Kid’s Book Review: How to Win the Gruesome Games

Kid’s Book Review: How to Win the Gruesome Games

About the Book and Author / Illustrator

Once a year the five original founders of Villains Academy rise from their graves in honour of the Gruesome Games – a school sports day unlike any other, where the aim is to prank and cheat your way to the finish line.

Werewolf Bram and his friends the Cereal Killers are determined to win so their names can be written in the Book of Bad, a record of the most wicked villains to grace the school. But as the games become harder and the pranks get out of hand, are Bram and his friends bad enough to go down as the most victorious villains in history?

Ryan Hammond author

Ryan Hammond grew up in leafy Sheffield, surrounded by nature and bad influences. By day he is a children’s book designer and by night he is a secret villain, hiding snacks and defeating his nemesis’ one at a time. Either that, or busy being an author-illustrator. He currently lives in a haunted house, surrounded by lots and LOTS of books and identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

He likes cute animals, quirky characters and representing everyone that feels like they are different or weird. His aim is to make sure children enjoy reading for the fun of it and that his characters are reflective of the world we live in – even those with villainous streaks. He is yet to be convinced that bad characters are not the best.

Here’s a review of the first book in the Villains Academy series by Ryan.

Book Review

It is brilliant! I laughed a lot

Villains Academy is an action packed book that I could not put down from the minute I opened it. It is brilliant!

The story is about 5 monsters who compete against other teams to try and be the baddest of the lot. These monsters are very funny, determined and adventurous. The monsters take part in 3 terrible tasks in which they give it their all and yet they do not succeed in the end.

My favourite part of the story is when the monsters take part in the first task because it is a silly task where they have to race to get breakfast. Whilst they do this the school chefs throw pancakes at them to stop them getting their first. This made me laugh a lot.

I really like the skeleton called Tony or Skelotony because he reminds me of Halloween and his name is funny.

The 3D illustrations are well drawn and cute and I love the tips of how to draw the characters at the end of the book.

The writer uses lots of humour in this adventure book and I can’t wait to read the other two books in the series. I would definitely recommend this super book to my friends and my Mummy.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Oscar
  • Age: 7 years
  • Likes: Apples, football and chess
  • Dislikes: Broccoli and spiders
  • Favourite Book: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • Favourite Song: Fields of Gold by Sting
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets