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Friday, 14 November 2008
Congratulations Andy Stanton!
Imagine my surprise to hear Andy Stanton, my favourite children's author being interviewed by John Humphrys on The Today programme (listen here). The occasion? To celebrate the award of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for Andy's fabulous Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear.
As Andy says, "Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear is about Mr Gum and a Dancing Bear."
How does he write a funny book for children. First he tries not to think about children too much, "...then I picture my contractual obligations, then I look out the window, then I phone my mum and say I can't write, I can't think of anything, then I drink too much coffee, then I write something."
Well done Andy Stanton, a man so funny he made a child throw up from laughter