Monday, September 8, 2008

A Fantastic New Children's Book Award

Kelly at Big A little a linked to an article in the Telegraph about a new children's book award -- the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. On the panel of judges are Roald Dahl's granddaughter, some children's authors and, most importantly, a comedian! The purpose of the award is to recognize those books that typically get overlooked when prizes go to books with what are considered "more serious" topics.

I think the best line from the article is "humour is one of the best ways to make children into readers." This is absolutely true. I remember cracking up as a kid when the BFG started farting but I can be sure that most adults would not have considered The BFG an award winning book. In fact, this article says that Roald Dahl never won an award that was decided by adults. Nothing could be more tragic for the king of children's humor.

Appreciating the funny,
K and Z

1 comment:

  1. I adored the BFG. I instantly wrote to the Queen asking if she knew him. I even got a letter back. Brilliant.
    I love the funny prize idea :D