Non-Fiction Shortlist - The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2023

The Lollies shortlist 2023

We’re very excited to announce the Lollies shortlist for 2023! Our judges had a tough time choosing just four books per category, so we hope you are excited to read the shortlisted books and vote for your favourites.

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British Museum: So You Think You've Got it Bad? A Kid's Life in the Aztec Age
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So You Think You’ve Got it Bad? A Kid’s Life in the Aztec Age by Chae Strathie and Marisa Morea

Part of Nosy Crow’s list of publishing in collaboration with the British Museum and developed in consultation with one of the world’s leading experts on the Aztecs.

A kid’s life in the Aztec Age might sound like fun, what with all that brilliant sunny weather and exciting festivals, but actually life for kids could be pretty hard. In this hilarious book, written by award-winning author Chae Strathie, children will learn just how tough life really was, from being jabbed by cactus spikes to snacking on maggots… and even wearing jaguar skins!

Probably the first book about the Aztec Age that involves wedgies and skateboards, this is a must read for kids with a passion for horrible history! Brought to life with rich, humorous illustrations by super-talented Marisa Morea.

Corpse Talk: Dead Good Storytellers
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Corpse Talk: Dead Good Storytellers by Adam and Lisa Murphy

Meet the most spectacular storytellers of all time, and read comics adaptations of their greatest works! Adam and Lisa Murphy’s award-winning series of graphic novels continues, in this captivating celebration of authors and their finest fiction.

Both keen and reluctant readers will be enticed by the graphic novel adaptations, as each scintillating story is retold over just four pages. From Jane Eyre to The Count of Monte Cristo, War and Peace to the poetry of Rumi, the stories are retold through rich, atmospheric graphic art, sure to engross and excite young readers. Adam also interviews each author in tell-alls which are equal parts inspiring and funny, as the Corpse Talk chat show brings the dead famous to life.

Superb storytellers and their best works retold – all in the inimitable Corpse Talk style!

Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between
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A Day in the Life of a Caveman, a Queen and Everything In Between by Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley

A colourful and comical tour through history from cartoonists Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley.

The hilarious minds behind A Day in the Life of a Poo, a Gnu and You have teamed up once again – this time to give a taste of the daily lives of the people, animals and objects who made history.

Featuring a day in the life of early humans as they paint mammoths on the walls of a cave, a fierce gladiator battling in the Colosseum and the first woman in space. And not forgetting the animals of history – from an Egyptian cat (worshipped as a god, of course) to an albatross flying over Rapa Nui and a dog in the trenches of the First World War.

Readers can also discover the stories behind famous constructions, including the Great Wall of China and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and delve into the secret diaries of a Viking, Isaac Newton’s cat and the wooden panel that became the Mona Lisa.

With over 90 entries told in the friendly, informative style of Mike Barfield and brought to life by Jess Bradley’s brilliantly funny illustrations, this book will have children learning and laughing as they go.

Unleash Your Creative Monster:
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Unleash Your Creative Monster: A Children’s Guide to Writing by Andy Jones and Olaf Falafel

In the pages of Unleash Your Creative Monster, budding writers will sink their teeth into story basics, essential writing tools and the hidden secrets of the wordsmith. Including top tips on finding inspiration, how to keep a story moving and beating writer’s block, this essential guide has everything you need to unleash your creative monster.

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