The world of children’s books suffered a major loss last month when the Roald Dahl Prize for comedic kids books was brought to an end. Luckily, Scholastic has picked up the torch with annual awards of their own: The Laugh Out Loud awards, or the LOLlies. The award is debuting in the UK, but there is a high possibility it will be brought to the US as well. We’ve decided to give them a hand and pick out some of the funniest children’s books this year to consider.
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Award-winning cartoonist Rosalind ‘Roz’ Chast once again brings her bizarre humor from the pages of The New Yorker to the bookshelves with Around the Clock. The new story takes kids through every hour of the day, shedding light on the weirdness of some of the mundane things we do on a daily basis.
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For a more fantastical take on the daily routine, this dynamic duo of children’s literature tell the story of how an elementary school student’s everyday commute goes completely bonkers… or so he says. Mole people, ninjas, a giant ape, and more grace the pages of this imaginative, laugh-out-loud book.
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What self-respecting kid doesn’t get a good laugh out of underpants? Artists Tatsuya Kameyama and Atsuko Nakagawa, who make up the Tokyo-based group Tupera Tupera, take full advantage of this with their newest creative story. The younger crowd will surely be eager to join the hapless polar bear as he goes on a journey to find his missing underwear.
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Modern artist Tim Lahan makes his first foray into children’s books with this quirky story about nosy neighbors. When a young couple moves into a new apartment building, they find themselves visited by a far bigger welcoming committee than they bargained for.
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For the growing book lover, this new title by author and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi tackles the greatest tragedy of all: misplacing your books! One morning, young bookworm Spencer finds his favorite book has gone missing, and been replaced with an acorn. More and more of his books disappear, and so he decides to investigate in a humorous chain of events.
6. Pete the Cat: Robo-Pete by James Dean
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New York Times bestselling artist James Dean (no, not the actor) continues his popular Pete the Cat series with a new picture book that’s sure to put a Cheshire grin on kids’ faces. This time around, Pete finds himself with nothing to do when his friends won’t play his favorite game. So, he comes up with the perfect solution: build a robot! What hijinks will Pete and his new robot pal get into? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
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Moving on to reading material for a slightly older crowd, the latest in the bestselling Big Nate novel series released earlier this year. Author Lincoln Peirce brings us this laugh-a-minute story about what happens when mischievous student Big Nate has to show fancy-pants new kid Breckenridge Puffington III around school.
8. Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot by Dav Pilkey
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Remember Captain Underpants? Dav Pilkey‘s irreverent action-comedy series has been going strong for more than a decade after its initial audience grew up. This summer, Pilkey released the twelfth and final book in the saga, where heroes George and Harold must stop their gym teacher from mind-controlling kids into being perfect students. Perfect for passing on to kids you know or revisiting the Captain’s world yourself, if you’re feeling nostalgic.
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From another popular series, comes a new story from author Pamela Butchart. In this third installment of the Wigglesbottom Primary series, protagonist Izzy notices that her new headmaster draws the blinds in his office during the day, is slightly scary-looking, and has banned garlic bread at lunch. As any student would, she comes to the natural conclusion that he is secretly a vampire rat. This goofy story gives book-hungry girls a character to relate to.
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This new book from British page and screenwriter Georgia Pritchett has gotten rave reviews from kids and critics alike. The titular Wilf is a kid who, like many of us, worries unreasonably about the little things in life. But his problems grow bigger than messy peanut butter sandwiches and creepy crawlies when an evil genius moves in next door. This offbeat romp teaches lessons about dealing with your worries—something children and adults can both appreciate.
Appropriately, the final decision in this award ceremony will be up to the kids. When the nominees are announced, classrooms around the world get to vote on their favorites via the Laugh Out Loud Awards website. Have your kids (or kids at heart) fallen in love with any of these?
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