Picture books 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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Agent Llama
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Agent Llama by Angela Woolfe and Duncan Beedie

Move over, Bond! There’s a new hero in town – Charlie Palmer: super spy and fluffy llama!

Charlie Palmer is a hotshot secret agent. Saving the world, fighting goons and looking cool while she does it is no big deal for her. Right now, she’s on a top-secret mission to rescue a pair of . . . UNDERPANTS! Gadgets ready? Sunglasses on? Watch out, baddies! No villain is a match for this AWESOME llama!

A hilarious and super stylish adventure from the incredible Angela Woolfe and Duncan Beedie. Perfect for fans of action-packed adventures like Supertato, Secret Agent Elephant and There’s a Superhero in your Book.

King's Birthday Suit
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The King’s Birthday Suit by Peter Bently and Claire Powell

King Albert-Horatio-Otto the Third had SO many clothes it was simply absurd …

So when two seemingly well-meaning fabric merchants promise to make an outfit of only the very BEST and most special cloth, King Albert-Horatio-Otto the Third simply cannot resist. He MUST have these new clothes! Surely, the unquestionably charitable and not-at-all-suspicious-looking tailors are genuine, and the King won’t end up looking red-cheeked…?

This funny and timely retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fable ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ will not only make children laugh, but also encourage them to think and speak up for what they believe.

Ten Delicious Teachers
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Ten Delicious Teachers by Ross Montgomery and Sarah Warburton

Ten silly teachers have missed the last bus home. But LOOK – a shortcut through the forest! They’ll be back in time for tea! Off they skip, unaware that in the woods a hungry horde of mischievous and hilariously goofy monsters is waiting… An irreverent and zany counting book that is gently thrilling with witty and whimsical illustrations.

Wee? It Wasn't Me!
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Wee? It Wasn’t Me! by Clare Helen Welsh and Nicola O’Byrne

A funny story, all about wee, packed full of animal facts! The follow-up to the hilarious Poo! Is That You?

Lenny the lemur is on holiday in Alaska. He’s skipping across the snow, when he slips in a puddle. It’s wet, yellow and smelly… WEE! But whose wee could it be?

Lenny is on a quest to find out… Along the way, he meets various animals and learns all about their weeing habits! But the real question is: will he find that pesky puddle-piddler?

Learn about caribou, turtles, wolves and more in the piddle-tastic Wee? It Wasn’t Me! written by Clare Helen Welsh and illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne. Cleverly interweaving facts throughout, it also contains an information page at the back of the book, with a photo of each animal.

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