Roald Dahl Funny Prize
The Roald Dahl Funny Prize was launched in association with the author (and then Children’s Laureate) Michael Rosen in 2008, and was created with the aim of promoting laughter and humour and to reward authors and illustrators of funny children’s books. Each year the nominees were chosen by students from a selection of UK schools, and judged by chair Michael Rosen and a panel typically comprised of previous winners, other authors and comedians. Roald’s granddaughter Sophie Dahl joined the panel in its first year.
6 – the number of years over which the prize ran, from its inauguration in 2008 until it closed in 2013.
2 – the number of categories of Funniest Book for Children; books for children aged 6 and under and books for children aged 7 to 14.
8 – the number of books shortlisted in the inaugral year (4 in each category).
12 – the number of books shortlisted in the later years (6 in each category).
66 – the number of books winning or shortlisted during the lifetime of the prize.
£2,500 – the prize money awarded to the winner of each category.
Six and Under prize winners
|2013||Monkey Nut||Simon Rickerty|
|2012||My Big Shouting Day||Rebecca Patterson|
|2011||Cats Ahoy!||Peter Bently (A) & Jim Field (I)|
|2010||Dog Loves Books||Louise Yates|
|2009||Mr Pusskins Best in Show||Sam Lloyd|
|2008||The Witch’s Children Go to School||Ursula Jones (A) & Russell Ayto (I)|
Seven to fourteen prize winners
|2013||I Am Still Not a Loser||Jim Smith|
|2012||Dark Lord: The Teenage Years||Jamie Thomson (A) & Freya Hartas (I)|
|2011||The Brilliant World of Tom Gates||Liz Pichon|
|2010||Withering Tights||Louise Rennison|
|2009||Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky||Philip Ardagh|
|2008||Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear||Andy Stanton (A) & David Tazzyman (I)|
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
2005 – the year the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre opened, in the village of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England (the village in which Roald Dahl lived for the last 36 years of his life).
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
2010 – the year the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was founded, formerly known as the Roald Dahl Foundation.
1991 – the year in which Felicity Dahl founded the precursor to the Charity, then known as the Roald Dahl Foundation, originally established to support young people suffering with literacy or their health, whether neurology (brain) or haematology (blood).