kind of humor does much better in graphic novels, so I can understand the popularity of the GN version. Kids love the idea of summer camp and camping, so there's definitely a good start here, but please, come up with something better than egg thieves in the woods.
Each of these improves upon the last. So, I'm not happy about having to wait another half year for the final book in this set. On the plus side, there is only a tiny inkling of a teaser and I'm fairly certain that that particular teaser was written into the comic some time ago. So, I think it's unlikely to refer to the fourth volume.
I also appreciated the use of Zodiac cabin in this story which is fairly Ripley oriented. I can only assume that last book will try and focus on April.
One other side note, am I the only one feeling that Mariko Tamaki prefers inventing new Badges and punny names for them to actually writing the stories?
This one read maybe a touch younger than the previous two, but that felt kind of appropriate given this was the Ripley-centroc book and she's the youngest of the central crew. I really appreciated getting more Barney. It's so lovely to see a genderqueer character written at once so carefully and so casually