Arthur and the Invisibles by Luc Besson

Posted March 4, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Arthur and the Invisibles by Luc BessonArthur and the Invisibles by Luc Besson
Published by HarperEntertainment on November 21st 2006
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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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!

Main Points

Wow, I love this book. I read it as a kid and I still love it. It’s amazing. It’s the perfect adventure, well, almost.

I mean, things kinda work out a little too well, but I’d prefer that to mass destruction and all, especially since it’s a middle grade. That excuses a lot of stuff, like the confusing stuff. It’s a fantasy, but things still don’t really make sense all the time, like the relative sizes of things. Like how the Minimoys were less than an inch tall (I’m pretty sure) and yet they lived with moles who must have been about the same size in order to coexist with them. But moles are considerably larger than an inch tall.

Another thing was the love story. It was adorable and perfect, except for the fact that Arthur was ten. It would have been more fitting if he was older. Similarly, they didn’t really seem to act their age. Princess Selenia acted way older than ten (since she and Arthur were about the same age) and Beta acted older than…how old would he have been? Five? Younger? They all acted way older than their ages. That was the only real problem I had with it being realistic. It would have made more sense if this was a YA book.

But aside from all that, it was great. The writing was clever and humorous and there were several moments where I got emotional. It was quite an engaging story with wonderfully done characters whom I either loved or hated, whichever was appropriate. The level of detail and world-building was perfect for a middle grade book- enough to get a clear picture but not enough to bore. Everything fit together nicely and cleverly.

Like I said before, things tend to work out a bit too perfectly, but hey, I’m a sucker for happy endings.

Reaction upon finishing: *wipes away a tear* I need a minute…*smiles sadly*

This book in one word:


 As for the movie…it’s really cute but I feel like the animation style and the omission of certain parts take away from the emotional experience. Still, it kinda makes it more kid-friendly because of that.

About Luc Besson

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.

Overall: five-stars


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