Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Roald Dahl Funny Prize Shortlists announced

So the Shortlists for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize have been unveiled, and my collection of verse is not amongst them... And I am disappointed, even though I never seriously expected it to be, I was hoping.

The News articles about the shortlist appear to be surrounding the fact that David Walliams debut book, 'The Boy in the Dress' is shortlisted. (Even the Official Press Release from Booktrust seems to be all about this book.)

I read the book, and I really enjoyed it... Although I thought the book more of a Tender Growing up story with the odd funny passage, than a laugh out loud funny book...

Oh well… This will be my last attempt at trying to win this award… I hope The Judges at least enjoyed reading my verse.

Well done to all the authors shortlisted… The Shortlists are:


The funniest book for children aged six and under

The Great Dog Bottom Swap by Peter Bently, illus. Mei Matsuoka (Andersen Press)

Octopus Socktopus by Nick Sharratt (Alison Green Books)

Elephant Joe is a Spaceman! by David Wojtowycz (Alison Green Books)

Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All! by Sean Taylor, illus. Hannah Shaw (Frances Lincoln)

Mr Pusskins Best in Show by Sam Lloyd (Orchard Books)

The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg, illus. Bruce Ingman (Walker Books)


The funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen

The Galloping Ghost by Hilda Offen (Catnip Publishing)

Eating Things on Sticks by Anne Fine, illus. Kate Aldous (Doubleday)

Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky by Philip Ardagh, illus. Jim Paillot (Faber and Faber)

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, illus. Quentin Blake (HarperCollins)

Purple Class and the Half-Eaten Sweater by Sean Taylor, illus. Helen Bate (Frances Lincoln)

Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan (Simon & Schuster)

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