Congratulations go once more to The Reader Organisation’s patron, author and all-round supremo Frank Cottrell Boyce, who has made the shortlist for this year’s Roald Dahl Funny Prize with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again.
Frank’s modern take on the classic story was inspired both by Ian Fleming’s original book as well as the famous film, and has also been read by David Tennant in its audiobook version. As with his other books, including Millions and Cosmic – nominated for the prize in 2008 and an extract of which is featured in A Little, Aloud for Children – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again is packed with Frank’s trademark warmth and wit, and certainly had the judges of the prize, including Michael Rosen and Mel Giedroyc, laughing. If you’re looking for something to read to round off Children’s Book Week, you can’t go wrong with such heroic adventures!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again lines up in the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen category against titles from David Walliams, Josh Lacey, Mark Lowery, Philip Reeve and Jamie Thomson. There’s also a category for the funniest book for children ages six and under; the winners of both categories will be announced on 6th November 2012.
November promises to be an exciting month for Frank, as it’s also when the winner of the Guardian Children Fiction’s Prize is announced: The Unforgotten Coat, our Our Read book for 2011, is up for the big prize.
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed on both accounts!