15 November 2008

Roald Dahl Funny Prize

Winners of the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize were named at an awards ceremony in London yesterday. The two books honored were:

For Kids 6 and Under: The Witch's Children Go to School, by Ursula Jones, illustrated by Russell Ayto

For Kids 7-14: Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman

Michael Rosen, who chaired a panel of five judges that included Sophie Dahl--granddaughter of the legendary author--said, "Children love funny books but when adults draw up lists of the best books they nearly always leave the funny ones out. When I became the Children's Laureate, I said that my job should be as an ambassador for fun. That's why I came up with the idea of this funny prize, all part of the job!

Neither of the books mentioned above are available in the US yet, but older books are:

The Witch's Children Jones, Ursula (Author), Ayto, Russell (Illustrator)
Andy Stanton has written a number of Mr. Gum books.

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