ARTHUR AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY by Luc Besson

ARTHUR AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY

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Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is the second half of the famed director’s children’s fantasy that began with Arthur and the Minimoys (p. 535). It is very bad indeed; however, attention must be paid, because Besson is making a movie of it, voiced by people like Madonna and David Bowie. The mishmash of a plot is matched by extraordinarily clichéd writing—blood runs cold, all is lost, panic in the street, and on and on. Arthur, the ten-year-old hero, is miniaturized and under the garden of his grandmother’s house, trying to save the Minimoys who live there from the evil Maltazard. In addition, he must rescue his anthropologist grandfather, and keep his grandmother’s house from their evil landlord Davido. He is helped in his mission by Selenia, princess of the Minimoys. (She chooses him to be her king and seals their union by a kiss in the way of Minimoys; what this means for ten-year-olds can only be answered by the mind of the man who created The Fifth Element). Others aiding in the quest include her brother, a mole and Arthur’s rescued grandfather. Genuinely, entirely and irredeemably awful and rescued by not a shred of imagination or delight. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-06-059626-0
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2005