Date reviewed: 2/17/03 Grades 4-7 author’s website
Summary: Artemis is a twelve-year-old evil mastermind who is determined to prove the reality of fairies and make them give him their fairy gold. He struggles to deal with his mother’s mental breakdown after his father’s disappearance. Artemis captures Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police reconnaissance team) as she is trying to recharge her magical powers. Cigar-toting Commander Root deals with smart-mouthed techie Foaly, fairy rules, and political backstabbing while trying to foil Fowl’s plans.
Personal Reaction: I liked this book very much! It reminds me of “Pinky and the Brain” cartoon. It was a fun read. It really kept me guessing to see which rules the fairies had to follow and whether Artemis really had all of his bases covered.
Points for discussion with children: folklore dealing with fairies, leprechauns, and pot ‘o gold at the end of the rainbow
Possible classroom uses: Just for fun! You could compare and contrast these character types with others that kids have seen on TV or in other books.
Connections to other books? This is book 1 of a series by Colfer: The Arctic Incident and The Eternity Code are next, plus many more. I like The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw and Changeling by Delia Sherman if you’ve got an interest in fairies.
Realia: see if you can get a mini-book and spray-paint it gold, limousine toy car, Egyptian Hieroglyphs book, troll (not the poofy hair kind, but big & mean), acorn, cigar?