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Roald Dahl Funny Prize - winners announced

publication date: Nov 10, 2009
For the judges of the  Roald Dahl Funny Prize – Michael Rosen, the comedian Bill Bailey, last year's winner author Andy Stanton, author Louise Rennison and author and illustrator Mini Grey – two books stood out on the shortlist: Mr Pusskins Best in Show by Sam Lloyd (Orchard Books) for children aged six and under and for children aged seven to 14, Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky by Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Jim Paillot (Faber and Faber).

Mr Pusskins Best in ShowMr Pusskins Best In Show is the story of a grumpy but loveable cat who just has to get his paws on a trophy for the Best-Looking Pet at the beauty show.

Sam Lloyd is a Brighton-based author and illustrator whose first book Mr Pusskins was a New York Times Children's Bestseller.
Philip Ardagh's Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky, illustrated by Jim Palliot, relates the story of a town of oddballs plotting to rid Grubtown of the Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stickydisgusting Manual Org, whose breath smells of "two-thirds of a pickled raw herring, a pickled onion, eleven gherkins and one jar of sandwich spread (one month past its sell-by date)".

 Philip Ardagh
has written over 70 books for children and collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney in 2005 on his children's book, but has never been awarded a major literary prize.

Both of these titles are available to order from Amazon. Just click the links below:

Mr.Pusskins Best in Show

Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky (Grubtown Tales)