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Arthur and the Minimoys

(Arthur et les minimoys #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,218 ratings  ·  87 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2002)
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Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Ten-year-old Arthur and his grandmother are still haunted by the disappearance of Arthur's grandfather, an explorer who remains missing after several years, while being hounded by the developer who intends to evict them from their house. As money runs out, Grandma is faced with selling many of the precious artifacts Grandpa found in his extensive journeys--but not before Arthur finds a clue to the treasure that Grandpa hid in the backyard. This discovery takes Arthur on an incredible adventure ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this is obviously a young reader book. It puts a new spin on the 'Arthur and The Sword In The Stone' concept.
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I didn't expected a lot from this book, so I can't say I was really disappointed. The story itself is a classic adventure, rather entertaining, the kind of thing a experienced film-maker like Besson can do.
Not much subtelty, but some efficiency.

What really bothered me though was the writing. I can't call it purple prose really, but it felt cheesy
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We had fun! There isn't much difference from book to film! There are even exact lines that are the same. It was just as fun to read the book as it was to watch the movie! Who doesn't want to believe that there is a world of little people living in their backyard...and if only you have all the pieces (a rug, five very large men and a magic telescope), and the right too can join them for awhile!?! I know I'd like to sleep in a Tulip, ride a bee, use a leaf as a boat down a raging mud ...more
Dayna Smith
If this name sounds familiar it may be because Besson is more famous for his movies which include The Fifth Element and La Femme Nikita. This is Besson's first novel for young people and the first in a series of books on Arthur's adventures. Arthur is a ten-year-old boy living with his grandmother. His grandfather disappeared four years earlier and now a greedy developer is trying to take the family farm. Arthur heads out to find his grandfather and save the family farm. A cute story, fantasy ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

We loved this book! We listened to it on CD. Great for the whole family!
I believe this is one of the books I received for free from an elementary school. It is an interesting concept, but I found it difficult to get through. It didn't capture my attention. I personally feel like there was too much off topic information that slowed the plot down. It is possible that the information that didn't seem to belong is relevant to the second book, but it didn't make sense in this one.

This novel is about the adventures of Arthur as he tries to save his grandmother's property
Oct 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book for kids, but written for a younger audience than I prefer. The characters all feel a little one dimensional, the pacing is good one minute, then terrible the next. I'll likely read the next one in the series, but it's not something I need to rush out and finish.
Caralyn Rubli
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun take on the King Arthur story.
Actually, what I like most about this book is Jim Dale, the narrator. He really brings personality to the characters!!!
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun start to a grand adventure. I'm excited to read what happens next!
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first saw the movie and basically anything with young Freddie Highmore is brilliant so I love the movie. I didn't realize they were books until years later and didn't know even until later than that that Jim Dale read the audio books! I love a good audio book, so I listened to Jim Dale's excellent performance and loved every second.

The movie is about both "Arthur and the Minimoys" and "Arthur and the Forbidden City", and it follows it very well, if my memory is correct. Again, I love both so
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book has been sitting on my shelf for years. Literally. It’s in my possesion since 2006. I thought it was about time for me to finally read it. I didn’t expect much, so I was not disappointed. The whole idea is actually quite interesting and I found myself really liking the world of Minimoys. Although, it could’ve been executed a bit better. The world building itself was not very neat and I kept wondering about stuff that were quickly mentioned, but never actually explained.

At the beginning
Wayne Walker
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur's grandfather has gone missing four years ago. Arthur lives with his grandmother, mostly happy, except for wishing his parents would stop their job-hunting to come live with him again. As an evil plot emerges to take away his grandmother's land, he turns to the Minimoys, a tiny people inches tall, to warn them of the impending disaster and seek the rubies he suspects must be hidden with them.

This was a disorienting read. Arthur is supposed to be ten, but he often feels younger than that
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
My 9-year-old daughter came home from the library with this book (in fact the whole series). Since I'd never heard of it before, I decided to read the first one to see what it was she was devouring with such interest.

Because I read the book in Russian translation (not my native language) I don't feel competent to comment on the style.

On the positive side, this is a decent adventure story whose mysterious beginning is sure to captivate any young reader. I can see why it was made into a movie.

Young Arthur is devastated to learn that her grandparents are in danger of loosing their house and the farm. But his grandfather has been missing for four years, so to help his grandma avoid eviction, Arthur renews his efforts looking for clues as to how and why his grandpa disappeared. Arthur's urgent search thrusts him into the land of the little people-- the Minimoys, and that's belowground of the backyard garden where his grandpa disappeared. With the help of the Bogo-Matassalai tribe, ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This started sooooo great and I was quite hopeful, but then it became repetitive and uninspired.
Anita Tamm
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book and the second one from this series like, three years ago? Anyway, ever since, it has been lingering in the back of my head, peeking its head out from time to time. For me, the most amazing things in this book are the relationships. And of course, the child in me loved the way the garden was described, and as I realised in the final book, the whole world of the minimoys - the seven kingdoms or whatever they were, all fit into the one garden. I also loved the grandfather and his ...more
This book was pretty good for a fantasy adventure. A tribe of little people that one else believes exists become involved in an adventure that a child becomes tangled up with isn't entirely original, but this was light and exciting, and I liked it for that. One little quirk about this book was that it seemed a little like an old cartoon or comic strip with its regular use of phrases like "our three heroes". It even ended with a to be continued... That's a phrase right out of cinema if ever there ...more
Sebin Chin
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first English fiction novel I've read. It is very thick so I didn't have confidence to finish it. But the next thing I knew, I was reading while I was eating dinner. It is the most addictive story that I've ever seen. I liked the part where the author mixed the myth about King Arthur and the character Arthur in the book. I thought using mosquitoes for jets was very creative. After reading the series, I borrowed the movie and saw everything too! I want to recommend this book to ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction
There is some beautiful imagery in this book - especially at the beginning. The descriptions are captivating. Some of the references and names are great introductions for young readers to classic concepts (Arthur removes the sword from the stone; a guy who works w/ mirrors is named Miro, etc.) But near the middle it got a bit tiresome. I also find it irritating that it isn't a complete story - what should have been one book is divided into two. I probably would have given it 4 stars except for ...more
Not even Jim Dale's voice could salvage this audio recording. Even thought the writing wasn't bad and the characters were fun, the plot could not have been more simple or cliche. Couldn't find it in myself to care whether they lost the house. And I actually dreaded the inevitable introduction of the Minimoys. I don't see why writers are so interested in tiny people. Must be the same writers who love writing stories about mice. Can we just write a great story and forget about the gimmicks? Only ...more
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not familiar with the works of Luc Besson, on screen on written. Therefore, I can't compare the book to any of his other works. To be honest, I generally find the book -- entertaining. The dose of adventure and magic is good to revive one from a dreadful day. I like Arthur, his silliness makes me giggle time and time. All I could think of was; what an adorable child. It's a good easy read for children. It could easily whisk those with huge imagination on to a great adventure. And I heard ...more
Jul 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, childrens
Arthur goes on an adventure with some "Little People" who live in his yard in order to stop the evil corporation and stem the tide of development. I should be so lucky with my little Arthur.

It was a good read and it will be lots of fun to read out loud someday. It is one in a series, and ended on something of a cliff hanger. Not so much of a cliff hanger that I am impatient to get to the library for the next installment, but enough of on that I will check out book 2 as soon as I am near the
Magenta  Cooly
Really good writing all on its own. The ordinary slice of life moments before the adventuring begins is, interestingly enough, far more entertaining.
I'm going to blame it on the fact that because Besson is French his characters have extreme emotional value. I mean, when the characters worry for each other, you worry about the characters.
It was good enough so that I'll continue on to the sequel...eventually.
Aug 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
However if you like audio books grab Arthur & the Invisibles. It's narrated by Jim Dale and is very entertaining.
Nice fantasy story for young readers. It's pity that the book has an open end and requires the reading of sequels, which is somewhat unsatisfactory.
The plot is good. It tells about the existing struggle/war of a tiny tribe: the Minimoys against a villain who wants to dominate them. Arthur is their hero, who like the legendary Arthur also succeeds in pulling out a mysterious sword of a stone.
There is also a movie made of this story.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middlegrade
The language is a little stunted but I understand it is often due to translation issues and the fact the author may not be the most experienced in writing books. There are some decent jokes that I was happy to read. It's very very close to the movie adaptation-wise if my memory serves correct. It moves at a decent pace but serves as only half a story with a large "To Be Continued" ending, literally.
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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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