The 2012 shortlist for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize was announced last week, and wow, what a selection!
I do not envy the judges the task of choosing a winner!

The 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize judges

(from left to right; Mel Giedroyc, Michael Rosen, Lucy Mangan, Ed Vere and Liz Pichon) Photograph © Booktrust

The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under

* The Baby that Roared by Simon Puttock, illustrated by Nadia Shireen (Nosy Crow) (see my review here)

* My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson (Random House Children’s Books, Jonathan Cape)
* Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)  (see my review here)
* The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar)
* Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)  (see my review here)
* The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Simon & Schuster)  (see my review here)

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)  (see my review here)
* Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, illustrated by Tony Ross (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
* Goblins by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Dave Semple (Marion Lloyd Books)  (see my review here)
* Socks are Not Enough by Mark Lowery (Scholastic Children’s Books)

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 6th November.