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AT JUST TWELVE YEARS OLD, ARTEMIS FOWL IS A CRIMINAL GENIUS.
No scheme is too dastardly, no plot too devious. And he's just discovered that fairies are real.
But these are not the cuddly creatures of bedtime stories. They are armed. They are dangerous. And when Artemis captures Captain Holly Short for her fairy gold, he messes with the wrong elf.
Holly isn't armed but she's incredibly dangerous, and pretty annoyed with all the kidnapping.
Artemis Fowl is about to find out that fairies fight back . . .
Let the misadventure begin.
'Fast-paced, tongue in cheek . . . laugh-out-loud' - Sunday Times
'A huge hit' - The Guardian
'Artemis is a brilliant creation' - Anthony Horowitz
***Winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.***
About the Author
- ASIN : B00358VHRO
- Publisher : Puffin; 1st edition (June 3, 2010)
- Publication date : June 3, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 7200 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 324 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #270,631 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2020
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If ever there was a book series that could be used to introduce the concept of “anti-hero” to a middle grade audience, it is Artemis Fowl (or, you know, my novella Anchihiiroo – Origin of an Antihero, but I digress). Artemis Fowl II, in the debut book of this series, is the very definition of someone willing to do anything it takes (even a little kidnapping and ransom-demanding) for what is ultimately a good cause (trying to save his mother). One of my favorite things about this series is that Artemis, being a genius, has a very large vocabulary. The diction in this book is a lot more advanced and complex than many other middle grade books and I personally used it as a benchmark in my own writing for not talking down to a young audience (which I find many, many middle grade and even young adult books do). Colfer has found that great sweet spot to challenge young readers without dismissing their capabilities.
That being said, the story is a simple one that is very easy and fun to follow. The basic frame of the story follows the “heist” format. There are twists and turns and plans on top of plans. Sometimes they work and sometimes they fail. Sometimes they seem to fail but end up working (think of a fairy tale version of Ocean’s 11). Apparently Colfer himself has referred to it as “Die Hard with fairies” with which I can’t argue. Colfer has created his own sub-society of magical fairy creatures that presents the underlying mystery and magic to the series. At the same time, Artemis is a regular (well, as regular as a multi-millionaire genius pre-teen with a bit of an evil mastermind complex can be) human kid who breaks open the mysteries of this underworld.
When I first discovered this series years ago, I was excited to find a middle grade series that had a protagonist that wasn’t your bubbly “chosen one” stereotype. Artemis, due to his intelligence and resources, is way deeper and more complex than your typical middle grade hero. That alone is worth a read. Couple that with a fun and colorful underworld full of faeries, gnomes, and other supernatural beings and it’s a can’t-miss.
This book is more than appropriate for the youngest of readers. Any violence is cartoonish in nature, for the most part. There are no language or sexual content concerns either.
As the series goes on, there are points that get a little darker, but never does Colfer waver from the PG family friendly nature of this first book.
As an aside: there is also a wonderful graphic novel adaptation of this first book that can serve to help a struggling reader or a reader who might need a little more visual aides (or just someone who really likes graphic novels!).
5/5 Giant Cartoon Mallets from Toonopolis, The Blog's Books for Boys Review
The Fowl fortune took a big hit when his father, Artemis, invested (unwisely) in shipping to Russia after the communist break-up. the Russian mafia was not pleased and blew his ship out of the water, taking a good portion of the family's investment and Artemis senior with it. Artemis mother, delicate in nature, took to her bed and young Artemis is left to his own devices, for the most part. He decides that he needs to restore some of the family fortune, and decides finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is his answer. He tracks down and deciphers The Book; the bible of fairies, and he captures a fairy - except he probably chose the wrong fairy for this endeavor.
Holly Short was technically an elf, fairy, and leprechaun by trade (LEPrecon). Trying to make her way in a male dominated field, Holly allows her "magic" to slide by not performing the Ritual which would keep her powers intact. When she goes missing, Commander Root is not going to stop until Holly is safe. It's a test of wills, wits, skills, and magic between Artemis Fowl and the entire LEPrecon force.
I get the attraction for kids. It's a fun, rollicking masterminded adventure for kids. Not to be taken too seriously, yet it provides fun entertainment and ignites the power of imagination.
I was given a copy by NetGalley to review; the book was actually published in 2001, and a movie is currently being made, reigniting interest for young readers and movie goers. I found it fun, easy reading for middle grade readers.
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I don't think I'll be reading any more in the series. It is not bad but there were too many times I was annoyed with the characters and the way they acted.
My son loved it, with the technology, fantasy, fighting etc. and the jokey, sarcastic prose and dialogue. Personally I thought the writing was a bit repetitive, the story a bit thin, with the whole set up and background to Artemis and his situation not really well explained. Major suspension of disbelief required, and although it is good to encourage (any) reading, the writing wasn't of a good standard. However, this is a book aimed at children/early teens and so should be judged as such.
As expected the book was a pleasant surprise and I only wished I had read it as a child growing up (no doubt it would have encouraged an exciting villainous career) but even for an adult the book is witty with both intriguing and comical takes on creatures and tales many of us have grown with.
It's a light read the kind we all need sometimes, one I'd recommend to any Percy Jackson fans and an aptitude for villainy.