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A smart, funny junior novelization of Despicable Me, an animated movie about "world's greatest villain" Gru, coming from Universal Studios in Summer 2010! Includes a color insert of stills from the film!

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Overview

A smart, funny junior novelization of Despicable Me, an animated movie about "world's greatest villain" Gru, coming from Universal Studios in Summer 2010! Includes a color insert of stills from the film!

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 3–6—Whereas children's novels often prove excellent fodder for successful films, the reverse is occasionally true. This novelization (Little, Brow, 2010) by Annie Auerbach of the 2010 animated movie release from Universal Studies does justice to a delightful story that seems inspired by Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" series. The self-proclaimed villain, Gru, is prodded by his mother to come up with a more devious crime after the Great Pyramid is stolen by a competitor. He decides to steal the moon, but the bank will not loan him the funds. Enter three orphan girls, knocking on the door to sell cookies. The girls are later used to steal a shrink ray from another villain (who loves their cookies), and Gru is forced to temporarily adopt them. Though he attempts to maintain control, the girls wind their way into his heart, demanding bedtime stories, dance lessons, and a stuffed unicorn. The theft of the moon proves to be successful, but only briefly. Tim Curry's excellent narration is spot-on. Listeners need not have seen the movie to enjoy this audiobook. This is a more satisfying novel than the very abbreviated movie spin-off by Lucy Rosen (Little, Brown, 2010) intended for a much younger audience.—Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316083805
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/19/2010
  • Series: Despicable Me Series
  • Pages: 135
  • Sales rank: 197,047
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

We are doing this tie-in program with Universal Pictures.

Annie Auerbach is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 books for children.

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First Chapter

Despicable Me: The Junior Novel


By

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780316083805

PROLOGUE

“There is panic around the globe!”

—TV newsman

VROOM! A tacky tour bus rumbles through the Egyptian desert. A herder and his goats quickly jump out of the way as the bus zooms across the dunes, leaving behind clouds of dust. Inside the bus, a little boy with a skull and crossbones on his T-shirt lowers his sunglasses and presses his face against the window for a better look. His face bumps the window when the bus screeches to a halt. The little boy, named Justin, stumbles out tethered to a kid leash, with his mother holding on to the other end very tightly. All of the other tourists pile out, too, and stare in awe.

In front of them stands the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Justin’s father turns to his wife and holds up his hand. “Quick, honey, take my picture!” he says. “I got the pyramid in my hand!”

His wife snaps a few pictures. Then, through the viewfinder of the camera, she sees Justin running off into the distance. He has unhooked himself from the leash.

“You get back here right now!” she calls to her son.

Justin isn’t listening. He is too busy crawling through the roped-off area that surrounds the pyramid. He holds a toy airplane in his hand and swoops it through the air, clueless to the danger he is getting into.

“No! Stop!” shouts a security guard.

“Do not cross the line!” another security guard yells.

The Egyptian security guards chase after Justin. The boy scampers up a rickety maintenance scaffolding.

“Wait, wait, wait! Hold on, little boy,” the guard warns.

Justin just keeps playing with his toy airplane.

“Stop right there!” the other guard says, more urgently.

Justin turns back to look at the guards… and slips! He falls off the scaffolding, plummeting headfirst toward the pyramid!

Justin screams.

His mother screams.

KOOSH! Justin hits the pyramid—and then bounces off! He sails over the guards’ heads. The tourists quickly snap pictures as Justin flies through the air, heading straight for his mother.

“I’ve got him! I’ve got him!” she screams frantically, tracking the boy’s trajectory through the air.

With a splat, Justin lands right on top of his father. He’s okay!

The pyramid, however, deflates like a big inflatable bounce house.


*  *  *


Word spreads quickly as newscasters report the day’s biggest story.

“Outrage in Egypt tonight as it was discovered that the Great Pyramid of Giza has been stolen and replaced by a giant inflatable replica,” says one newsman on the television.

The TV broadcast cuts away to footage of Egyptian police attempting to re-inflate the fake pyramid. It’s going slowly. Very slowly.

The newscaster continues. “There is panic around the globe as countries and citizens try to protect their beloved landmarks.”

The TV screen is flooded with footage of French police guarding the Eiffel Tower and Chinese tanks guarding the Great Wall.

“Law enforcement still has no leads, leaving the world to wonder: Which of the world’s villains is responsible for this heinous crime? And where will he strike next?”



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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Love zhe movie but crappy book

    The minions were so funny i thought id wet myself laughing. What is not funny about a minion workout class or butt prints on the photocopier????? But this book was stupid and sometimes added fake things that werent in the movie. Ugghhh

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Dispicable me

    How many pages are there? I love the movie and my backround is the yellow people.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Refund wanted!

    I want a refund and I want it now!!!!! I got the free sample thinking it was only part of the book but no, IT'S ACTUALLY ONLY 7 PAGES!!!!!! I JUST WASTED A GOOD 5 BUCKS, I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    What?

    How many pages/chapters r there?

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    FallenClaw

    A loud screech cuts through the air followed bya wail and a satisfied hiss. Fallen claw pads up ibto camp glaring at everyone. He looks around as if searching for something then declares "I am fallenclaw. I need to meet Riverscreech at the 3rd result." He purrs to himself then pads off. Hos black pelt gleaming and his muscle rippling under his pelt. His blue eyes gave him a mysterouis look. He is very handsome and charming though all the same a cat worthy of the dark forest. He is a magnificent fighter. If yoi like he can join the clan.( he wants Riverscreech as his mate)

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    I realy want book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Despicable Me!!!!!!!

    I thought the book was very good! It felt bitter sweet while reading. I also thought the book had a crisp ending!

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Love it ah Love it zo much and its a movie tap me

    Its so fluffy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Despicible me ?

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    The movie is SO much better

    Please do yourself a BIG favor and dont buy this book! Buy the movie instead

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Bad

    Very bad watch the movie instead :(

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Hi

    I like both the book @ the movie

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    The minions are hilarious

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahah . Book sucked movies better

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    The movie iz better tap he to find out something

    IT SO FLUFFY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    To Moonscae

    Flameclaw is locked out.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Love movie

    Love the movie. Never read this book, and probably never will. My fave parts in movie: Fart gun, and the minion making photocopies of his butt. :) lol

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    I wonder

    Look like its like the movie.I love the movie so i think i will like the book!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Fh

    You've done been shrunck

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Gru

    The movie is better than this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    NEW MOVIE

    The Minion movie is in the making!

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