Artemis Fowl

The Atlantis Complex
357p. 978-1-42312-819-9.
PreS-Gr 1 Little Bear has too many items on his Christmas list and does not want to cull it down. When all the gifts under the tree go to his cousins, he suffers the indignity of watching the coveted skateboard, hobbyhorse, and pogo stick belong to someone else. Unsatisfied with the envelope he has gotten, Little Bear leaves it unopened and retreats under the kitchen table, coming out when his cousins need help figuring out how to play with their toys. The shared experiences are so much fun that Little Bear forgets about his own present, making his reward at the end all the sweeter. While the characters are not very expressive, the subtle touches make Little Bear's spoiled behavior easier to swallow. The illustrations also help the lesson gently unfold through the story, rather than overtly explaining the virtues of patience and sharing, or that the holiday is about more than just presents.-"Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Artemis Fowl is suffering from the Atlantis Complex, a fairy mental disorder that makes him obsessive and delusional. In spite of his confusion, he needs to save the underwater city of Atlantis from an evil fairy, with help from Butler, Holly, and other returning characters. Entertaining action scenes will appeal to this series' many fans, who will enjoy the familiar but formulaic fun.

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