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Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson, Ellen Sowchek, Celine Garcia

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 the Minimoys, a miniature people who are all less than one inch tall!

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

Ten-year-old Arthur is about to find out, as a hidden message catapults him on an adventure wilder than he had ever imagined. He'll face mosquito-riding soldiers, a malevolent wizard, giant centipedes, and one very independent princess . . . and along the way he might discover that the littlest heroes can make the biggest difference.

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ISBN-13: 9780060596255
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/25/2006
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
The_Felicitous_Readings More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie and the book too
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a little slow in parts, but overall pretty good. No Harry Potter or King Fortis, but still pretty good
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.