Bad Guy: A Cover Reveal


(Simon Kids, 2017)

Bad guys are smart. Bad guys are crafty. But being a bad guy can have consequences…

Inspired by a rule at her kids’ preschool (“no bad guys on the playground”), Hannah Barnaby’s story explores the highs and lows of life as a villain.

I am so excited to bring you this first look at a bad guy. And that cat! Bad Guy will be available for everyone on the playground in 2017.

Hannah Barnaby is the author of two young adult novels, WONDER SHOW and SOME OF THE PARTS, and makes her picture book debut with BAD GUY. Hannah is a former children’s book editor, indie bookseller, and baby wrangler. She is extremely well-behaved (most of the time) and she teaches creative writing in Charlottesville, VA where she lives with her family. Her favorite bad guy is Maleficent.

Hannah’s website // Twitter

Mike Yamada is a concept designer, illustrator, and design consultant based in Pasadena, California. Mike has contributed to the development of many feature animations, including Puss in BootsKung Fu Panda 2,How to Train Your Dragon, and Big Hero 6. He is the author-illustrator of Cool Cat Versus Top Dog, as well as the illustrator of Bedtime Blastoff and Kai to the Rescue. Learn more at

Do you have a favorite bad guy? Mine is Miss Trunchbull.