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Thimble Monkey Superstar shortlisted for Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017

Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake, illustrated by Martin Chatterton, has been shortlisted in the 6-8-year-olds category in the Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017.

Narrated by ten-year-old Jams, Thimble Monkey Superstar tells the story of how Thimble comes to stay and manages to outwit Jams' hapless father on just about every occasion, destroying his favourite furniture and creating mayhem at the local school, zoo and police station, before coming to the rescue in spectacular fashion.

The shortlist was decided by Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet and former Children’s Laureate, and his judging panel, consisting of CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton and The Sunday Times’ Children’s Books Editor, Nicolette Jones.

Watch CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton announcing the shortlist with Thimble Monkey Superstar here.

Schoolchildren across the UK will now be given the chance to vote for their favourite shortlisted book until December 8, with the winner being announced at a ceremony in January 2018.

See the whole shortlist and cast your vote here.

Jon Blake, who lives in Cardiff and has had several bestselling titles in his 30-year-career as a children’s writer, said he was delighted by the shortlisting.

Martin Chatterton, who lives in Ludlow added: 'Being shortlisted for The Lollies brought a smile to my face. I think it did for Jon too although truth be told, it's hard to tell with Blakey. Good luck to all the other nominees.

To celebrate the shortlisting we are offering £1 off a signed copy of Thimble Monkey Superstar when you buy through our website and a free Thimble sticker!

Thimble is one of our exciting Dragonfly Series stories for younger readers, and to celebrate the Lollies shortlisting we are offering all other Dragonfly titles at HALF PRICE and free P&P on our website for a limited period only.

We will also be featuring a Dragonfly book and author with special offers each week, starting with our Q&A with Jon Blake here.

We will also be publishing the second adventure of Thimble, Thimble Holiday Havoc, also illustrated by Martin Chatterton, on 9 November 2017. Available to pre-order here.