Favourite villains in Children's Books

Elaina Ryan’s top picks

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracy Corderoy, illustrated by Steven Lenton (age 2+)

The Bad Seed by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith,

Isabelle and the Crooks by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Chris Mould

Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen (age 3+)

The Bad Guys (series) by Aaron Blabey (age 5+)

The Witches by Roald Dahl

An Féileacán Agus An Rí le Máire Zepf, maisithe ag Shona Shirley McDonald (8+)

Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good by Louie Stowell (age 8+)

Frankenstiltskin by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Freya Hartas (age 8+)

Mr Spicebag by Freddie Alexander, illustrated by Helen O’Higgins (age 8+)

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (12+)

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking series) by Patrick Ness (YA)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA)

Tracy McEneaney’s top picks

Farmer Duck –by Martin Waddell

The Harry Potter Series - has a host of really good baddies!

Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon

Just William by Richmal Crompton

Mr Gum by Andy Stanton

Dirty Bertie by Alan McDonald

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Burping Bertha by Michael Rosen

Roald Dahl also has LOADS of good villains – The Witches features the Grand High Witch, Matilda has Miss Trunchbull, The Twits and in James and the Giant Peach we meet Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman features the baddie Mrs Coulter

101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith has the memorable Cruella De Ville

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis gives us the White Witch

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy gives us Mrs Hardbroom.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (12+)

Mega Monster and Demon Dentist by David Walliams

Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant and Maleficent Seven