Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlist announced

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The author  Philip Ardagh,has been shortlisted for the 2013 Roald Dahl Funny Prize in the books for children aged 7-14 category.

The Grunts All At Sea, which is llustrated by Axel Scheffler, is one of the books in his new series about a family called The Grunts

It’s one of the books in his new series about a family called The Grunts. He’s a previous winner is up against five other books.

The other award is books for children aged six and under, and both awards carry a prize of £2,500.

Schools across the UK are involved in the judging process and  children’s votes are combined with the panel’s vote. The panel includes illustrator Sarah McIntyre and the chair is  Michael Rosen . Michael created the prize in 2008 with Booktrust and the Literary Estate of Roald Dahl.

The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under (We’re ordering these)

• Weasels by Elys Dolan (Nosy Crow)

• Spaghetti With the Yeti by Adam and Charlotte Guillain, illustrated by Lee Wildish (Egmont)

• Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson (Nosy Crow)

• Monkey Nut by Simon Rickerty (Simon and Schuster)

 Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo by Amy Sparkes, illustrated by Sara Oglivie (Red Fox, Random House Children’s Books)

 Noisy Bottoms by Sam Taplin, illustrated by Mark Chambers (Usborne)