Winners Announced of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010
The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under is.....
Louise Yates for the wonderful, wonderful Dog Loves Books ! Louise was inspired as a child by the work of Quentin Blake to become a children's illustrator, and from a very competitive short list (including Quentin Blake, himself), she came up trumps! It's no secret that this book is one of my favourite picture books of the year.
Michael Rosen , the chair of the judging panel, had this to say about Dog Loves Books:
‘An outrageous idea, beautifully told and illustrated. Sometimes, what you want from a new book is a surprise, something fresh and odd. So this book leaves behind some of the staples of present-day humour and gives us humour on every page with a dog that just wants to read books.’
In the Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen, the winner is none other than that Queen of Teen, herself, Louise Rennison for the first book in her new series Withering Tights! Rennison's new book revolves around the adventures of Tallulah Casey, a boy-crazy, gawky teenage girl and student of a Yorkshire performing arts academy. Tallulah may be at that awkward stage in life, but her observant, clever commentary on life is not only laugh-worthy, but quite accurate!
Both authors were presented with their awards today at a lunchtime ceremony in London.