Laugh Out Loud Book Awards shortlist

Badly Drawn Beth

We thought we'd use April's Funny Books month to have a laugh at the Lollies shortlisted books.

A bear in need of the toilet, a shy viking and a lonely slug make up the laughs on our Lollies list. So, chuckle, belly laugh and even RAOFL (roll around on the floor laughing) at our books perfect for ages 5-13. 

  • Badly Drawn Beth

    Author: Knife & Packer
    Publisher: Orchard
    Interest age: 8-12
    Reading age: 9+

    A comic/storybook crossover where hilarious heroine, Beth, charts her survival of school, friends (best and worst), the dreaded family barbecue and other natural disasters.

  • I Need a Wee!

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Alan the bear is having a fantastic time at the funfair until he starts dancing in that unmistakeable way and his friends have to help him find somewhere he can have a wee. But unfortunately there's nowhere to go, until Alan stumbles onto a stage and manages to win a most useful (and capacious) trophy.

  • Gracie Grabbit and the Tiger

    Author: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Alison Green Books
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Gracie's daddy, Bobby Grabbit is very naughty, because he steals things from other people. When they go to the zoo, he even steals from the people and the animals there! Fortunately, Gracie's there to put things right and make sure that Daddy sees he error of his ways - with the help of the Tiger!

  • Slug Needs a Hug

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Poor little slug never gets a hug from his mummy and he's starting to feel a bit sad about it, so he goes and asks all the other animals what he should do to be more appealing. They have plenty of suggestions, but nothing looks quite right - fortunately, in the end, mummy makes it clear that she loves slug just the way he is.

  • Thorfinn and the Awful Invasion

    Author: David MacPhail
    Publisher: Young Kelpies
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Thorfinn is possibly the nicest and politest Viking that ever lived, which is absolutely no good at all from the point of view of his dad, Chief Harald the Skull-Splitter, who wants him to Viking-up a bit more. So Harald decides to send Thorfinn to Scotland on a boat full of nasty smelly Vikings to toughen him up?

  • Wilf The Mighty Worrier Saves the World

    Author: Georgia Pritchett
    Publisher: Quercus
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Lots of things worry Wilf: peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of his mouth, stuffed animals, rollnecks and creepy crawlies with lots of legs. But one day, something worse than any of those things changes Wilf's life forever:

  • The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom

    Author: Jonny Duddle
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Nugget and her big brother Jim Lad Jolley-Rogers are off on an expedition with their pirate parents when they happen on the enchantingly dangerous Cave of Doom, and find themselves in a bit of a pickle.

  • The Parent Agency

    Author: David Baddiel
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    Barry Bennett has a long list of things he dislikes about his parents, but what if the tables were turned and children could choose their parents? What would Barry do?

  • Danger is Still Everywhere - Beware of the Dog

    Author: David O'Doherty Illustrator: Chris Judge
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    Docter Noel Zone is a Dangerologist, and he's here to tell you all about the dangers that exist in everyday life and how to avoid them - or, at least, recognise them, bubble wrap them and possibly most importantly of all, SAFBTB (Stay Away From Bins That Burp).

  • Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon

    Author: Pamela Butchart Illustrator: Gemma Correll
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    Petunia Perry is writing her memoir to fully explain why she's no longer friends with Cammy - and why, therefore, she and Cammy's band are unlikely to be the Next Big Thing.