My 7yr old son says "It was a Ninja-spinning-fighting-skeletons success!" Basically, he loved it and we've now pre-ordered the next in the series. Even though my son loves to read books with full-page text, and he can be a bit picky about easier-to-read books, he clearly didn't feel as though he was reading something that was dumbed down, despite there being less words. It's great that he's been introduced to a different form of intelligent story-telling, which incorporates artwork without losing depth of plot and characterisation. It probably wouldn't be something I would choose to read, but I'm not the target audience for this. My son loved it, and that's the important thing.