The Roald Dahl Funny Prize winners were announced last night. Congrats to Ursala Jones (The Witch’s Children Go To School) and Andy Stanton (Mr. Gum and the Dancing Bear). The prize is split up into two categories: books for children ages six and younger, and books for children ages seven to fourteen. Each winner receives £2,500.
The purpose of the Funny Prize is to honor Roald Dahl by focusing on humor in children’s books, and also to encourage family togetherness through reading funny books aloud. Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate, said the following:
“Children love funny books but when adults draw up lists of the best books they nearly always leave the funny ones out. When I became the Children’s Laureate, I said that my job should be as an ambassador for fun.” From BookTrust
To promote the prize earlier this week, Dahl’s widow granted an interview to the Guardian. She talks about Roald’s seductive side as explored in The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington. You can find the article here.
In other awards news:
- Callum Roberts won the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award for his book, The Unnatural History of the Sea.
- Atiq Rahimi won the 105 year old Prix Goncourt for Syngue Sabour. Since the book hasn’t been translated yet, you can read more about his win here.