Re: What are your favorite children’s books.
Treasure Island is such a great one. Long John Silver is a monumental character in his smooth deception and ruthless murdering - perhaps the finest villain in literature, children's or adult's.
(Does adult literature allow villains? Richard III is a kind of grand villain, as is Macbeth or Iago, but they seem dated, too. Gone Girl? Robert Cohn in "The Sun Also Rises?" Geoffrey Clifton in "The English Patient"? There's a bit-player villain in "Cold Mountain". And "The Handmaid's Tale" makes a kind of villainess of the wife. "Schoolteacher" in "Beloved" is perhaps the archetype of villains in the modern novel - bleached out by the banality of evil, a nasty cog in a nasty machine too big for any one person's malign ambitions. Ah! I have it. Ronald Merrick in "The Raj Quartet" is just the twisted sort that a modern novel can really use as a villain.)