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Arthur and the Invisibles Movie Tie-in Edition

Press:Harpercollins Childrens Books HarperFestival; 1 edition (November 21, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-12
Author Name:Besson, Luc


Enjoy the dazzling adventures of film director Luc Besson's Arthur and the Minimoys and Arthur and the Forbidden City together for the first time. 
Join Arthur as he embarks on a journey to the land of the Minimoys, a tribe of people less than one inch tall, to find his missing grandfather and a stolen treasure.
Arthur joins two Minimoy friends on a trip to the forbidden city of Necropolis, where they battle the evil wizard Maltazard.
Now a major motion picture brought to life by Luc Besson himself!

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.
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From Booklist

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 CooperCopyright © American Library Association.
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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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  •     It all begins when ten year old Arthur and his grandmother are being forced to move out of their house. Arthur needs to find a treasure that his grandfather left behind before he went to the world of the half inch tall Minimoys to help fight M.the cursed (the most evil Minimoy of them all). But he never came back. Arthur thinks that he got captured by M. and will soon be killed. Then Arthur solves a riddle to get to the land of theMinimoys to save his grandfather and his home. "Arthur and the Minimoys" is a great book that's full of action, adventure, and a cliff hanging "to be continued..." end that makes you want to keep on reading. It leaves you with so many questions like: "Will Arthur survive?", "Is his house going to be saved?", and "Will Arthur find his lost grandfather and escape from M. the cursed?". It's a great book for people that like a little fantasy and a lot of action. Reading this book will make you want to read the sequel, "Arthur and the Forbidden City" where Arthur's adventures with the Minimoys continue. You'll be speechless after you read this story. I sure was. From sword fights to sibling fights, "Arthur and the Minimoys" is a great book for those action adventure lovers. So go to your nearest library and get a copy of Arthur and the Minimoys".

  •     This book had action, a little romance, fun, humor, family ties, realisticism, and EVERYTHING you could ever want in a book. A definite 5 star!

  •     Arhur, a adventurous and curious 10 year old boy is looking for his Grandfather who has vanished 4 years ago and has never returned.

  •     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.

  •     hi well to start this book was okay. I liked the movie better but since there are two books I'll just cover them both in this one review.

  •     I bought this book as a gift and decided to read it first to make sure it was age appropriate. The book recommends 9 to 12 - that's wrong.

  •     Arthur and the Minimoys was a decent little story, definitely targeted to a younger crowd (pre-teen) and was a relatively decent read.

  •     Arthur and the Minimoys is an exciting and interesting science fiction book with a bit of a romantic twist.

  •     It’s not very often you will hear me recommending to just see the movie instead of reading the book. However Arthur & the Minimoys is one of those rare cases where I say you aren’t missing much by just watching the movie. Luc Besson is a screenwriter. It is obvious that this book was written to be adapted to a movie. I’ve seen the movie Arthur and the Invisibles more times than I can count (my children love the movie). This book was nearly an exact book to screen adaptation.If you do want to read this book instead of watching the movie then you have got to get he audio version and listen to it! I listened to the audio version since it is narrated by Jim Dale. If you’ve listened to the audio version of Harry Potter or Peter and the Starcatchers then you already know what an amazing narrator Jim Dale is. Jim Dale turned this so-so book into something wonderfully entertaining to listen to.Arthur and the Minimoys is the first of a 2 book series. The sequel is called Arthur and the Forbidden City, I’ll start listening to it next. The movie Arthur and the Invisibles is adapted from both books. I’ve had the CDs in my car and they are perfect for listening to while I’m driving around town.Content: A clean read.Rating: The printed version of this book is probably just 3 stars. But the audio version is at least 4 stars due to Jim Dale’s narration. So I’m going with 3.5 stars.

  •     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.

  •     The book is outstanding and in great condition.

  •     I am a collector so when I find a great story in film I usually like the book as well. Purchased for my future readers

  •     Take my review with a grain of salt: I have read all of the books to date in the original French (up to the 4th: "Arthur et la guerre des deux mondes"), so I can comment on the story and original writing, but it is possible the translation may have exacerbated any problems regarding use of language."Fun" is the most appropriate word for this work. Originality is unfortunately lacking to some degree. The premise of "Honey I shrunk the kids" + some character elements from "Harry Potter" = "Arthur and the Minimoys"Even in French, Besson is a somewhat sloppy writer, relying too heavily on almost infantine similes. I am assuming these only worsen in translation.I did however enjoy the characters. There is something typically French about the relationships of the personages that makes this book worth plugging through, which further matures in the 2nd installment. I would recommend this book just to get to the sequel.To help you decide whether or not this is worth your time investment, I've included a note about the following books (no spoilers included)"Arthur et la Cite Interdite" - 4 starsThe character development is heart-warming. This book really shines and creates a genuine desire to read more."Arthur et la vengeance de Maltazard" - 2 starsTerrible. 75% of this book is flashbacks to help you better understand the characters. Almost no action is involved. I felt like it would never end. It could have worked if the stories told about each character related to what was currently happening (or not happening!) in the plot, but things almost tie together near the end."Arthur et la guerre des deux mondes" - 2 starsBoring. Besson decides to come back to the actual hear-and-now, but the events really aren't that interesting. This could have been a platform to further explore the relationships between the characters, but of this opportunity Besson never takes advantage. I was expecting some interesting, almost cataclysmic event (the title translates to "Arthur and the war of the two worlds"), but even this is dissappointing.Unless more sequels of note are released, I would suggest reading the first two books and stopping.

  •     I used to be a teacher (second and third grade) and I bought this to supplement the recreational reading material in my classroom. The kids loved it.

  •     My 8-year old daughter (3rd grade), an avid reader, is enjoying this book. She has also seen the movie several times.


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