Sunday afternoon and I have just got lost in the most extraordinary picture book
Inside the Villains by Clotilde Perrin (Gecko Press)
aimed at 5 to 8 year olds but I am WAY older than that!
This is a BIG FORMAT book that will just BLOW your cotton socks off it is so GOOD!
Open the book and you get inside three fairy tales villains:
For each villain you get fascinating facts.
For the wolf: strengths, weaknesses, top food, fears, favourite games, distinguishing features, physical attributes, favourite books
For each villain you get a beautifully written story.
For the wolf: The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats
For each villain you get a giant illustration that is utterly gorgeous and utterly special because you open up layers and layers with flaps.
For the wolf: open the wolf and you see their underwear, underneath that you pull a string and see what is in the wolf’s gut, open the head and you discover several layers of awesome ideas, lift the mouth and discover what they are eating!
Pull the springs
Pull the levers
This felt like the perfect book to set a holiday poem challenge.
write a poem that gets inside a fairy tale villain
we all have secrets inside us!
Villains might be a little bit bad and a little bit good.
Inside the villain you might find things they
love to do in spare time
their favourite place
their favourite adventure
their least favourite adventure
their favourite books
their best friend (do they have one?)
their weak spots
their secret dreams
Let your imaginations go roaming
Let your ears work hard listening to the words you pick
Let your eyes hunt for surprising things
Will your poem by short or long?
How many words will you play with on the line?
Read it aloud to someone before you send it to me
You might like to do a drawing or painting to go with your poem that you can scan and send to me too.
I LOVE this book so much I will buy a copy for one young poet and I will post some favourite poems.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Thursday October 11th
Please include: your name, age, year and name of school
So I don’t miss it: Put VILLAIN poem in subject line
I will post some favourites on Friday October 12th
Clotilde Perrin is an illustrator who lives in Strasbourg in France. Inside the Villains was first published in France. She has illustrated numerous books including At the Same Moment Around the World. [Paula: I want to track that book down it looks amazing!!!]
Gecko page here