Blue Peter Book Award 2015 Winner for Best Book with Facts: author Andy Seed
Published on: 5 Mawrth 2015
Congratulations! Children voted for The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff as their favourite Best Book with Facts. How does it feel to win the Blue Peter Book Award?
It feels amazing, wonderful and great all at the same time: gramazeful, to be precise! It's especially pleasing that the book was chosen by children because it was written for them, after all. I've always been a big fan of Blue Peter too, so that makes it even better!
Would you like to say anything to the children who voted for The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff as their favourite?
Yes. Children, you are very, very nice people! But really, I would like to thank every child who voted for The Silly Book because I know it's not easy to decide when there are three really good books.
This year the winners are both books with illustrations. What do you think is so likeable about the combination of illustrations and words?
I think it's that old business of the double-act: you know, Laurel and Hardy, fish and chips, Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake, Tom and Jerry, Strawberries and cream... when two things really work together well something special results. With books, the words inspire wonderful pictures and fantastic pictures help to bring alive the words. I think Scott Garrett's funny illustrations for The Silly Book are perfect!
Both winners this year are also really funny books (that's laugh out loud, fall off your chair, hilariously funny according to the children who voted!) Can you tell us your favourite joke?
Doctor, doctor, I've just swallowed a mouth organ!
It's a good job you don't play the piano.
What are you working on next?
As well as The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff and the Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Things to Do, I have just finished a third book in the series. It's called The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words and it's a collection of wordplay including jokes, riddles, games, wacky words, punny poems, nutty names and impossible tongue-twisters. It will be published in June.
Check out Andy's book
Andy Seed, Illustrated by Sarah Horne
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