It’s lists and launch time at bookwitch towers with my bites one day early.
Last night Keren David had a launch party for her second novel, Almost True. I wasn’t present as unfortunately there’s a limit to how frequently I can do the commute to London. And I’m afraid I’m on my way there today, although not to see the Pope if I can help it.
Gillian Philip has been shortlisted for the Royal Mail’s Scottish Children’s Book Awards, along with Barry Hutchison, Julia Donaldson, Debi Gliori, Elizabeth Laird, Cathy MacPhail, Lucinda Hare, John Fardell and Simon Puttock. Luckily there are several categories so more than one of these lovely people can win. I hope they do. Not sure what they win if they win. Stamps?
The Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2010 judges have also come up with a shortlist, or rather two shortlists, because you can’t have too many lists of whatever length:
The Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under
Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets by Quentin Blake
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates
The Nanny Goat’s Kid by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross
One Smart Fish by Chris Wormell
The Scariest Monster in the World by Lee Weatherly, illustrated by Algy Craig Hall
The Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen
The Clumsies Make a Mess by Sorrel Anderson, illustrated by Nicola Slater
Einstein’s Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan
The Incredible Luck of Alfie Pluck by Jamie Rix, illustrated by Craig Shuttlewood
Mr Stink by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake
The Ogre of Oglefort by Eva Ibbotson
Withering Tights by Louise Rennison
I gather Philip Ardagh, who is one of the judges, may almost have read too many funny books in the course of duty. I believe it was something like 130, which is enough to put you off even that which you like best.
Right, I have a train to catch. See you tomorrow.