Grubby Tales from Beardy Ardagh Find!
I can't resist a mention for Philip Ardagh's Grubtown Tales: Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky, which has just won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in the 7-14 years category.
Philip Ardagh (aka Beardy Ardagh) divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and the fantastically filthy world of Grubtown, a town full of oddballs, including Farflung Heaps, Acrid Scorn and an outsized mayor who is knitting himself a new house. But one resident of the town, Manual Org, is too repulsive even for the inhabitants of Grubtown. In fact his hair is more grease than hair .....!!! Then Jilly Cheeter and Mango Claptrap discover a gargantuan diamond, and they begin to uncover the truth about Manual Org and his disgusting habits .....
Michael Rosen, one of the Funny Prize judges, described Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky as a book "with a cast of characters crazy enough to wake Spike Milligan from his home on the Nin Nang Nong".
The illustrations by Jim Paillot are wonderfully crazy too!
Never mind the 7-14 age category, this book is a feast for all ages!
(In any case, aren't the books which we read as children the books which leave a marked impression on us for life?)
More on Philip Ardagh can be seen on his website at: http://www.philipardagh.co.uk/
12 November 2009 from Julia
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