Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, 265 pages
In the opening pages of this AWESOME graphic novel, spunky shapeshifter Nimona approaches science-minded villain Lord Ballister Blackheart with a mind toward being his sidekick. What develops is a familial friendship between the two as they fight against the supposedly good Institution and its chosen hero, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. This is a delightful story, full of snort-inducing humor and huggable warmth (and some truly fantastic names). I loved it, and I can't wait to share it with my kids.