Nosy Crow and Random House Children’s Publishers have three titles apiece on the Roald Dahl Funny Prize shortlists.
Shortlisted for The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under are Weasels by Elys Dolan and Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson (both Nosy Crow), alongside Spaghetti with the Yeti by Adam and Charlotte Guillain (Egmont), Monkey Nut by Simon Rickerty (S&S), Do Not Enter the Monkey Zoo by Amy Sparkes (Red Fox, RHCP) and Noisy Bottoms by Sam Taplin (Usborne).
Up for The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen are The Grunts Are All at Sea by Philip Ardagh (Nosy Crow), My Parents are Out of Control by Pete Johnson (Yearling, RHCP) and Fish-Head Steve! by Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books, RHCP), Pants Are Everything by Mark Lowery (Scholastic), Geek Girl by Holly Smale (HarperCollins), and I am Still Not a Loser by Jim Smith (Egmont, Jelly Pie).
Schools nationwide will be involved in the judging process, alongside a panel including author/illustrator Sarah McIntyre and Guardian columnist Marina Hyde, and chaired by Michael Rosen. The prize winners will each receive £2,500 at an award ceremony on 10th December.
The prizes were created in 2008 by Booktrust and the estate of Roald Dahl, as part of Rosen’s work as children’s laureate.