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Lollies announcement

ShortlistThe Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017 are designed to celebrate the very funniest books in the world of children’s fiction and today, they’re very excited to be celebrating the shortlist announcement!

Having taken place for the first time last year, Scholastic set up the Lollies because they (and we!) believe funny books, and their authors and illustrators, are the beating heart of the children’s book world. There’s nothing quite like a funny book for creating lifelong, passionate readers.

The shortlist, which you can read for the first time below, features the Lollies judges’ twelve funniest reads, ranging from picture books up to books for 9-13 years. But now it’s where you come in – because the winners of the Lollies are decided entirely by teachers, parents and children. To start reading and voting for your favourites, go to www.scholastic.co.uk/lollies, and find out which books made the shortlist below!

Picture Books
Oi, Dog! by Kes Gray/Jim Field  Hodder Children's Books, Hachette
Frog's had enough, he's the changing the status quo! Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs.
Eat Your People by Lou Kuenzler/David Wojtowycz  Orchard Books, Hachette
A monstrously funny story of difficult dinnertimes will have children asking for seconds! Monty definitely does NOT want to eat his people. He'll eat his vegetables - every single one! - but he will not eat his people.
Prince of Pants by Alan Macdonald/Sarah McIntyre  Scholastic
It is Prince Pip's birthday, and he can't wait to choose a pair of pants to wear on his special day. But when he goes to his pants drawer, it's empty! Where have all his pants gone? Could it be that the palace has planned a very special, pants-tastic surprise party? A royally funny picture book by an award-winning duo, with glow-in-the dark undies on the final page.
Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton/Neal Layton  Hodder Children's Books, Hachette
Can a boy drink the sea? Surely it's impossible! But Danny McGee does just that - and now he has his sights on other things. Soon he's swallowing trees, flies, fleas, peas, mountains ... where will it end?!

6-8 years
Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake/Martin Chatterton Firefly Press
Life is never boring now that Jams and his family have a monkey to look after. Jams and his mum love Thimble, but Dad is determined to get rid of him - to a zoo, a school, even a demolition site. But when Jams and his dad are in mortal danger, Thimble proves once and for all why he is a Monkey Superstar! Thimble is very clever and very naughty - and just the best friend Jams has been waiting for.
Hamish and the Neverpeople by Danny Wallace/Jamie Littler   Simon and Schuster
Nobody knows it yet, but the people of Earth are in big, big trouble. Like - HUGE trouble. Oh, come on, where's your imagination? Double what you're thinking! And it's all got to do with a shadowy figure, an enormous tower, some sinister monsters, huge clanking and thundering metal oddballs, and people who are just like you… but not like you at all. Luckily Hamish and the PDF are around to help save the day! Aren't they??
Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up by Simon Cherry  Usborne Publishing

When Eddy Stone finds a pirate in his Gran’s bath, his miserable summer holiday turns into a treasure hunt!
Setting sail in a ship-shaped shed, crewed by an old lady and a grumpy penguin, what could possibly stop their quest for booty? (Apart from the world’s most evil shopkeeper, a man-eating beast, and the maddest, baddest villain in all the seven seas.) All aboard for an EPIC adventure...
Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms by Jim Smith  Jelly Pie, Egmont
When a bolt of lightning hit Colin Lamppost he was zapped millions of years into the future and turned into a half boy, half rat, half TV! With new superkeel powers and a real life sidekick in Not Bird, Future Ratboy was born.
In this new adventure, can Future Ratboy and Not Bird save Shnozville from the bitey little insects that are turning everyone into zombies? Will they defeat the evil Mr X? And how will they ever find their way home?

9-13 years
I Don't Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal  Bloomsbury Education
With poems on every topic from the power of books to the joys of fried chicken, this collection is packed with Joshua Seigal's subversive humour and insight into the world of children. If you don't like poetry after reading this, there's probably something wrong with you!
The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill  Little Island Books
Philip’s happy-go-lucky life is disrupted when his mother gets breast cancer. Bad enough that your mother is seriously ill – but could she not have developed a less embarrassing kind of cancer – toe cancer, maybe, or ear cancer? Philip’s attempts to cope with his situation are both hilarious and touching.  Through it all, he’s writing letters to his hero, the comedian Harry Hill, looking for advice.  A hilarious take on life, love, glasses – and medicine.
My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons/Laura Ellen Anderson  Nosy Crow
Luke’s brother, Zack, and friend, Lara, have superpowers. Luke has new school shoes and a burning sense of resentment. He KNOWS that aliens disguised as gym teachers are about to attack Earth but will anyone listen? No. So one dodgy pact with a self-styled supervillain later, and Luke is ready to save the world. He just needs to find his trainers…
AniMalcolm by David Baddiel/Jim Field  HarperCollins
Malcolm doesn’t like animals.  Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.
The only bright spot on the horizon is the Year Six school trip, which Malcolm never thought his parents would pay for. And yet there he is, on the bus, heading to… oh no. A farm. Over the next days, Malcolm changes. He learns a lot about animals. More, in many ways, than he would like. He learns what it’s really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact…It does make him think differently. And speak differently. And eat differently. And, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before? Because sometimes the hardest thing to become is… yourself.

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