The Very Bad Book

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The Very Bad Book
Author Andy Griffiths
Illustrator Terry Denton
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication date
31 August 2010
Pages 174
ISBN 978-0-330-42565-0
Preceded by The Bad Book
Followed by The Super Bad Book
(expected in 2011)

The Very Bad Book is a 2010 book of short stories for children written by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton. The Very Bad Book is the sequel to The Bad Book that Griffiths and Denton published in 2004. Griffiths has announced plans to release a third title in the series, The Super Bad Book, in 2011.[1]


Much like its predecessor, The Bad Book, which turned standard children's fairy tales and nursery rhymes on their head by rewriting them as the "bad" version, this book contains a number of tales that are "very bad". The characters are very bad, the illustrations are very bad, and the poems and jokes are all very bad, all with the aim of delighting the children (and their parents) who will read this book. There are 51 stories, poems, jokes, etc. in all.


The Logan Reporter called The Very Bad Book "... actually very good",[2] noting that the trepidation some parents might feel at introducing their children to such bad characters is unfounded as the book makes clear through its absurdity that these characters are bad and not to be emulated.


  1. ^ "Andy Griffiths: News and Events". Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Triggell, Kylie (13 September 2010). "Very Bad book actually very good". The Reporter (Logan, Victoria, Australia). 

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