Dark lord and shouting tot pick up Roald Dahl prize

Tue Nov 6, 2012 9:57am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - "GET OUT OF MY ROOM!" are the first words yelled by Bella, the central character in "My Big Shouting Day", winner of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny prize in the category aged six and under.

The victory was announced at an award ceremony in London by British literary charity Booktrust on Tuesday.

Bella's may seem a reasonable response to waking up to find your jewellery being licked by a baby brother, you may think.

But things do not improve from here, and nothing anyone does for Bella is right and it seems the only solution is to shout as loud as possible about the injustice of it all.

The response will be amusingly familiar to parents of young children everywhere, and it draws on the experience of author Rebecca Patterson with her daughter, now a few years older.

"She used to have a lot of tantrums, I still do myself sometimes," she told Reuters.

The book came into being as she linked together pictures she had drawn when doing a masters degree in illustration.

The feelings brought to light by the book seem to be widely held.

"It just made me laugh and laugh. Who hasn't had, or at least wanted to have - a big shouting day?" prize judge, journalist and author Lucy Mangan said.   Continued...