Infographic: The 28 Naughtiest Children from Literature

bad-children-1Children’s books are often filled with mischief and mayhem, and of course naughty children. The kids in adult literature can be a whole lot naughtier and sometimes even pure evil.

The following infographic lists 28 of the naughtiest kids in literature. How many are you familiar with?


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. fahirsch5 April, 2016

    I would add Max und Moritz by Wilhelm Busch (in Gutenberg. With English translation in Amazon).
    And Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann (also in Gutenberg and Amazon)about horrid (and no so horrid) children.

  2. Henry Wood7 April, 2016

    I’ve just caught up with this post and my definite No. 1 nomination would go to Timothy Gedge in “The Children of Dynmouth” by William Trevor. He is a very disturbing presence right through the book.

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