Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Roald Dahl Funny Prize

What a great idea! The United Kingdom's Booktrust, in cooperation with UK Children's Laureate Michael Rosen, has announced the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, with the first honorees to be named in November 2008. This award will recognize two winners - the funniest book for readers six and under, and the funniest for those age seven to fourteen - with a cash prize equal to approximately $5,000. A short list of nominated titles will be announced in September, to coincide with the third Roald Dahl Day on Sept. 13th. Especially satisfying is the fact that Sophie Dahl, eldest grandchild of Roald Dahl and the inspiration for the character of Sophie in The BFG (and former supermodel) , will be one of the judges! Funny books truly shine as audiobooks - all of these Dahl titles are fantastic, with readers ranging from Monty Python's Eric Idle to Jeremy Irons and Dahl himself. Perfect for family-favorite summer car trips!

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