Roald Dahl Funny Prize

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.

6 and under

7 - 14 years old

6 and under

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

5+ readers

Author: Amy Sparkes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

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.

Noisy Bottoms

Noisy Bottoms

Baby and Toddler

Author: Sam Taplin Format: Board book Release Date: 01/11/2012

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.

DFC Library: Fish-Head Steve

DFC Library: Fish-Head Steve

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: James Turner, Jamie Smart Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2013

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.

7 - 14 years old

My Parents are Out of Control

My Parents are Out of Control

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Pete Johnson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

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!...

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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