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David Walliams up for Roald Dahl award

David Walliams
Image caption Mr Stink is illustrated by Roald Dahl artist Quentin Blake

Little Britain star David Walliams has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for a second year running.

Mr Stink - about a smelly tramp - goes up against five other books in the seven to 14 category.

Last year's winner in the category was Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky, by Philip Ardagh.

Dahl artist Quentin Blake is nominated in the six and under section for Angelica Sprocket's Pockets. Winners will be announced on 17 November.

Blake also illustrated Walliams' Mr Stink as well as the comic actor's 2009 nomination, The Boy in the Dress.

Also nominated for the £2,500 prize this year are books about a dancing dog, a walking fish and Einstein's underpants.

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi, part of a judging panel that includes last year's winner Philip Ardagh and awards founder Michael Rosen, said the quality of books "reminded me how I came to love reading in the first place".

Former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen said this year's books were "a bumper crop of fantastically funny stories".

"If you want giggles, laughs, roars and riots, these are the books for you and your children," he added.

The full shortlist in the six and under section is:

  • Angelica Sprocket's Pockets - Quentin Blake
  • Dogs Don't Do Ballet - Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
  • Dog Loves Books - Louise Yates
  • The Nanny Goat's Kid - Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross
  • One Smart Fish - Chris Wormell
  • The Scariest Monster in the World - Lee Weatherly, illustrated by Algy Craig Hall

And in the seven to 14 category:

  • The Clumsies Make a Mess - Sorrel Anderson, illustrated by Nicola Slater
  • Einstein's Underpants and How They Saved the World - Anthony McGowan
  • The Incredible Luck of Alfie Pluck - Jamie Rix, illustrated by Craig Shuttlewood
  • Mr Stink - David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  • The Ogre of Oglefort - Eva Ibbotson
  • Withering Tights - Louise Rennison

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