Maximillian Villainous Cover

illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow
Coming August 28, 2018 from Running Press Kids
Available wherever books are sold.

For anyone who loved Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, this is a humorous and important book about learning to follow your heart and proving that kindness can outweigh villainy any day.

Maximillian Villainous is a monster who doesn’t have the heart to be a villain. His famous family pulls pranks on the likes of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, and Max spends his time undoing them. So when he brings home a bunny to be his sidekick, Max’s disapproving mother hatches a plan. She challenges Max and the bunny to become a devious duo; otherwise . . . the bunny hops. If they want to stay together, Max and the bunny have no choice but to go against their nature. They blunder into villainy with comical effect until Max discovers that embracing his good heart may just be the key to pulling off the most devious deed of all and winning his family’s acceptance.

Delightfully fun and irreverent, Maximillian Villainous is an empowering story about embracing one’s true self and finding acceptance. Up and coming illustrator Lesley Breen Withrow brings the characters to life with bold and colorful illustrations in a style reminiscent of Richard Scarry.

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Maximillian Villainous Discussion and Activity Guide

Valentine’s Day Letter Writing Exercise

Easter Letter Writing Exercise

Maximillian Villainous Name Exercise


Maximillian Villainous Horn Hat Craft

Maximillian Villainous Make-A-Monster Portrait Craft

Maximillian Villainous Make-A-Monster Portrait Felt Board Activity


Music-Playing Bunnies

Bubble-Blowing Bunnies

Sign-Holding Bunnies