The sequel to Helen Rutter’s brilliant bestselling book The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh is published by Scholastic today.

After taking to the stage and captivating the crown, Billy Plimpton is ready to go viral in this laugh-out-loud sequel The Funniest Boy in the World.

Celebrity comedian Leo Leggett takes Billy under his wing, as his new sidekick: when Leo tweets a clip of his stand-up act, Billy suddenly becomes the most famous boy in the country. At first, this is GREAT – all the kids at school think he’s cool and he gets to appear on his favourite morning TV show. But Leo’s motives turn out to be shady and Billy must turn the tables in a very public way…

The idea for this story came from Helen Rutter’s son, who has a stammer: she wanted to write the book that he would love to read, starring a child like him. It’s packed with brilliant jokes and one-liners to make kids roar with laughter as well as encourage empathy and kindness in young readers. Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Lisa Thompson and Jenny Pearson.

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh was shortlisted for the 2022 Blue Peter Award, the 2022 Costa children’s book of the year and selected for the 2022 Read for Empathy collection. Jaqueline Wilon called it ‘Very funny, very touching, very truthful – a total delight to read‘.

Get your copy of The Funniest Boy in the World here.