Michael Rosen, novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies!) and its looking great!
Now in its second year the Lollies was created by Scholastic to celebrate the funniest children’s books around. Michael Rosen is known for championing fun books and poems and said of the shortlist: “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!”
The judging panel consisted of Michael Rosen himself, Nicolette Jones (Sunday Times Children’s Book Editor) and Kate Thistleton (CBBC Children’s Book Club host). Who were tasked with creating a shortlist from over 130 books submitted by children’s publishers. The shortlist contains four books 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 are:
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)
The winning books will be chosen by children and Scholastic want schools and parents to get involved and help them have their voice. You can vote on behalf of your child now via the Lollies Website or via the Scholastic Channel on the PopJam app.
The Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in January 2018. Keep your eyes pealed for reviews of the shortlisted picture books coming your way in the next few months on Readaraptor! and get voting now!