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Arthur and the Forbidden City (Arthur #2)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  875 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Arthur's backyard looked like an ordinary garden until he discovered the Minimoys and their vast world where fierce battles are fought, ferocious monsters are faced, and one evil wizard, Maltazard the Cursed, rules from his terrifying stronghold: Necropolis, the forbidden city. Now ten-year-old Arthur magically transformed into a Minimoy must help them find a way into this ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by HarperTrophy (first published 2003)
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Jul 17, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it
The completion of the Arthur and the minimoys story. While this one had considerable more action, and the film stuck closely to a lot of it, it had major elements to it that seem to make more sense in the book (ie the love story and marriage, which is cut out in the movie... Selena even mentions the importance of a princess' first kiss in the movie but does not eleaborate). However, there are inconsistencies in this book. Such as how many moon until Arthur can return. Is it seven? Twelve? Ten? E ...more
Wayne S.
Jun 07, 2012 Wayne S. rated it really liked it
In this sequel to, or more properly continuation of, Arthur and the Minimoys, Arthur, whose grandfather Archibald had disappeared some four years earlier and whose grandmother is now in danger of losing their home to Mr. Davido because she can’t pay the mortgage, has been reduced in size so that he can journey underground to the land of the Minimoys in hopes of rescuing his grandfather and finding the jewels which Archibald had hidden in the garden so that the mortgage can be paid. The Minimoy k ...more
Jan 04, 2008 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who read and loved Arthur and the Minimoys, or desperate Luc Besson fans.
This sequel to Arthur and the Minimoys took me a long time to read, partly because I didn’t think the first book was very good. Well, the second one isn’t that good, either, and it is due to the same problems. For some reason Besson, a film director, has a TERRIBLE sense of visualization, or at least describing what he sees. This is partly because Besson, himself, doesn’t seem to understand what he’s talking about half the time. Relative sizes don’t make sense or stay consistent. Throughout both ...more
Billy Dolny
May 11, 2016 Billy Dolny rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr-8-semester-2
I liked the book. this book is for people who love creativity and imagination. You need to read the first book though. I thought it was the first book so it was a little confusing. I liked how the author made you think of what it was like as an ant. This book changes your perspective. Other than that it was a good book.
Heather Van
Apr 12, 2016 Heather Van rated it liked it
I thought this book was okay because I thought there could've been more action then adventure but I guess the adventure of finding his grandfather was okay. This book kind of reminded me of a fairy tale from a the main character's point of view.
Kelsey Stone
Mar 08, 2012 Kelsey Stone rated it liked it
Arthur and the Forbidden City is the second book in the Arthur series. I was not able to read the first one, but the writing was so clear that I understood the story without it.

Arthur was turned into a minimoy and is searching for a treasure which is hidden in his grandmothers garden. If he doesn't find the treasure, his grand parents house is going to be taken from them. While he is looking for the treasure, he is also trying to save the minimoy kingdom from the evil M.

I read this book because
May 28, 2009 Jack rated it liked it
The second part is just as good. The fact that Arthur learned and grow up during the adventure is just -- I'd say perfect. He had his moments, but at times Arthur behave like a child as he should be and other times like those beyond thier own age. I love the writing style and the story idea. I wouldn't say it's perfect, but the chances that present itself were expected. It's a good book to read for children - still. And adult if they love to go on little adventures that could get them off the tr ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, series
I really liked this book, and found it to be as good as the first one, it was suspensful and full of surprises and adventure.
The Brothers
Jan 20, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
Shelves: asher-read, quests
Asher (9yo) read. "Very good. A miniature people with a evil king that takes lots of food and just eats a little of it."
Apr 07, 2016 Bellabloodyeye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's great but it's not perfect.
Dayna Smith
This is the second book in the Arthur series. It wraps up the story begun in the first book. Arthur, Princess Selenia, and Beta make it to the Forbidden City, defeat the evil M., find his grandfather and the treasure, and save the farm. This is such a cute story and a fun fantasy read.
Sep 08, 2007 Taylor rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, fiction
It's a good story. The writing is okay, but not great. I was happy to finish the story, having been dropped off an edge and cut short at the end of Arthur and the Minimoys.

I really like the bit about kissing and the power that a kiss has. I thought that was awesome.
Rose Dawson
Feb 04, 2013 Rose Dawson rated it liked it
Shelves: childhood
Arthur a Minimojové!Prvně jsem viděla film,a byl super.Takže jsem si pořídila knížku.Nebyla špatná,jen to možná nebyl úplně můj styl.Knížku bych doporučila dětem kolem 6-10 let.Je plná dobrodružství.Oblíbila jsem si Arthura,Selénii i jejího bratříčka ;D
Feb 22, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-reads
Had to read this follow up to Arthur and the Minimoys. I was not disappointed. I am going to watch for other books by Luc Besson. I am sad there are only two about Arthur and his adventures with the Minimoys.
May 12, 2012 Lorena rated it it was amazing
We liked this book even more than the first one. We would like to see Arthur bring the princess to his world in a third book. Great audio book!
May 11, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un cuento de fantasía que te lleva a diferentes lugares. A mi en lo pqersonal me ha parecido muy bueno; para un momento de diversión y de aventuras.
Apr 20, 2009 Nuno added it
Adorei o livro, vi o filme o dia a seguir a ter acabado de ler o livro e achei o filme o mais fiel ao livro que já vi até hoje.
Jul 18, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it
This book is well written for the young reader. The writing is very obviously written to be made into a movie, which it has been.
Sep 28, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
Very good! An exciting story of a lost treasure and people less than an inch tall! But that's all I'll say!
Jul 14, 2015 Kat rated it liked it
Shelves: to-be-read-pile
C'est pas mal, sans pour autant être extraordinaire. J'ai par moment trouvé le récit un peu lourd.
Alice Spades
adorei. pena faltar-me o 3livro. terei de esperar para ler a próxima aventura.. ...more
Jul 12, 2013 sfyp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think it was better than the first book, but still not very well written.
Nov 06, 2010 Roshni rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Average fantasy book, and the romance just ruins the whole story
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A lovely story for young kids. They'll love it!
Nov 12, 2012 Francisca rated it liked it
Adorable little read.
Jan 11, 2013 Denali rated it really liked it
Read so great!
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Luc Besson is a French film director, writer and producer. He is the creator of EuropaCorp film company. He has been involved with over 50 films, spanning 26 years, as writer, director, and/or producer, including the Transporter series.
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