Orchard and Cape win Funny Prizes

Orchard and Cape win Funny Prizes

Titles from Orchard Books and Jonathan Cape have won this year's Roald Dahl Funny Prizes, presented today (6th November) at a ceremony in London.

Dark Lord: Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson (Hachette Children's Books, Orchard Books) triumphed in the Funniest Book for Children aged seven to 14 category, with My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson (Random House Children's Books, Jonathan Cape) scooping the prize in the Funniest Book for Children aged six and under category.

Both winners received £2,500, presented at the ceremony at the Unicorn Theatre in London. It is the fifth year of the prize which celebrates the funniest books for children and is administered by Booktrust.

The judges this year were broadcaster and comedian Mel Giedroyc; author and journalist Lucy Mangan; author, illustrator and 2011 winner Liz Pichon; and illustrator and author Ed Vere.

Chair of the judges Michael Rosen said: "Children, parents, teachers, librarians and all concerned with reading can find a rich vein of books for all ages in the back lists of this prize, and this year's shortlists and winners are engaging, fascinating and above all, very funny."