Perhaps one of the most unique and fascinating books I’ve ever read. You have to read it for yourself to understand.

Dylan Tuet (Twitter)

Inside the Villains


Explore the insides of villains—a book for kids that allow you to pull their innards and look behind their ears; see their strengths and weaknesses, their libraries and stories.

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  • Description

    Lift the flaps to see the devilish tricks inside each villain’s head, what’s beneath their disguise, who was the victim of their last meal (now comfortably settled inside their stomach!).
    Read all about each villain on their personality card, which shows strengths and weaknesses, favourite pastimes, physical characteristics, their best meal and—of course—their favourite books.
    This exquisitely produced book is like no other: a celebration of story that’s full of humour and detail, to mesmerise readers of all ages.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year, 6-8 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Bob’s Book Blog (NZ)

      Superb for juniors to play with and get to know the beauty of a book, believe me they need to know.

    2. The Little Bookroom (AUS)

      An amazing book of lift the flap and pull the tab fun perfect for fairy tale adventurers aged 5 and over. Learn all you need to know about the inner workings of the Wolf, the Witch and the Giant as you lift flaps and pull strings and levers to find out who or what they’ve eaten, how they think, and what dastardly plans they have in store.

    3. Otago Daily Times (NZ)

      This is a fun, subversive and highly original offering bound to delight adults and children alike.

    4. charlie_moons_bookclub

      Ohhhh this book is wow, just absolutely wow. Only 3 pages long but so much is crammed in, it’s so intricate. There are so many moving parts and layers, such a special book. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it!

    5. Page of Joy Bookshop

      This is a stunning work of art. Each villain is beautifully illustrated by Clotilde Perrin and the lift flaps and pop out sections are delicately created.

    6. Inspiring Young Minds (UK)

      I’ve never seen anything EVER like it before!! When I first discovered ‘Inside The Villains’ it was only published in French but that didn’t stop me, it was to be love at first sight! It has this mystical presence that I can’t quite describe and it’s beautiful illustrations with interactive art are out of this world!

    7. Lancashire Evening Post

      Open up the giant’s jacket to find a pocketful of knives and a sack full of his treasure, open up the wolf’s tummy to find poor grandma and find the kitten hidden in the witch’s little handbag. And if the wolf bites your fingers while you are reading, you can always pull his tail! Tug on the strings and levers, lift the flaps, and take a close look at some of the removable items hidden inside the characters’ clothing as you get to know the villains better than you had ever imagined possible. Funny, inventive and truly original, this is a thrilling journey of discovery for readers of all ages…

    8. Alice McLauren (twitter)

      My youngest’s new favourite bedtime book, Inside the Villans from geckopress. Gorgeous and gruesome in equal measure.

    9. Avid Bookshop

      You really must open up INSIDE THE VILLAINS by Clotilde Perrin.

    10. Shelf Awareness

      Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin is a handsome literary and visual package that invites exploration with the fingers, the eyes and the imagination

    11. London Review Bookshop

      Have you had a look inside INSIDE THE VILLAINS yet? ⁣

      It’s a tell-all account of three of literature’s greatest baddies (the Wolf, the Giant and the Witch), with more flaps to lift than you can shake a stick at. ⁣

      The perfect gift for fans of The Jolly Postman series.

    12. Book of the Week, Volume Bookstore (NZ)

      This large-format, gorgeous, beautifully produced interactive picture book features the best villains of fairy tales – the giant, the witch and the wolf – each with both a story and exceptional lift-the-flaps revealing the inner workings and hidden goings-on of these most compelling characters.

    13. Drop Bear Book Review

      Consider us mind blown by this incredibly intricate, endlessly fascinating insight into three infamous storybook villains.

    14. Let’s talk Picture BookT

      The images have a very sinister and mischievous feel to them, evoking the naughty tone of much older children’s books like Heinrich Hoffman’s Struwwelpeter. The large trim size adds to the novelty feeling of experiencing the book, especially for the first time, and overall the book is an amazing amount of fun.

    15. Publishers Weekly (US)

      In delicate interactive paper flaps within a wonderfully oversize book, Perrin explores the true characters of three archetypal villains: a wolf, a giant, and a witch.

    16. Travis Jonker, The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Children’s Books of 2018

      Why It’s Unconventional: Just when you think the iconic fairytale villains have been dissected in every sort of retelling, Inside the Villains literally dissects them. Featuring flaps and foldouts that allow readers to explore their guts, and ultimately, their souls.

    17. Kirkus Starred Review (US)

      Readers tantalized by the wolf’s list of strengths and flaws and a full version of “The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats” beneath the gatefold opposite can peel aside his pelt. readers tantalized by the wolf’s list of strengths and flaws and a full version of “The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats” beneath the gatefold opposite can peel aside his pelt. Splendid introductions, chock-full of villainous revelations and insights both figurative and literal

    18. Dylan Tuet (Twitter)

      Perhaps one of the most unique and fascinating books I’ve ever read. You have to read it for yourself to understand.

  • Reviews

    1. World Kid Lit Month (US)

      This book of fairytale baddies is a treasure to behold and kept me, the seven and the four year old busy for most of a morning on the sofa.

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