Comedian David Walliams has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for the third time in five years.
His Gangsta Granny (HarperCollins Children's Books) is in the running for the Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen, alongside Frank Cottrell Boyce's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Flies Again and Mark Lowery's Socks Are Not Enough (Scholastic). In the Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under category, shortlistees include Anna Kemp's The Worst Princess (Simon & Schuster) and Oh, No George! by Chris Haughton (Walker). The full shortlists are detailed below.
The winner of each category will receive £2,500, to be presented at an awards ceremony on 6th November.
The 2012 judges are chaired by Michael Rosen and comprise: broadcaster and comedian Mel Giedroyc; author and journalist Lucy Mangan; author and illustrator Liz Pichon; and illustrator and author Ed Vere.
Rosen said: "In this, the fifth year of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, it is splendiferous to see that children’s books are still celebrating the art of a right old malarkey."
The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under:
The Baby that Roared by Simon Puttock, illustrated by Nadia Shireen (Nosy Crow)
My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson (Random House Children’s Books, Jonathan Cape)
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar)
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster)
The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce, illustrated by Joe Berger (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Dark Lord: Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson, illustrated by Freya Hartas (Hachette Children’s Books, Orchard Books)
The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey, illustrated by Garry Parsons (Andersen Press)
Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Goblins by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Dave Semple (Marion Lloyd Books)
Socks are Not Enough by Mark Lowery (Scholastic Children’s Books)