If his Discworld books are any indication, Terry Pratchett may be the funniest fantasy writer out there. With the reissue of THE BROMELIAD TRILOGY (4), one of his earlier series becomes accessible to a wider American audience. Truckers, Diggers and Wings, repackaged in a children's fantasy omnibus edition, follow a group of four-inch gnomes as they search for safety in a human-sized world. With less than a dozen gnomes left in the world, Masklin is trying to lead them someplace free of predatory rats and foxes. What he finds, in the unlikely mecca of a department store, is the long-lost secret of the gnomes' origin. Long out of print, currently in development as a Dreamworks animated picture, this trilogy is reminiscent of The Borrowers, but far funnier. A wonderful blend of adventure, fable, fantasy and comedy, great for all ages. (Oct., 512 pp., $17.99)

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Jen Talley Exum