The Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the brainchild of Michael Rosen, launches in 2008
The Roald Dahl Funny Prize launches in 2008, under the guidance of author Michael Rosen. The prize is administered by BookTrust and 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.
Now an annual event, the first prize ceremony saw Andy Stanton's Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear pick up the award in The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen category, while Ursula Jones's The Witch's Children Go To School won in The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under category.