Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013

Latest update 'The 2013 winners have been announced!'

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize,  which was launched in 2008 in association with Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007-2009, celebrates its sixth birthday this year. It aims to promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, to draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books and to reward authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour.


 The Prize has two categories:

 

  •  The funniest book for children aged six and under
  • The funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen

 

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Cambridge Theatre in London, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, on Tuesday 10 December. The winner of each category received £2,500.


At least 200 children, selected from schools around the UK, again played a part in the judging process this year. Each participating school received sets of the shortlisted books so that they could read and discuss them with their classmates before voting for which they thought was the funniest in the relevant category for their age. Their votes were combined with those of the official judging panel to find the two winning books for 2013.  Newchurch Primary School pupils from the Isle of Wight were involved in voting and were lucky enough to attend and perform at the winner’s ceremony.

 

Read more about the Roald Dahl Funny Prize award ceremony

The funniest book for children aged six and under

  • Winner

    Monkey Nut

    Simon Rickerty
    Simon & Schuster

    Two little spiders find a monkey nut, and shouting 'it's mine!', each tries to snatch it.

Shortlist

  • Weasels

    Elys Dolan
    Nosy Crow
  • Spaghetti with the Yeti

    Adam and Charlotte Guillain

    Illustrated by Lee Wildish

    Egmont Books
  • Troll Swap

    Leigh Hodgkinson
    Nosy Crow
  • Monkey Nut

    Simon Rickerty
    Simon & Schuster
  • Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

    Amy Sparkes

    Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

    Red Fox
  • Noisy Bottoms

    Sam Taplin
    Illustrated by Mark Chambers

    Usborne Publishing

The funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen

  • Winner

    I Am Still Not a Loser

    Jim Smith
    Jelly Pie

    In the second installment of Jim Smith's popular Barry Loser series, Barry has a new problem in the shape of the aptly-named Gordon Smugly.

Shortlist

  • The Grunts All at Sea

    Philip Ardagh

    Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

    Nosy Crow
  • My Parents are Out of Control

    Pete Johnson
    Yearling, Random House Children's Books
  • Pants are Everything

    Mark Lowery
    Scholastic
  • Geek Girl

    Holly Smale
    HarperCollins
  • Fish-Head Steve

    Jamie Smart
    David Fickling Books
  • I Am Still Not a Loser

    Jim Smith
    Jelly Pie

Judges

Fresh from his win at this year’s Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards as Best Newcomer, John Kearns joined a stellar panel of judges for this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize, which included as ever, children’s author Michael Rosen as Chair. Joining them on the panel were Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, children’s author and illustrator Sarah McIntyre and last year’s winner of the older age category, Dark Lord: The Teenage Years author Jamie Thomson. Together the panel united in their quest to find two splendiferous winners: for children aged 6 years and under, and children aged 7–14 years.

About the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize aims to promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, to draw attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books and to reward authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour.

 

Entries are accepted in two categories: Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under and Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen with the winner of each category receiving £2,500.

 

The Prize is supported by libraries, teachers and parents through a range of activities and promotes a vibrant area of publishing often overlooked by other awards.

 

 The winner of each category received £2,500, which was presented at an awards ceremony at the Cambridge Theatre in London, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, on Tuesday 10 December

The submission period for entries for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 has now closed. 

 

For reference, this year’s terms & conditions and entry form are below.

 

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 Terms and Conditions

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 Entry Form

 

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Mell at Booktrust on laura.mell@booktrust.org.uk or 020 8516 2960