Inside the Villains

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Internationally bestselling, oversized lift the flap book that reveals the secrets of the most famous fairytale villains.

Explore if you dare! Take a look inside and discover the villainous tricks inside the heads of an ogre, a wolf and a witch. Lift the flaps to find out what’s beneath their disguise and who was the victim of their last meal (now comfortably settled inside their stomach!).

This exquisitely produced large fold-out book is like no other: a celebration of story that’s full of humor and detail on every page, and has over 30 interactive elements that will mesmerize toddlers, pre-schoolers and independent readers.

Fold open the page to read all about each three villains on their personality card—their favorite pastimes, physical characteristics, their best meal and, of course, their favorite books. And on the other page, explore inside the villain by gently pulling the spiral innards of the wolf to see his last meal—children!—or watch how the witch transforms from good to bad with the lift of a flap on her crooked nose.

A multi-layered book with pop ups, flaps within flaps and multiple fold outs, Inside the Villains is the ultimate interactive gift book that will captivate children age 3 and up. A perfect book for Halloween or any child who enjoys fairytales.

Clotilde Perrin is an illustrator living in Strasbourg. Her other books include The House of Madame M and Inside the Suitcase.

Translated by Daniel Hahn.

Praise for Inside the Villains
“Splendid introductions, chock-full of villainous revelations and insights both figurative and literal.” —starred review, Kirkus

“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.” —Publishers Weekly

“A super size and simply super picture book.” —2018 Best Picture Books, New Zealand Herald

“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.” —London Review Bookshop

Praise for The House of Madame M
“The most, and best, (pop-up) haunted house in decades.” —starred review, Kirkus

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2018
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 12
Publication Date 2018-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV012040, JUV037000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.5 x 15.75
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Clotilde Perrin

Clotilde Perrin is an illustrator and author living in France. A graduate of the prestigious School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, she has published more than 30 books and is known for her intricate lift-the-flaps books.


  • Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year, Winner, 2018


Shelf Awareness

“A handsome literary and visual package that invites exploration with the fingers, the eyes and the imagination.”—Shelf Awareness

Publishers Weekly

“[A] wonderfully oversize book . . .”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Splendid introductions, chock-full of villainous revelations and insights both figurative and literal.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews