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Despicable Me: The Junior Novel
By Annie Auerbach

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Despicable Me: The Junior Novel

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Despicable Me
The Junior Novel
By Annie Auerbach
Read by Tim Curry
Hachette Audio, (2010)
An Unabridged Recording on 2 CDs
ISBN: 978-1-60788-370-8
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Reviewed by Angela Evans - July 5, 2010

Written as a movie tie-in for the new 3-D CGI animated film from Universal Pictures, Despicable Me: The Junior Novel is a fast-paced, fun to listen to book that is sure to give you a decent dose of the giggles. Like its movie counterpart, this book follows the misadventures of arch-criminal Gru who is planning the biggest caper ever. He's planning on stealing the moon!

Helping him achieve his nefarious goal is an army of goggle wearing, thumb shaped, yellow creatures who attempt, but often fail, to carry out Gru's every whim. Like any decent army, they are well armed with an assortment of ray guns - including one that shrinks things and another that freezes things, and with a plethora of exotic vehicles that can easily make the transition from traveling on the ground to becoming airborne.

Everything appears to be on track for Gru to steal the moon, until his plans are upset by the appearance of Margo, Edith, and Agnes. Three little, orphaned girls who have decided that Gru should be their new daddy - without bothering to ask his permission before crowning him with the mantel of fatherhood. What is an evil genius to do? You'll have to read or listen to this book to find out!

>From beginning to end, Despicable Me is an all-out fun book that will delight the young and the young at heart. It is a story that was made even funnier by Tim Curry's reading of this enjoyable novel. Oh, and did I mention that Gru also has an arch-enemy who would just love to knock him off and take over his army of yellow minions? Can Gru stop this, steal the moon, and deal with the three girls all at the same time? I hope that the movie is half as fun as the book!!!


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