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Based on the animated film Despicable Me, from Universal Studios, this vibrant storybook pits aspiring villain Gru against his nemesis, who loves to steal Gru's thunder. Who will claim the title of "Top Villain" in this showdown?

©2011 Kristen Mayer (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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Despicable Me: Without all that Messy Fun Business

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

It's obviously meant for kids, but it doesn't strike me as a fun kids story, the way the movie was fun. It's like a badly written Cliff Notes version of Despicable Me, you get the gist of what happens (sort of) but all the humor charm and fun are squeezed out. Maybe it's for really, really busy people who don't have time to read or listen to an actual story...

Has Despicable Me: The World's Greatest Villain turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all, I have read and loved many children's books. They make a refreshing break from heavier and darker titles.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I wouldn't say this was a narration of the story, so much as a description of a few of the key plot elements. The narrator was fine as far as it went. It's like listening to someone explain a joke, they might get a basic idea across, but all humor has been lost in translation.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mainly, disappointment. It crtainly doesn't work as a stand alone story, and if I hadn't seen the movie, this would not make me at all interested in seeing it. So it's not even effective advertisement.

Any additional comments?

And where are the girls? Aside from a passing reference, they were nowhere to be found. Seems to me (and my young nieces) The three orphan girls, Margo, Edith and Agnes were important plotwise, and really the heart of the story, It's kind of like Scrooge wrote this adaptation.