The Roald Dahl Funny Prize
The Roald Dahl Funny Prize, named in honour of the universally loved author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more, was set up in 2008 by Michael Rosen, then Children's Laureate, who chairs the panel of five judges each year.
The aim is to promote the feel-good factor when reading, to boost the profile of humorous books and to encourage family togetherness through sharing funny books. Rosen explained, 'I have sat on judging panels before and what happens is that the funny books get squeezed out, because somehow or other they don't tackle big issues in the proper way.'
There are two prizes, one aimed at books for the six and under age group, the other for seven- to fourteen-year-olds. The winning authors each receive £2500.
The 2013 winners were announced on 6th November. The younger age group prize went to Monkey Nut by Simon Rickerty and the winning book for older readers was I Am Still Not a Loser by Jim Smith.
SIX AND UNDER: My Big Shouting Day! by Rebecca Patterson
SEVEN TO FOURTEEN: Dark Lord: The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson
SIX AND UNDER: Cats Ahoy! by Peter Bently
SEVEN TO FOURTEEN: The Briliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon
SIX AND UNDER: Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates
SEVEN TO FOURTEEN: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
SIX AND UNDER: Mr Pusskins: Best in Show by Sam Lloyd
SEVEN TO FOURTEEN: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky by Philip Ardagh
SIX AND UNDER: The Witch's Children Go To School by Ursula Jones
SEVEN TO FOURTEEN: Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton