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Create your own villain and WIN!

To celebrate Ryan Hammond's villainously funny illustrated series, Villains Academy, we asked children to create their own villain for a chance get their character illustrated by Ryan and featured on their very own National Book Token.


A shortlist of 30 fantastic villains, including runners-up, were sent to Ryan Hammond and the overall winner is...  9-year-old Amelia, with Lightning Lily!


Villains of the Week


Congratulations to 7-year-old Elizabeth!



Congratulations to 10-year-old George!



Congratulations to 9-year-old Amelia!


The winner received:

Gift card

  • A signed copy of Villains Academy by Ryan Hammond
  • A illustration of their villain drawn by Ryan
  • A £50/€50 National Book Token, featuring their villain
  • Villains Academy bookmark and poster

3 runners-up aka Villains of the Week each received a signed copy of the book and were announced every week on social media until the end of the competition.

Villains Academy

About Villains Academy by Ryan Hammond

Welcome to Villains Academy – the most prestigious villain school in the ENTIRE land. You will either leave here as a fully-formed villain . . . or in tatters.

It's werewolf Bram’s first day at Villains Academy. He really doesn’t feel like a villain at all, but the coveted Villain of the Week trophy is up for grabs, and Bram knows he’ll have to dig deep. With the help of new friends Mona the elf-witch, Bryan the lion, Shelia the ghost and Tony the skeleton, can Bram find his inner badness and become the villain he's always dreamed of being?

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