A rhyming picture book about pirate cats has seized the bounty for the funniest book forchildren aged six and under in this year‟s Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Cats Ahoy! is written by Peter Bently (who was also shortlisted in 2009 for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize), and illustrated by Jim Field. It is joined on the podium by The Brilliant World of Tom Gates,the winner of the seven to fourteen category, and the first in a series of books about Tom, an expert doodler and master of excuses, written and illustrated by Liz Pichon.
Both winners received their award and prize cheque of £2,500 today (Tuesday 8 November 2011), presented at an awards ceremony at the Unicorn Theatre in London by the judges and Roald Dahl‟s widow Felicity Dahl.