Arthur and the Minimoys

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Deep underground, the Minimoys are waiting...for a champion.

Arthur's grandfather disappeared four years ago. All he left behind are his notebooks full of stories about little-known African tribes -- including the Minimoys, a miniature people who are all less than one inch tall.

But the Minimoys can't possibly be real...can they?

Arthur is about to find out, as he uncovers a hidden message that catapults him ...

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Overview

Deep underground, the Minimoys are waiting...for a champion.

Arthur's grandfather disappeared four years ago. All he left behind are his notebooks full of stories about little-known African tribes -- including the Minimoys, a miniature people who are all less than one inch tall.

But the Minimoys can't possibly be real...can they?

Arthur is about to find out, as he uncovers a hidden message that catapults him on an adventure wilder than he had ever imagined. In just three days, he must find a way to the land of the Minimoys, recover a stolen treasure, battle an invading force of mosquito-riding warriors, defeat an evil wizard, win the heart of a very independent princess -- and somehow get back home again. It seems like an impossible task, but as he'll discover along the way, sometimes the littlest heroes can make the biggest difference....

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Publishers Weekly
French filmmaker Besson (La Femme Nikita) tries his hand at middle-grade fantasy; unfortunately, the results are thumbs-down. Half the book sets up the action: Arthur, 10, lives with his grandmother while his parents seek work elsewhere. His grandfather, an erstwhile anthropologist specializing in African tribes, disappeared nearly four years earlier. Grandma is out of money and a sinister developer with designs on her property is turning the screws. After antique dealers haul off Grandpa's artifacts (which they value at $300-but Grandma still winds up three dollars shy of what she needs to forestall eviction), Arthur finds clues that explain Grandpa's disappearance. One rather simplistic plot turn after another leads him to the Minimoys, a race of tiny people living in the garden. The pace picks up exponentially as Arthur joins the nasty but beautiful Princess Selenia in a mission to Necropolis, to seek his grandfather, his grandfather's treasure and to confront "M. the cursed," archenemy of the Minimoys. The action-adventure scenes feature some nice details (M.'s henchmen ride mosquitoes; the Minimoys attack them with a catapult that fires raisins) but loose threads and lapses in logic abound. One such thread, suggesting marriage between Arthur and Selenia, seems farfetched given his age and her malice. A sequel, Arthur and the Forbidden City (whose title suggests that the hero may finally get to Necropolis), is due this fall. Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Gr 4-6-A French film director tries his hand at fantasy for children. In order to save his grandparents' home from foreclosure and find his missing grandfather, Arthur magically enters the land of the Lilliputian Minimoys through the garden, where he falls in love with tiny Princess Selenia. Now Minimoy-sized, he travels with her and her younger brother towards Necropolis, the center of power for the evil Maltazard and the place where he believes his grandfather is a prisoner. The journey is perilous and replete with battles with the villain's henchmen, and the book ends with "our three heroes" facing new dangers on their way to Necropolis. The jacket blurb informs readers that there will be two films based on this book and its sequel. Indeed, the volume is full of situations that are likely to work more successfully on film than in print. The author informs readers about the characters' reactions and feelings rather than revealing them through the story, and sections of the book read almost like explanations of the characters to actors. Arthur shifts from being a very young-seeming 10-year-old to being in love with and wanting to marry the princess in a way that is not believable. The narrator's tone is condescending and there are asides that appear to be addressed to adult readers. With flat characters, pedestrian descriptions of the battles, and an ending that feels incomplete rather than cliff-hanging, this book will have trouble keeping an audience.-Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060596231
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2005
  • Pages: 219
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Luc Besson is the highly acclaimed screenwriter, producer, and director of such movies as The Fifth Element, The Messenger: Joan of Arc, Leon, and La Femme Nikita. He lives in France.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    It is around 1960 and Arthur is a ten-year-old boy whose parents

    It is around 1960 and Arthur is a ten-year-old boy whose parents are away looking for jobs so he is staying with his grandmother Suchot. His grandfather Archibald, who had been an engineer and travelled all over the world, has been missing for four years but left behind notebooks filled with stories about the Minimoys, a miniature people living underground who are all less than one inch tall. Archibald also buried some rubies somewhere in the garden. When Grandma can’t pay the taxes, utilities, and other bills, Mr. Davido, who wants to buy the property and build apartments on it, purchases the deed from the bank and is ready to foreclose. Arthur hunts for the rubies but can’t find them.
    By means of a hidden message left by his grandfather, Arthur learns how to find the Minimoys and, in fact, is turned into one himself. Meeting the Minimoy king, his daughter Princess Selenia, and his son Prince Betameche, he finds out the reason for his grandfather’s disappearance. He too had become a Minimoy to look for the jewels, which had been entrusted to the Minimoys, but they had been stolen by an evil wizard Maltazard, so Archibald went off to find them and was never heard from again. Believing his grandfather to be yet alive, Arthur must go with Selenia and Betameche to the city of Necropolis in the Forbidden Lands to see if they can rescue his grandfather and find the treasure. But many dangers await them on the way. Will they even make it to the Kingdom of Shadows?
    Our younger son Jeremy enjoyed the partly animated 2006 film Arthur and the Invisibles. I did not know that the movie was taken from a series of books until I saw the books on sale last year at a discount bookstore and picked them up. Author Luc Besson (b. 1959) is a French film director who decided to make a foray into writing children’s books. Based on an original idea by Celine Garcia, Arthur and the Minimoys was originally published in French and was translated into English by Ellen Sowchek. It contains little that is objectionable and is an interesting kid’s fantasy adventure tale that will appeal to most middle-school aged readers. There is a “sequel” of sorts, Arthur and the Forbidden City (2003), which is actually more of a continuation. In fact, the first book ends with the words “To be continued.” It was after writing the two books that Besson decided to turn the story into a film which contains the plots of both. Subsequent editions have combined them in one volume under the title Arthur and the Invisibles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    Awesome!!!!

    Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson was a very good and magical book. I loved the front and back art covers he did a very good job on designing them. This book was about a ten year old boy named Arthur who lives with his grandmother and dog in a big house in a rural area. His grandfather who worked in Africa studying the tribes there, but disappeared four years ago without leaving a trace except for a book about a mysterious tribe called the Minimoys. Now he must find the rubies his grandfather hid in the garden to use to pay off the debt on their house so the evil Mr. Davido doesn't take their home away from them. And while he's at it, he must find his grandfather in the world of the Minimoys and save him from the horribly cruel and pale Maltazard! Very great book can't wait to read the second one. M.S.B.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    Entertaining Adventure - makes you feel just like Gulliver!

    Its a wonderful book! Arthur is an average little boy who falls into a big adventure! Unfortunatly this book is only part one - you'll need Arthur and the Forbidden City to complete the story. This is the reprint on paperback but the cover art is amazing! I don't miss the hardcover edition. I would recommend it for people with an active imagination - if not just watch the film: Arthur and the Invisibles. But for those of you who want the feeling of being on a large adventure read the books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    I thought it was great

    I loved the movie and the book too

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2006

    Pretty Good

    This book was a little slow in parts, but overall pretty good. No Harry Potter or King Fortis, but still pretty good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    Fabulous!

    I can't wait for the sequel -- the ending of the book was a lot like Lord of the Rings -- the characters just faded into the sunset, and I know that more adventures await. This book was absolutely fabulous...way, way better than I expected. Arthur was a great character and his grandmother totally cracked me up. And the villain...was very villainous indeed. I can't wait for the mystery to unravel in the second book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Can't wait for the movie to be on the screens

    Our whole family read the 2 books in French last year and we just loved it. A wonderful story for both kids & parents. Just enjoy each every extremely well described scene, close your eyes and savor each chapter.

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