The fairy Book, written in Gnomish, contains the history and the secrets of the People. Until now, Artemis Fowl was the only human who could read the ancient language.
We translated a fairy advice into English
When a fairy is trapped aboveground without magic, it is best to ovoid contact with humans.
Hide in the shallows of a river as humans especially children do not like to wash themselves.
Drape yourself with the skin of a sheep or go at as humans are of ten not clever enough to notice if you are cornered by a human slap the ground with the flat of your hand as this will often frighten the mud men away.
If this is unsuccessful admit that you are a fairy and humans being cynical creatures will think that you are a friend in a costume trying to make a fool of them.
If all this fails then ask the human if you could possibly borrow some money and the mud man will flee with great speed and never sk you out again.
From The Artemis Fowl Files by Eoin Colfer