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Despicable Me: The Junior Novel

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by Annie Auerbach (Text by)
 

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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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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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School Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316083805
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
05/19/2010
Series:
Despicable Me Series
Pages:
135
Sales rank:
530,340
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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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Meet the Author

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

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Despicable Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages are there? I love the movie and my backround is the yellow people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please do yourself a BIG favor and dont buy this book! Buy the movie instead
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so fluffy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Despicible me ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like both the book @ the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages/chapters r there?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sonic ran to Kristeys cave. "Kristey you in here", asked Sonic. There was no answer. "Hello, anybody home", aked Sonic. Just then a letter flew out of the cave. It said Sonic and his crue. Sonic read the leter it said "Sonic, We have Kristey. She will make a great villan. HAHAHAHAHA!!!! If you want her back you will have to fight. Dont be long. OR ELSE!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! FROM:EGGMAN After Sonic read the letter he ran back to tell everyone. They were ready to fight. Nexy part will be on dispicable me 2.
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NEEDS EVERYTHING THAT DEALS WITH MINIONS!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best movie
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The Minion movie is in the making!
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I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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It's so fluffy im gonna die!!!!!:) - Agnes
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I love it
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Good movie.
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Going to steal....... ZHE MOOOON!!!!!
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