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Poetry collection wins 'Lollies'

14th Feb 20


A poetry collection, I Bet I Can Make You Laugh by Joshua Seigal and Tim Wesson, has won the Laugh Out Loud Awards ('The Lollies'), an award created by publisher Scholastic to celebrate the funniest children's books.


The Lollies recognise and celebrate funny books, the importance of which was highlighted by the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report: UK Edition, which revealed that nearly two thirds of kids aged 6-17 chose 'books that make me laugh' to read for pleasure.

The award remains one of the few prizes where children's votes alone decide the winners.

The Lollies were 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 winners were selected from a shortlist drawn up by a panel of judges, including head judge Michael Rosen. Teachers and their classes, parents and children were then encouraged to get involved to read and discuss the books and cast their vote for their favourite in each category to determine the winning titles. Teachers were able to cast votes online on behalf of their class, and children were also able to vote via the PopJam app.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London, hosted by Radio 1 Chart Show host, Katie Thistleton. The audience was entertained by live performances from Julia Donaldson and friends, Michael Rosen and Capital Radio Breakfast Show hosts, Roman Kemp and Vick Hope.

The winners are:

Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book

Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson and Tor Freeman (Andersen Press)

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds

The World's Worst Children 3 by David Walliams and Tony Ross (HarperCollins)

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year olds

I Bet I Can Make You Laugh by Joshua Seigal and Tim Wesson (Bloomsbury Education)


Judge Michael Rosen said, "Funny books are a fantastic springboard into reading for pleasure for all children, that's why the Lollies Book Awards are so important. The prize is unique in that winners are selected by children themselves, and as such holds up a mirror for what they are looking for in books and what they really want to read."

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The shortlisted books in each category were:

Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book:

Baby's First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley and illustrated by Stephen Collins (Bloomsbury)
Spyder by Matt Carr (Scholastic)
Ten Fat Sausages by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Tor Freeman (Andersen Press)
You're Called What?! by Kes Gray and illustrated by Nikki Dyson (Macmillan)

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8 year olds:

Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser by Sophy Henn (HarperCollins)
The Legend of Kevin by Philip Reeve and illustrated by Sarah McIntyre (OUP)
The Nothing to See Here Hotel by Steven Butler and illustrated by Steven Lenton (Simon and Schuster)
World's Worst Children 3 by David Walliams and illustrated by Tony Ross (HarperCollins)

Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13 year olds:

I Bet I Can Make You Laugh by Joshua Seigal and illustrated by Tim Wesson (Bloomsbury)
I Swapped My Brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons and illustrated by Nathan Reed (Bloomsbury)
Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes by Greg James and Chris Smith, and illustrated by Erica Salcedo (Bloomsbury)
Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson and illustrated by Chris Judge (OUP)


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