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Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners announced

11th November 2009

The winners of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize were named yesterday (November 10th) in a ceremony at London's Unicorn Theatre.

Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky by Philip Ardagh was recognised as the most humorous work for children aged between seven and 14, seeing off a shortlist that included David Walliams' The Boy in the Dress and Eating Things on Sticks by Anne Fine.

The story tells the tale of a town full of oddballs which is attempting to rid itself of a particularly disgusting resident and was described by reading charity Booktrust as being a 'valuable lesson' about learning to accept others.

Sam Lloyd's Mr Pusskins Best in Show, the story of a grumpy cat which wins a pet beauty show, was named as the prize's funniest work for kids aged six and under.

Michael Rosen, a member of the judging panel, said: 'This is a ridiculously funny book, full of marvellously mischievous cartooning.'

Last week, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson was voted the UK's favourite children's bedtime story by listeners of The Jeremy Vine Show.

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