Each year, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize celebrates the funniest books for children in two categories: for children under six and for children aged 7 to 14 years. This year's shortlist features a host of yeti's, bottoms, weasels, geeks and parents out of control (among others.) There have been six books selected in each category, and the winner of each will receive £2500. The prize will be presented in an awards ceremony on Tuesday, December 10th at the Cambridge Theatre in London.
As ever, this year's judging panel is chaired by the incisive Michael Rosen. The panel consists of author/illustrator Sarah McIntyre, comedian John Kearns, columnist for the Guardian Marina Hyde and last year's winner in the 7-14 category, Jamie Thomson.
And the shortlists are:
Funniest Book for Children Aged 6 and Under:
- 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)
- The Grunts All At Sea by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Axel Sheffler (Nosy Crow)
- My Parents Are Out of Control by Pete Johnson (Yearling, Random House Children’s Books)
- Pants Are Everything by Mark Lowery (Scholastic)
- Geek Girl by Holly Smale (HarperCollins)
- Fish-Head Steve! by Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books)
- I Am Still Not a Loser by Jim Smith (Egmont, Jelly Pie)