The shortlist for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize has been announced. David Walliams has scored a hatrick in his third year of being nominated; his Gansta Granny tells the story of an OAP jewel thief. In previous years Walliams was in the running for the prize with The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink. He faces stiff competition from Frank Cottrell Boyce, whose sequel to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has also been nominated in the 7-14 year old category. Another book from this category which is receiving a lot of attention is Mark Lavery's Socks Are Not Enough, which details the embarrassment of a teenager on finding out that his parents are secret nudists.
The funniest book for children aged 7-14:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce (illustrated by Joe Berger)
Dark Lord: Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson (illustrated by Freya Hartas)
The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey (illustrated by Garry Parsons)
Gangsta Granny by David Walliams (illustrated by Tony Ross)
Goblins by Philip Reeve (illustrated by Dave Semple)
Socks Are Not Enough by Mark Lowery
The funniest book for children aged 6 and under:
The Baby That Roared by Simon Puttock (illustrated by Nadia Shireen)
My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp (illustrated by Sara Ogilvie)
Michael Rosen, who chairs the judging panel has said: 'Anyone who's interested in the idea of young people enjoying books will rush to get stuck in to this list of 12 great books - and indeed the previous years' shortlists - to find clever, odd, intriguing and above all funny stuff to read.'
The category winners - who will each win £2,500 - will be announced on the 6th of November.