Belfast Telegraph

Walliams nominated for book prize

David Walliams has been nominated for a top children's book prize for the second year running.

The comic's latest kids' title Mr Stink - about a child that befriends a whiffy tramp - is in the running for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, which is awarded to humorous tales.

It is one of six titles up for the seven to 14-year-old category, which will be awarded on November 17 with a prize of £2,500.

A further six books compete for the six and under category, with a panel of judges including comedian Shappi Khorsandi and previous winner Philip Ardagh, known for his Grubtown Tales.

Illustrator Quentin Blake has a double reason to celebrate Friday's shortlists as his book Angelica Sprocket's Pockets is up for the younger category, and he has also provided the artwork for Walliams's entry.

Blake was also the artist for almost all the children's books by late author Roald Dahl, after whom the prize is named.

Also making the shortlists are One Smart Fish - a book about evolution for young readers which recently won the Booktrust Early Years Award - and a sci-fi tale about Einstein's old undies.

Khorsandi said: "Reading the very high standard of children's books reminded me how I came to love reading in the first place."

Award founder and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen said: "What a bumper crop of fantastically funny stories we've had from both age categories. If you want giggles, laughs, roars and riots these are the books for you and your children."


From Belfast Telegraph