Children's books win Funny Prize

<p>Two books about witches and dancing bears have been awarded the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize, which was announced today by Children&rsquo;s Laureate Michael Rosen.<br /><br />For children aged six and under, the winning book was <em>The Witch&rsquo;s Children Go to School</em> by Ursula Jones, illustrated by Russell Ayto (Orchard Books). For children aged seven to 14, the winning book was <em>Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear </em>by Andy Stanton, illustrated by David Tazzyman (Egmont Press).&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br />The prize was launched this year to &ldquo;promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, by encouraging families to read together&rdquo;. The winning authors received &pound;2,500 each. The judges were author Sophie Dahl, comedian Dara O&rsquo;Briain, author Kaye Umansky and author and political cartoonist Chris Riddell; the panel was chaired by Rosen.<br /><br />The other shortlisted titles were:</p><p><em>Stick Man</em> by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Books)<br /><em>Elephant Wellyphant</em> by Nick Sharratt (Alison Green Books)<br /><em>The Great Paper Caper </em>by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children&rsquo;s Books)<br /><em>There&rsquo;s an Ouch in My Pouch!</em> by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Garry Parsons (Puffin Books)<br /><em>Manfred the Baddie</em> by John Fardell (Quercus Books)<br /><br />For children aged seven to 14: <br /><br /><em>Paddington Here and Now</em> by Michael Bond, illustrated by R W Alley (HarperCollins Children&rsquo;s Books)<br /><em>Stop in the Name of Pants! </em>by Louise Rennison (HarperCollins Children&rsquo;s Books)<br /><em>Cosmic</em> by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan Children&rsquo;s Books)<br /><em>Aliens Don&rsquo;t Eat Dog Food </em>by Dinah Capparucci (Scholastic Children&rsquo;s Books)<br /><em>Urgum and the Goo Goo Bah!</em> by Kjartan Poskitt, illustrated by Philip Reeve - Scholastic Children&rsquo;s Books)<br /><br /></p>