We are very excited to announce that Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, co-creators of veggie-hero, Supertato have been shortlisted for the best laugh out loud picture book award this year, for the brilliant I need a wee!
The Lollies book award, launched by Scholastic, celebrates and recognises the funniest new children’s books (the LOL stands for… yes you guessed it - ‘laugh out loud’!) and filling a gap left from The Roald Dahl book prize which closed in 2013.
In an article by The Guardian, Head Judge and former Children’s laureate, Michael Rosen says, “funny books never win the awards… even though they have as important a role to play as the wonderful serious books. I’m over the moon that it was possible to revive a funny books award!” Read the full article here.
We are so delighted that Sue and Paul have been nominated for a book which is truly funny – whether you are 3 or 43, or older in fact, there is a lesson for us all in this very funny, yet cautionary tale! It’s a story all about those moments where you really need a wee, but you’re having far too much fun to go – and what if you miss out on something?! This happens to Alan the bear on a day out with his friends, but it becomes rather critical as Alan realises he can’t hold on for much longer and whenever he thinks he might be able to go… he can’t! The loo in Dolly’s house is too small, and he causes some upset at a tea party by mistaking a teapot for a tea-potty. Sue and Paul continue to produce the funniest childrens books I have read for quite some time and if you haven’t yet come across them, I urge you to – you’re missing out if not – no matter what age you are!
The cover of the shortlisted title (click on the image to buy a copy) and a collage made by Sue and Paul for our exhibition at The Bookseller children’s conference in September 2015.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with Sue and Paul at our Story time Sunday event, which we hold at The Bright Emporium each month. The energy they give is fantastic and inspiring – I could sit and listen to them reading their picture books all day - just comedy gold with brilliant artwork and voices to boot! If you’d like to know more, you can book your free place to our next story time here.
We wish Sue and Paul huge congratulations and cannot wait for the result!