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The droll dozen short-listed for the Lollies: Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2022




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes weekly for the Indie about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2022 (the Lollies) celebrates the best and funniest children’s books in the UK and Ireland, voted for by children. The short list has been announced and voting is now open. For more information visit www.shop.scholastic.co.uk/lollies. Here is the short list to laugh along with…

Picture Books

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101409)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101409)

Octopus Shocktopus by Peter Bently and Steve Lenton

When a giant octopus arrives, the children LOVE their new friend; he makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football. But some of the grown-ups aren't so pleased. Will they drive him away – or will they realise just how helpful an octopus can be? A warm and witty rhyming story about welcoming newcomers. Sunglasses at the ready, this book has zingy fluorescent ink on the cover and inside illustrations.

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101399)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101399)

Never Show a T-Rex a Book by Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Diane Ewen

What would happen if you showed a T-Rex a book? Well, she wouldn't know what to do with it... would she? A madcap, super-silly adventure story rooted in the transformative power of books, created by incredible new picture-book duo Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Diane Ewen.

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101407)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101407)

101 Bums by Sam Harper and Chris Jevons

Bums in the jungle, bums in the town.

Bums in the treetops, hanging upside down.

Bums in the farmyard, bums in the park.

Lots of teeny-tiny bums, glowing in the dark!

Featuring an array of animal bums – from little to large and everything in between – this brilliantly silly picture book is sure to get children giggling. Just follow the bouncy read-aloud rhyme, then get ready to join in with the jiggly wiggly dance finale!

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101413)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101413)

I’m Not a Mouse! by Evgenia Golubeva

Olivia really doesn’t like her nickname – mostly because it gets her into some sticky situations. How can she persuade her mom to stop using it? A hilarious look at the affectionate names we give the ones we love, with an interesting angle on identity and self-assurance.

Books for 6- to 8-year-olds

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101395)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101395)

Wigglesbottom Primary: Break-time Bunnies by Pamela Butchart

All is chaos in Year 2! An unexpected visitor, a bewitched violin and an invasion of bunnies. What can it all mean?

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101393)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101393)

Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark by Katie and Kevin Tsang

Sam Wu is not afraid of anything. Except for quite a lot of things. Like ghosts. Sharks, too. And also the dark. So when Sam goes camping in the woods with his friends and cousin Stanley, who knows what scary kind of things they’ll face?

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101411)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101411)

Anisha, Accidental Detective: School’s Cancelled by Serena Patel and Emma McCann

Anisha can't wait to show off her volcano project at the science fair... and maybe win the prize trip to the national space centre. But when the volcano explodes and floods the school, Anisha is disqualified. It's so unfair, because it wasn't her fault. Can Anisha, her best friend Milo, a pet rat and a high-school vlogger catch the culprit?

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101401)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101401)

Cats React to Science Facts by Izzi Howell

Share in the wonderment of science with a crew of crazy cats and measure your amazement, awe and disgust alongside their furry feline faces. Like every topic, science becomes more interesting when cats are involved. Cats React to Science Facts is an engaging and fun way to understand the world of science. It's just purr-fect! A vast cast of feline friends takes us on a tour of the core areas of science, from outer space and the human body to forces and materials. Bite-size text, fun photos, diagrams, dollops of humour and a 'react-o-meter' all help to make science memorable and fun to learn.

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101391)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101391)

Books for 9- to 13-year-olds

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties by Humza Arshad & Henry White

Humza Khan is the greatest 11-year-old rapper Eggington has ever known: he is Little Badman and he is destined to be rich and famous. But when Humza's music teacher is taken ill, his dreams are put on hold.

His auntie has stepped in as substitute, and nobody seems to care about the unorthodox teaching because of the endless sweet treats. As other teachers start to disappear, with more aunties appearing in their place, Humza knows something isn't right.

With the help of his elderly uncle and friends Umer and Wendy, Humza discovers that the suspicious aunties might not be as friendly as they seem. Now he must find a way to destroy them before they take over the world...

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101397)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101397)

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

Freddie Yates likes facts. Just not the one staring him in the face – that his secret plan is not, in fact, secret. Because, Freddie's journey wasn't meant to involve Big Trev and the onion-eating competition or the loo-exploding pear-and-potato turnovers. And Freddie definitely didn't expect to end up with his two best friends on national television in a super-girl costume.

But journeys never take you where you think they will. And for Freddie, that fact might just have to be enough...

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101405)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101405)

Kay’s Anatomy by Adam Kay

Do you ever think about your body and how it all works? Like really properly think about it? The human body is extraordinary and fascinating and, well... pretty weird. Yours is weird, mine is weird, your maths teacher's is even weirder.

This book is going to tell you what's actually going on in there and answer the really important questions, like: Are bogeys safe to eat? Look, if your nose is going to all that effort of creating a snack, the least we can do is check out its nutritional value. (Yes, they're safe. Chew away!)

And... how much of your life will you spend on the toilet? About a year – so bring a good book. (I recommend this one.)

So sit back, relax, put on some rubber gloves and let a doctor take you on a poo- and puke-filled tour of your insides. Welcome to Kay's Anatomy*.

*a fancy word for your body. See, you're learning already.

Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101403)
Laugh Out Loud shortlist (51101403)

Zombierella by Joseph Coelho

A yellow moon hangs in a satin sky the night Cinderella, barefoot and in hand-me-downs, slips at the top of the stairs – and dies. But not for long…

The Shadow of Death arrives to breathe life back into her bones and, for three nights only, Cinderella goes forth as Zombierella. With her skin as cold as ice and her faithful horse, Lumpkin, back by her side, can she seek revenge on her three cruel, fake sisters once and for all?

Crawl out of the grave and step into your mushroom carriage for this haunting and humorous adventure of the undead girl searching for her happily ever after.



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