Gr 5+If one had to pick a single book to introduce someone unfamiliar with the graphic-novel format, this would be it. In this first of nine volumes, the three cousins�Fone, Phoney, and Smiley Bone�are banished from their Boneville home. The small, bulbous-nosed creatures get lost wandering a vast desert before finally stumbling upon a land known as the Valley, where they are plunged into heroes� roles in an exciting epic adventure. This is one of very few graphic novels truly appropriate for everyone from younger children to adults. A grand, truly original tale that echoes and honors Tolkien without feeling derivative, the arrival of this excellent translation is cause for celebration.