January 19th, 2018

laugh out loud book awards 2017

Yesterday's Laugh Out Loud Book Awards were a very glitzy affair! I thought it was just going to be the standard thing where Michael Rosen says a few words, they pass out the awards and maybe show a bit of video material. But no, it was a big amazing variety show! Here's my picture book writer Alan MacDonald with a giant version of our shortlisted book, The Prince of Pants.

the prince of pants

And check out the venue! I'd never even heard of the Troxy, a glorious old Art Deco theatre near Limehouse station. These awards are a big deal; the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards, or 'Lollies' took over when the Roald Dahl Funny Prize was discontinued, celebrating the funniest children's books. And while lots of grownups like to talk about books that make them cry, when surveyed, kids overwhelmingly have said that they want to read books that make them laugh.

troxy theatre

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the prince of pants at chestnuts primary school

Last week my picture book co-creator Alan MacDonald and I visited Chestnuts Primary School in Tottenham, north London as part of the run-up to the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards ceremony. (It's always great to have an excuse to hang out with Alan!)

Two fab publicists from Scholastic UK, Bea Fitzgerald and Kate Graham came along with us and wrote up our event on their blog, which you can read here!


Big thanks to the school's excellent librarian, Tanya Efthymiou, who organised an enthusiastic welcome team for us!

Click here to see photos from the Lollies award ceremony!