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And the winners are…

Today saw the announcement of the very first Roald Dahl Funny Prize. I know a lot of hard work has gone into getting this prize off the ground and it is a big achievement for Michael Rosen in his role as children’s laureate – great to see the first sets of winners be announced. Well done to:

The Witch’s Children Go to School by Ursula Jones, illus. Russell Ayto (Orchard Books) – winner of the Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under

Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton, illus. David Tazzyman (Egmont Press) – winner of the Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen

The judges

I haven’t read either of them yet (although have enjoyed others Mr Gum titles) and I’ll be checking them out soon. For a fascinating interview with Liccy Dahl (from the Observer on Sunday), look here.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. CUS Publicity Chair #

    Aren’t all great kid’s books interesting to grown ups, too? I always thought so, in any case. Are you interested in 19th century children’s books, too? If so, you will probably enjoy these websites: Nineteenth Century American Children & What They Read ( Also, the New York Public Library has a great site and, if you scroll down past the modern kiddy lit, you can go to the historical stuff. I found stuff there that I read as a kid (books my mother had as a child) that I hadn’t seen or thought about in years (

    November 19, 2008
  2. natashaworswick #

    Thanks for your comment! I’ve always thought so too, but you’d perhaps be surprised at how quickly most adults dismiss them.

    Thanks also for the links; I’ll check them out soon!

    November 19, 2008

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