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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 un covers 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 prin cess—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. . . .

Amazon.com Review

Luc Besson, writer, director and producer of The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita, makes his children''s book debut with this over-the-top middle-grade fantasy first published in France.

Ten-year-old Arthur and his grandmother are doing just fine on their own -- except for that Grandpa has been missing in Africa for four years and a developer villain is evicting them from their own house. Things sour further when antique dealers haul away all of Grandpa''s priceless African artifacts and books. Arthur is certain that his grandfather must have left some hidden message somewhere that will reverse their current downward spiral. He hopes to discover some way to enter the world of the beautiful, red-haired, blue-eyed African Princess Selenia that he saw in his grandfather''s sketches; member of a tiny (less-than-an-inch-tall) tribe called the Minimoys that he suspects might live in Grandma''s garden. But how, when Grandpa''s attic has been stripped of clues?

Besson''s story contains many of the elements of a good, suspenseful children''s adventure, but it is often over told, employs an abundance of facile plot solutions, and loses threads and themes in a long, dizzying action-adventure sequence that abruptly ends as "to be continued." Still, it''s hard to resist a likeable hero-protagonist, treasure maps, the promise of rubies, and a land of warring tiny people. Let the hype begin! The sequel Arthur and the Forbidden City is due in fall 2005, and Arthur, a computer-animated movie based on the books, is due out in 2006, with Madonna voicing the part of Princess Selenia. (Ages 8 to 12) --Karin Snelson

From School Library Journal

Grade 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 © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. Although this was a best-seller in France, some of its charm must have been lost in translation. Ten-year-old Arthur lives with his grandmother. His dear grandfather, an inventor and visionary who spent much time in generic "Africa," has been lost for six years, and a Snidely Whiplash villain wants to steal Grandmother''s home. Arthur decides to go to the Land of the Minimoys, a tribe of people less than an inch tall that once befriended his grandfather, in hope of finding help. Once there, Arthur finds himself reduced to Minimoy size and with his work cut out for him--work that takes him into the next book. Besson, a movie writer and director ( The Fifth Element), offers a real hodge-podge here, which includes a nod to Arthurian legend. The only reason to have this on hand is the publisher''s massive marketing campaign, with print and radio ads along with hype for a movie to be made from this book and its sequel, Arthur and the Forbidden City, to be released in the fall.There may be demand--then disappointment. Ilene Cooper
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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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Travis Illig
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good story, easy reading
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2007
Arthur and the Minimoys was a decent little story, definitely targeted to a younger crowd (pre-teen) and was a relatively decent read. The whole idea was simple yet very interesting. I only had two issues with the book. First, there''s a definite issue... See more
Arthur and the Minimoys was a decent little story, definitely targeted to a younger crowd (pre-teen) and was a relatively decent read. The whole idea was simple yet very interesting.

I only had two issues with the book.

First, there''s a definite issue with relative scale. I''m willing to believe in the tiny Minimoy population that''s barely 1/2" tall... but nothing 1/2" tall is going to be able to ride on a mosquito. You have to let some of the scale problems go if you''re going to read this.

Second, the book pretty much abruptly ends, blatantly leaving you hanging for the sequel, "Arthur and the Forbidden City." It''s almost a prerequisite that you get both books (or the combined book, "Arthur and the Invisibles") or you''ll never actually know how the story ends.

Other than that, you''ll like it. It''s simple and fun.
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Kimber
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Love it
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2020
My 7yr old loves this book! It came in perfect condition!
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Michael William Vaughan
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2015
The book is outstanding and in great condition.
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Délice
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Adventure
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
I *finally* read the first book in this famous French series. Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson is an epic adventure tale about a little boy named Arthur, living with his grandmother in the country. He has a great imagination and loves inventing things and playing with... See more
I *finally* read the first book in this famous French series. Arthur and the Minimoys by Luc Besson is an epic adventure tale about a little boy named Arthur, living with his grandmother in the country. He has a great imagination and loves inventing things and playing with his dog. Arthur''s grandfather mysteriously disappeared years ago and Arthur is determined that clues were left behind for him. Once he starts hunting, he is delighted to find his suspicions confirmed! After following the trail of super creative clues, he is transported underground and miniaturized (Wild Kratts anyone??) into a hidden community of tiny creatures! A super fun adventure ensues.
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I have to admit this was a hard read in English as a bilingual!! It did not read very naturally and came across as poorly translated, so awkward at times that I laughed out loud! I wonder how it would read as a non-French speaker? I loved the characters and storyline so much that I plan on reading it in French, I imagine it will read much more smoothly and that the metaphors will work better!
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Wayne S. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars
interesting kid''s fantasy adventure tale
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2012
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... See more
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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Amy Aldrich
4.0 out of 5 stars
Just Plain Fun Reading!
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2006
Reading Arthur and the Minimoys is like watching a movie...and after reading some reviews, I can see way. It''s being developed as a CGI movie in 2007, that said it''s also a romping good adventure...a kind of Honey I Shrunk the Kids meets The Secret of Nimh with a smidge of... See more
Reading Arthur and the Minimoys is like watching a movie...and after reading some reviews, I can see way. It''s being developed as a CGI movie in 2007, that said it''s also a romping good adventure...a kind of Honey I Shrunk the Kids meets The Secret of Nimh with a smidge of Indiana Jones. As the story starts out, we meet Arthur who is staying with his Grandma and both sorely miss Grandpa who disappeared without a trace four years before. Family love is clearly present and Arthur really loves to visit with his Grandfathers collection of African books and masks, reliving through this the many adventures his Grandfather had as a younger man. It is the day of Arthur''s tenth birthday the dastardly Mr. Davido shows up and tells them they have three days to come up with the money they owe or he''s taking the house and everything in it...it''s at this moment that Arthur refuses to take it "lying down" sets out to find his grandfathers long lost treasure.

From there, Arthur is transported to the miniature world of the Minimoys where he meets the feisty princess Selenia and her somewhat silly (but quite loveable) brother Beta. They set out together on an Adventure that spans the garden (which is a vast and dangerous as the wildest jungle from the height of ¾ of an inch) to stop the evil M, the cursed! As they make their way to the Forbidden City they face innumerable obstacles with courage and a bit of humor! Will they make it to the Forbidden City? Will they be able to stop the evil M, the cursed? Will Arthur get the treasure back before the cruel Mr. Davido boots his grandma out of her house? Those things are left to a second book...but readers won''t be too disappointed with the build up to the arrival at the city because the journey there is half the adventure and a whole lot of fun to read.

Overall...this isn''t great literature; it''s just plain old fun reading. The story is easy to follow, the good guys are all good (and likeable even) the bad guys are all totally evil and the parallel story line between the "real" world (the M, the Cursed and Mr. Davido) and the world of the Minimoys adds a nice second layer to the story. This book would make nice light reading for a couple of nights for readers aged 8-12...nothing too taxing, but highly entertaining for a few hours! I give it four stars.
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B. Capossere
2.0 out of 5 stars
relatively pallid, little spark
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2006
Arthur and the Minimoys is not a particularly bad book--its main character is likable enough; its setting of a tiny world within our own is, if not highly original, a tried and true premise; and Besson does a nice job here and there with descriptions of the inventive sort... See more
Arthur and the Minimoys is not a particularly bad book--its main character is likable enough; its setting of a tiny world within our own is, if not highly original, a tried and true premise; and Besson does a nice job here and there with descriptions of the inventive sort of machinery in the little world. But if it isn''t particularly bad, it''s also not particularly good. It''s character swings back and forth between the voice/emotions of a ten-year-old (which he is supposed to be) and that of a person much older), it''s world description is relatively light and fuzzy, too much is told rather than revealed, and the characters are solidly and somewhat dully two-dimensional. Besson is known for his films and in fact, this book reads as if it would have made a better script, with its quick pace, lack of character/setting development, and a lengthy battle scene that seems much more suited for film. Since it is in fact being turned into an animated movie, I suggest potential readers wait for the film and skip the book, the opposite of my usual advice. Not recommended.
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Christina Fixemer
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Little Adventure
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2006
Arthur is staying at his grandmother''s house when everything goes wrong. An evil man, Mr. Davido, is trying to take his grandparents'' home away. With Arthur''s grandfather missing for the past four years, it''s been difficult for his grandmother to keep Davido from taking... See more
Arthur is staying at his grandmother''s house when everything goes wrong. An evil man, Mr. Davido, is trying to take his grandparents'' home away. With Arthur''s grandfather missing for the past four years, it''s been difficult for his grandmother to keep Davido from taking over. Now it''s too late.

Arthur refuses to accept the turn of events. He''s determined to find a secret treasure hidden by his grandfather, even if it means being turned into a Minimoy, a very small person. The Minimoys who live beneath his grandmother''s garden are in need of their own hero, and Arthur seems to fit the bill--much to their Princess''s chagrin.

Arthur, Princess Selenia and Prince Beta set out on a dangerous adventure. If they can succeed in their quest, they''ll save not only the tiny tribe and the house, but they may find out what happened to Arthur''s missing grandfather.

Besson has created a charming world beneath our world. This fully envisioned environment is both creative and endearing. The Minimoys are charismatic, each in their own way, and the distant villain promises to be thrilling for young readers. The blend between the "real" world and this "fantasy" world is as fun as it is mysterious. Although it plays on some Arthurian archetypes, this story stands on its own.

Young readers will be compelled to follow the adventure into the next book, Arthur and the Forbidden City, in which the story will pick up at the halfway point, where Minimoys left off. This seems to be a great idea, as children will not be intimidated by picking up a 200-page book, as opposed to thumbing through one at 400-pages. It will also give kids a taste of following a contiguous series and the satisfaction therein.

This is a great little fantasy adventure for any kid with a healthy imagination.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

9/15/2006

4½-Balloons for WUAT; 5-STARS for Amazon
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