“You may have heard about the new Roald Dahl Funny Prize (I love that name) for works of children’s literary humor in the UK. ”
So writes Walter over at The Monkey Speaks. I had not, in fact, heard about this new award. What a brilliant idea! I’ll be keeping an eye on this one. I am curious as to whether or not the judging panel consulted any children while making their selections for the Shortlist. Not that I don’t like the list- but children often have a slightly different sense of humor than us big people. From the comments of the judges, it does look like they did ask of each title: Will children find this funny?
Now, can we also start up a prize committee for Grossest Book of the Year? Or (for the emo-tween-girl set) Most Heartbreakingly Sad Book of the Year? When it comes to attracting young (often reluctant) readers, gross and/or sad can be almost as compelling as funny. Which leads me to wonder: for which authors would such prizes be named? The Dav Pilkey Prize for the Best Use of Potty Humor? The Fred Gipson Ten Tissues Award? 🙂