Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, recently announced the shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies), a set of awards, now in its second year, created by Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.
The Lollies were created in response to findings from Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report. The report found that two-thirds of children aged 6-17 looked for ‘books that made them laugh’ when choosing books for themselves.
Having long championed humorous books for children Michael said:
“This is a collection of 12 whizzy, crazy, hilarious books. They are guaranteed to tickle. Parents and teachers wondering how to keep your children interested in reading, why not start here?
And you can always start them off by reading them out loud – funny voices an’ all!”
Michael and his judging panel made up of Nicolette Jones, journalist and Sunday Times Children’s Book Editor and Katie Thistleton, presenter and host of the CBBC Children’s Book Club, were tasked with making the selected shortlist from over 130 books submitted by children’s publishers.
The Lollies are awarded in three categories: Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book, Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8s and Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13s. The shortlisted books in each category are as follows:
Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book
- Oi Dog by Kes Gray and Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Books)
- Eat Your People by Lou Kuenzler and David Wojtowycz (Orchard Books)
- Prince of Pants by Alan Macdonald and Sarah McIntyre (Scholastic)
- Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton and Neal Layton (Hodder Children’s Books)
Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8-year-olds
- Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake and Martin Chatterton (Firefly Press)
- Hamish and the Neverpeople by Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler (Simon and Schuster)
- Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up by Simon Cherry (Usborne)
- Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms by Jim Smith (Egmont)
Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13-year-olds
- I Don’t Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal (Bloomsbury)
- The Best Medicine by Christine Hamil (Little Island Books)
- My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons and Laura Ellen Anderson (Nosy Crow)
- AniMalcolm by David Baddiel and Jim Field (Harper Collins)
We were sent three books from the shortlist – Thimble Monkey Superstar, AniMalcolm and Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms and Nathan has loved reading them all. His favourite by far is AniMalcom by David Baddiel. Here is a video if him reading one of his favourite bits – it made him laugh because it was talking about “poo” – what is it with boys and disgusting things that make them laugh so much?
Voting is open to teachers and their pupils, parents and children via the Lollies website, www.scholastic.co.uk/lollies
, or via the Scholastic channel on the PopJam app.
The winning books will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in January 2018.