Friday, July 9, 2010

Despicable Me: Sleepy Kittens Book Review & Awesome Giveaway

**** Dec 2010 Update - New Despicable Me Giveaway here (Ends 12/13/10): http://www.brimfulcuriosities.com/2010/11/despicable-me-prize-pack-giveaway.html ****


This might be a first! The book Sleepy Kittens, labeled "as seen in the film Despicable Me from Universal Pictures," is a movie tie-in title that is really and truly featured in the actual movie. Talk about amazing and clever product placement. I love it when characters in a movie read or discuss books. When Meg Ryan's character mentioned Noel Streatfeild's children's books in You've Got Mail, I sure wanted to read them all. I bet I wasn't the only one. The 3-D, animated comedy Despicable Me releases in theaters today (July 9th) and, yes, the board book with cute finger puppet kittens is in the movie.

Three little kittens loved to play. They had fun in the sun all day. Then their mother came out and said, "Time for kittens to go to bed!"


Sleepy Kittens (Despicable Me) by Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Illustrated by Eric Guillon; LB Kids (May 2010); ISBN 9780316083812; 10 pages; Board Book
Book Source: Review copy provided by publisher

In Sleepy Kittens, a pink mama cat announces that it is bedtime for her three chubby little kittens. The kittens have other ideas and try their best to stall the inevitable. Smart mama cat, not to be outdone, has a few tricks up her pink paw and lovingly soothes them to sleep. The short text is written in rhyming verse.

If you watch this movie trailer, about two minutes into the video the Sleepy Kitten book appears. Gru, the villain, is reading the book to the orphaned girls. Ok, ok...so the actual book isn't exactly the same as the one in the movie but it is pretty darn close. The three finger puppets are there but you don't manipulate them through holes like Gru does. And, the text isn't exactly the same either but still it is pretty cool that kids can actually read the story for themselves and interact with the finger puppet kittens. Kids can even make the kittens drink the milk out of the milk bowl, just like in the movie. My kindergarten-aged daughter thought the book was fun to play with and even made up her own story while operating the puppets. My toddler son isn't able to manipulate the puppets as well as his older sister but seems amused by this novelty. One thing I noticed -- the roly-poly kittens have such short little legs I'm surprised they can do anything but sleep! The three finger puppets, made out of flat, felt-like material, are glued into the back cover and cannot be removed.

Other LB Kids Despicable Me movie tie-in books include My Dad the Super Villain (picture book), The World's Greatest Villain (picture book) and Despicable Me: The Junior Novel.

Studded with stars like Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove, Julie Andrews, Despicable Me sounds like it is going to be plenty humorous. I'm not so sure I'm on board with the funny name, but I guess it kind of grows on you. I haven't seen the movie yet, but from what I can gather from the production notes, here's the basic plot: Gru is a super-villain of the most wicked, evil sort. He even has plans to steal the moon with the help of his little, yellow minions. He meets his match when three little orphaned girls end up at his door.


Related links:
Despicable Me Books: http://www.despicablemebooks.com
Official Movie Site: www.despicable.me
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DespicableMe
Twitter: @universalpics
Movie Trailer #6: http://www.youtube.com/despicablememovie#p/u/4/tikthjwNUBw

Thanks to LB Kids and Universal Pictures, Brimful Curiosities' readers can enter to win a Despicable Me Book Prize Pack.

One (1) Winner will receive:

* Sleepy Kittens
* My Dad the Super Villain
* The World’s Greatest Villain
* Despicable Me: The Junior Novel
* Despicable Me T-shirt
* Despicable Me pencil

To enter, leave any comment relevant to this post. Or, just for fun, on the topic of product placement and books in movies, have you ever read a book after seeing a character reading or discussing it in a movie?
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Thanks to Universal Pictures and LB Kids for providing a copy of Sleepy Kittens for review. I am an Amazon affiliate and may receive a very small commission for products purchased through my Amazon links. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

139 comments:

Bridget R. Wilson said...

Sleepy Kittens sounds like a great book. I saw the movie Inkheart before I read the book. I like the book more (It was so beautifully written that it took me 2 weeks to read it. Usually, I'm a fast reader.), but by reading it after seeing the movie I don't have as many objections to the film. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I never did see Inkheart...hmmmm.

Anyhoo, wanted to say hello since you stopped by about, oh, over a month ago!!!!! I took a little hiatus!

Katrina said...

My husband really enjoys watching movies like that one! I rarely read a book just because I saw on TV or in a movie....but I am open to reading anything so if it looked good I might read it.

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Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

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abfantom said...

I would love to win this for my daughter who loves to read.

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Denise S. said...

I think my kids would really enjoy these, especially after they see the movie.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

(Slightly off the subject, but about product placement...) My husband worked for Anheuser-Busch awhile back in one of their breweries. You would not believe the number of movies that have used the A-B LA brewery as a set (the new Star Trek movie, for example). Once you know what it looks like, it's crazy how often it shows up as different locations!

Shelly B said...

I love that kids can connect with this book through the movie or vice versa. It's pretty good marketing if you ask me. Great giveaway!

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Jill said...

I wasn't too keen on the movie title either, but the more I read about it, it does make sense, and it sounds like it will be a good one to see :)

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Chip said...

My kids really want to see this movie.
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rubynreba said...

Great prize pack! The kitten book is so cute and any kid would love the other books and prizes!
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ydsddd said...

This would make a great gift for a friend who has several kittens and they seem to be always sleeping when I visit

Sue said...

Great giveaway! I haven't read anything because I've seen it read, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't.

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i saw this movie. it was cute and quite amusing. i love that the kitten book is real even if it's changed a bit. how adorable! it's great when movies and other things mention books. I love it!

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mandala said...

Awesome giveaway! Sometimes if a movie is really nice, I end up reading the book but most of the time, I have read the book or read the book first :) Thanks for the chance!

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Amanda said...

We saw this movie and everyone in our family loved it! The prize pack looks wonderful and I'm so glad there's a sleepy kitten book!
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reg369 said...

Took the kids to see the movie today and they absolutely loved it! these books would continue the good times.

Bob Andelman said...

If you enjoyed the movie Despicable Me, you’ll probably enjoy this Mr. Media Radio interview with screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul. They also wrote Horton Hears a Who! and are working on an adaptation of The Lorax.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this prize pack for my kids! They would love it!
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p.s. books don't always translate well to movies - so many people were disappointed with what was done to the first Percy Jackson book.

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Tracysweetangl said...

Great prize pack! The kids enjoyed the movie.

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Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

We saw the movie this weekend, and I immediately wondered about the book (and the one that Gru writes to replace it). Will post and comment again!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win these books for my grandson. He'll love all the zany characters.- JD

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mogrill said...

I went back and read all the Narnia books after the movies came out.
Thanks for the chance.
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Danetta said...

Great giveaway! My son would love this!
I don't recall ever reading anything after seeing it in a movie, but ut does seem like a good way of advertising.
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Tabathia said...

I plan on taking kids to see the movie and one of the movies I can recall that I just seen was inkheart where he read the book and the characters came to life
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Terra H. said...

I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse book series after seeing True Blood on HBO. (Don't recommend it for the kids).
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Brandi said...

That looks like a great prize pack! My niece and nephew would love it, as my daughter is still way too young for some of those...

Lynn said...

I just saw this movie and that book was adorable! I am so excited that it's an actual book now. Thanks for a chance to win!
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ossmcalc said...

I love it that a super-villain meets his match with three little orphaned girls. Steve Carell is perfect for this character. I love the prize pack that is being offered. I would love to win it for my grandson.

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Anonymous said...

my kids are crazy about reading
any new books are welcome.

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Staci said...

We can't wait to see the movie, and I love that they've tied in a real book too! Such a great idea! I know there have been books we've searched out after seeing them on tv or in a movie. (Though at the moment, my memory seems to have left me, and I can't think of any of the titles!)
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GabbyLowe said...

I just took my kids to see this movie in 3D-It was really cute

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rsbryswrrl said...

I'd love to win. My son would love this!

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sweetsue said...

I read Gone With the Wind after hearing it mentioned on several movies.
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1stopmom said...

We loved this movie when we saw it. The minions are my favorite :)

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angjfuller said...

My kids love this movie and have seen it twice. They thought the Sleepy Little Kittens book was hilarious and I would love to surprise them with it.

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ohstac said...

What a cute tie-in to the movie. I plan on taking my nephew to see it over the weekend. I'm an avid reader so have read many books before they get turned into movies and of course the books are usually better!

allisonsbj3 said...

I love the commercial that features the scene with this book! I can't wait to see the movie

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Mystee said...

We do a lot of see a movie, then find a book...or read a book, then see the movie. I know my oldest daughter was really disappointed with the Vampire Diaries books, but loves the series because they haven't changed Elena.

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Hilary St. Laurent said...

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Riv Re said...

My sister (who's old enough to drive)is in love with Despicable Me. She'd love me forever if she had this...
Thanks for the contest!

amanda said...

My 5 year old is just starting to learn to read, and I bet she'd enjoy these new books. :)

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Alyce said...

It took me a minute to remember the kitties book from the movie - loved it! My kids would love these books!

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Mary said...

I took my daycare kids to see the movie and the kitty book is too cute but Gru's book was even better.

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flchen1 said...

How adorable! Our family is curious to see Despicable Me; we don't always go for the movies after we've read the book or vice versa, but it's fun when the kids want to explore one way or another!

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Linda Henderson said...

My grandkids want to go see Despicable Me, they like the minions. I'm sure we will take them soon.

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katscorner said...

My daughters favorite movie of the summer what a wonderful contest.
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Steph said...

I think all the Despicable Me books are fantastic. It seems alot of times books for the younger kids never come out following these great movies. Some of my fave books are Nemo, Toy Story, etc...my little ones enjoy reading and seeing books based on their favorite charaters boosts that.

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stacey said...

This is a great contest
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Hannah said...

My husband wants to see this movie! I think the Sleepy Kittens book sounds adorable and is one that I would love to add to my collection.

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Bingo said...

Since I have family in the film industry and a while back learned about the cost of product placement in films, I am very aware of it now and notice products as you see them appear throughout films and wonder about the cost to get them there. As for this prize, I would love to have it as a fairly new (3 month) grandma in charge of building my grandson's library (former reading teacher made me qualified)...and I usually read a book before seeing a movie as the book is 99% of the time better. Thanks for the chance to win
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Bingo said...

I am also a long time google friend connect follower

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Lissa said...

My kids would love that you could read the same book (almost) that they did in the movie!

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Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this movie! I read Jane Austen after seeing "The Jane Austen Book Club"!

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ellie said...

My two little guys saw the movie and loved it. They also love to read so I'd love to win for them. Thanks for the giveaway!
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paula michele said...

The kids and I read the series, Series of Unfortunate Events after we saw a preview of the movie.

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... said...

I'd love to win this for my kids, since we got tickets to the premiere of Despicable Me and then got turned away at the theater because they had too many people inside! Bummer.

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cowboyswife said...

I love that when movies come out and the kids want to read the book

Viva said...

This movie was great as was the Sleepy Kittens book in the movie. I hadn't realized it was a real book when seeing the movie. This would be the first book from a movie I'd read. Thanks!

Sandy said...

If you plan to see the movie and read the book be sure to see the movie first. Then you can visualize the characters and you aren't disappointed if some book scenes are left out.

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Kim said...

I think it is awesome that this film did this with Sleepy Kittens - what a great tie in. Anything to get kids into reading MORE!

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Anonymous said...

My kids really wanted to see this movies. I am taking them this weekend,
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Hotsnotty2 said...

I loved this movie! Very enjoyable, thanks for the chance!

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AEKZ2 said...

We have not seen Despicable Me yet, but we all want to. I like to read the book before seeing the movie because I find it more enjoyable that way.

amyd said...

watched wizard of oz and then had to have the book which was excellent&I read it often!
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Kimberley said...

I'm hopelessly smitten with the minions, so I'd love to win this!!

Many thanks for the giveaway!!

JACLYN said...

I want to see this movie this summer w/ my kiddos. The book My Dad the Super Villain looks like a fun read!
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ShesAnAngel said...

I am laughing cause that book Sleepy Kittens is in this package, it is so cute! When we saw the movie I didn't know it was a real book but I guess it is lol! I want it!

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dolphee said...

I gotta say after I saw E.T. I begged my Mom to buy me some Reeses's Pieces.

tina reynolds said...

my kids would love this we are planning on seeing the movie this weekend thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

MAC Mom said...

I have never read a book after it was in a movie. I saw this movie and did not relize that Sleepy Kittens was a real book. It was very cute in the movie.
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