STOP PRESS WINNERS ANNOUNCED... Children love funny books and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize is the best and easiest way to find out about the cream of the crop. There are two categories - The Funniest Book for Children aged six and under and The Funniest Book for Children aged seven to fourteen. Click on an age tab to find out more.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 This is an exciting, imaginative and hilarious adventure that encourages little readers to have confidence and stand up for themselves, from the illustrator of Dogs Don't Do Ballet and Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 A troll who doesn’t want to be disgusting and a little girl who doesn’t want to be good and nice are both odd balls in their own world. One day, troll Timothy Limpet and little girl Tabitha Lumpit meet and decide to swap places with hilarious and touching results. Each is happier in their new life but will the swap last? A witty story with eye-catching illustrations and based around the time-honoured theme of home is where the heart is, this warm and witty story is a celebration of the individual and offers a valuable lesson on not judging others.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - September 2013 Book of the Month George is off on an adventure – to find the yeti and to feed it spaghetti! George travels along a little mountain path and meets all kinds of creatures on his way – there’s Betty, Hetty and Netty - before he even gets to see the yeti! George’s story is told in a jaunty text matched by vigorous illustrations.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 This hilarious soundchip book will provide hours of cheeky fun for little children - and for everyone else! Follow the story of Little Bear as he discovers that all the animals in the forest have very noisy bottoms... including himself.
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 for the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen. Barry Loser perfectly combines the random inner thoughts and outer goofiness of a schoolboy set on being the ‘keelest’ kid in school, but thwarted by friends, enemies and his gran. Full of crazy cartoons, chaotic situations and hare-brained schemes, this diary will make you laugh out loud, cringe and snigger, all at the same time!
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 This collection of comic strips does exactly what it says on the tin: a boy called Steve wakes up one day to discover he has a giant fish for a head! Side-splittingly funny with plenty of slapstick of all varieties.
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 Out of the blue, Louis’s parents ask for tips on being cool. At first Louis is amused and teaches his parents how to use lingo like ‘wicked’ and ‘sick,’ – until one day things go too far and in public too!...
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - July 2013 Book of the Month Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlisted author Mark Lowery paints a hilarious picture of the catalogue of catastrophes that befall Michael Swarbrick – again! After the disasters that befall him in Socks Are Not Enough, he thinks things just can’t get worse. But they can! This time they involve pants - so the stakes are very high!
Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - June 2013 Book of the Month The Grunts, a family of doubtful charm to whom extraordinary and mostly disgusting things happen, are back for a fabulous new adventure. Everything that is revolting is crammed into this hilarious new story as Mr Grunt takes on the challenge of getting a POGI – Person of Great Importance – to a certain Mrs Bayliss. But Mr Grunt, Mrs Grunt and Sunny, their stolen son, who live in a madcap caravan and live off road kill are not the most reliable people to entrust with such a task...Fans of Roald Dahl’s The Twits will love the outrageous Grunts and their topsy turvey life.
Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 for the funniest book for children aged six and under. Bold images brilliantly convey this witty story about how much trouble one monkey nut can cause! One nut; two friends. The friends find a monkey nut can be a bench, a drum or a boat – in fact, there seems no end to the things a monkey nut can do. But, who will get to play with it? When the friends fight it looks as if they’ll both lose the nut. Luckily, there is a simple solution... Simon Rickerty said his win was a big surprise. “It won’t sink in until tomorrow,” he told The Bookseller. “You want to win but when they call your name out it’s still a shock.”
One of our Books of the Year 2013 and Winner of the 2013 Lovereading4Kids People's Choice Best Kids Book. There’s laughter and tears in this hilarious roller-coaster story of teen life in the starry world of modelling. Self-avowed geek Harriet tells her own story of friendship, family and the extraordinary world of fashion. Harriet’s cleverness is not necessarily a great help as she tries to find her way through the teen confusions as a geeky outsider but, in the end, after some unexpected moments on the cat walk, all ends well! Elizabeth Clifford, Commissioning Editor of Geek Girl - on why she chose to publish the book......In February this year, I first read the immortal line: ‘My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek…’ and I knew I’d found something really special. Funny, fresh and utterly genuine – Holly Smale’s debut, Geek Girl, captures the very essence of being an awkward teenage girl as self-confessed geek, Harriet, accidentally gets model scouted and stumbles her way from school bus to catwalk. A layered and engaging read with real heart, Geek Girl is much more than a teen fashion story; it explores deeper emotional themes of best friends, romance, bullying and betrayals, and wittily turns transformation myths on their head – all with a smile. Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 11-14 age category - Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 - March 2013 Debut of the Month ....................................................................... In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Geek Girl a small number of Lovereading4kids members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I recommend this book to teenagers everywhere, it is a timeless classic that will be remembered forever, Read it!.'.... Scroll down to read more reviews... -------------------------- The winners of the Leeds Book Awards are chosen by you! Read the books, talk about them with your friends & teachers and decide which one is your favourite. You can vote in your local library or at www.leedsbookawards.co.uk. Voting closes on Friday 25th April and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 20th May.
Founded by Michael Rosen as part of his work as Children's Laureate (2007-2009), the Roald Dahl Funny Prize is the first prize of its kind – founded to honour those books that simply make us laugh.
The 2013 judging panel is chaired, as ever, by Michael Rosen who will be joined by John Kearns, winner of Best Newcomer at this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, children’s author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre and last year’s winner of the older age category, Dark Lord: The Teenage Years author Jamie Thompson.
Following on from last year, the prize will see schools involved in the judging process. Over 200 pupils from across the UK have been selected to read the shortlisted titles, discuss with their classmates, and pick their favourite funny book in the relevant category for their age. Their votes will then be combined with the votes of the adult judging panel to find the two winners for 2013. Classes who participate will also win a chance to attend and perform at the award ceremony.
There are two categories; one for The Funniest Book for 6 and under and the second for The Funniest Book for 7-14 year olds. Every title on the shortlist is terrific and deservedly takes its place there so prepare yourself for some rip-roaring belly-laughs, sniggers and chortles.
In all seriousness, The Roald Dahl Funny Prize aims to:
Promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading and to discover the pleasure of humorous (funny) books; draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books; reward and encourage authors (and illustrators) who might be overlooked but write and illustrate books using humour in their stories.
The winner of each category will receive £2,500, which were presented at an awards ceremony at the Cambridge Theatre in London, the home of Matilda the Musical, on Tuesday 10 December.
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