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Need a Book Week costume quickly?

For the next week, kids around the country will be taking part in activities involving their favourite book characters. Everything from colouring in and craft to dressing up as their favourite character for the day. Why? Easy . . . Children’s Book Week is here!

A parent’s approach to Children’s Book Week can fall into one of three categories:

  1. I’ve completely got this. These are the parents who have been waiting, planning and vision-boarding for weeks in preparation. They send their children into the school yard looking like they’ve just stepped out of the pages of a book.

  2. It’s next week? No problem. These are the parents whose dress up box provides a wealth of treasures. With a little effort, their children will easily look the part.

  3. What do you mean it’s Book Week tomorrow?! These parents realise their dilemma the night before their child’s Book Week celebrations (if not the morning of) and need help . . . FAST!

So for those parents who have recently joined the third category, and to those who feel like they are lifelong members, don’t stress . . . we have you covered!

 

Alice-Miranda in Hollywood

What you’ll need:

  • Cowboy hat
  • Neck scarf
  • Jeans
  • Belt
  • Shirt
  • Brown boots

What to do: Where you can, plait long hair in two side plaits, dress your child in the above clothing, and they’re ready to go and take on the playground . . . Lights, camera, action! Yeehaw!

 

Tom Weekly

What you’ll need:

What to do: Print off the mask, stick to cardboard using glue and cut out carefully. Secure the mask to your ruler using glue or tape. Get your child dressed and they’re ready to hit the school ground.

 

Greg – Diary of a Wimpy Kid

What you’ll need:

  • Printable mask here
  • Plastic or timber ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Black and white clothing (ie. Black jeans and white t-shirt)

What to do: Print off the mask, stick to cardboard using glue and cut out carefully. Secure the mask to your ruler using glue or tape. Get your child dressed and they’re ready to hit the school ground, but watch out . . . no doubt trouble awaits.

 

Friday Barnes

What you’ll need:

  • Spy glass/magnifying glass (download printable one here, cut out and stick to cardboard)
  • Red shoes
  • White/cream t-shirt
  • Brown jacket
  • Blue jeans
  • Hat with green ribbon

What to do: Tie your child’s hair into two low-sitting pigtails and get them dressed. Don’t forget their most important asset though . . . their spyglass! If you don’t own a novelty one, simply print off the one above, stick to cardboard and cut out. Then let your child set out into the world and discover their own mysteries in the playground. I wonder who left their lunchbox behind today?

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

What you’ll need:

What to do: Print off the mask, stick to cardboard using glue and cut out carefully. Secure the mask to your ruler using glue or tape. Get your child dressed and they’re ready to eat their way through the many school lunches on offer, just don’t eat too much!

 

 

 

The BFG

What you’ll need:

  • Print BFG ears here
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic headband
  • Light coloured shirt (rolled up sleeves)
  • Jeans/long pants
  • Vest

What to do: Print off the BFG ears, stick them to flexible cardboard using glue and cut out carefully. Secure the ears to the headband using tape. Dress your child in the clothing listed above and they’re ready to enter the school yard, but remember to warn them to be careful not to stand on their friends . . . they might squish them! 

 

 

Juliet, Nearly a Vet

What you’ll need:

  • Toy stethoscope
  • Toy medical kit (optional)
  • Disposable kitchen gloves
  • White oversized shirt (an old one of dad’s is perfect)
  • Stuffed animal (the patient)

What to do: Have your child wear normal clothes and place the oversized shirt over the top. One of dad’s old shirts is perfect, but make sure he knows about it first! Let your child wear the stethoscope around their neck, put their gloves on and make sure that they don’t leave the house without their most important item of all . . . their patient! I’m sure that Flopsy, Butch, Fluffykins or Buster won’t survive the day without their vet on hand!

 

Lintang, and the Pirate Queen

What you’ll need:

  • Pirate hat
  • Flowing dress (long dress with long sleeves – the puffier the better)
  • Belt
  • Cardboard sword (make your own)

What to do: Wrap the belt around the dress and use it to hold the cardboard sword. When your child wears the pirate hat, they’ll be swashbuckling their way into the school ground yelling ‘Ahoy there!’ in no time at all.

 

Fantastic Mr Fox

What you’ll need:

What to do: Print off the mask and colour it in, then stick to cardboard using glue and cut out carefully (don’t forget to cut out the spaces for the eyes). Secure the mask to your ruler using glue or tape. Dress your child in the clothes listed above and they’ll be the most sophisticated, fantastic fox in the land (well, the school yard at least).

 

Will Treaty, Ranger’s Apprentice

What you’ll need:

  • Light coloured pants (cargos will be fine)
  • Long sleeved top (ie. light roll neck or skivvy)
  • Tunic (any oversized, short sleeved top will do)
  • Belt
  • Hooded cape (ideally brown or green)
  • Toy bow (most schools won’t allow the arrows but that’s ok)
  • Cardboard knife/sword (make your own)

What to do: This costume needs layering, so start with the long pants and long sleeved top. Then add the tunic and fasten around the waist with the belt. Slide the cardboard sword into the belt at the side and then place the hooded cape over the top. With the addition of the bow, your child is ready to go out into the school yard and protect their friends against their foes. 

 

 

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143780618

    August 28, 2017

    Random House Australia Children's

    336 pages

    RRP $16.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780143780601

    August 28, 2017

    Random House Australia

    336 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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