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World Book Day & School Book Week

World book day is fast approaching, and with it comes your child's excitement at the endless possibilities of fancy dress (as well as your bewilderment at just what to look for!); so in this guide we look at some ideas for children's fancy dress for your inspiration.

Boys - Infants

Whilst you may picture your beautiful little boy as The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Mr Bump it may also be far from practical; the former will see your child waddling around in an all in one and the latter may see you being driven crazy by bandages that just won't stay on (not least helped by your child). Perfect outfits for little boys in this category include Dennis the Menace and Peter Pan; your little one may also be steadfast on the idea of becoming a superhero for the day, and Super Man, Bat Man and The Incredible Hulk are all widely available outfits.

Girls - Infants

Let's face it, which little girl doesn't want to be a princess for the day? From Snow White to Cinderella every girl yearns to wear that pretty dress that they've seen in the movies, and don't worry about it feeling like a bit of an easy cheat; Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast are all based on books, rather than just being magical Hollywood creations.

Boys - Middle School

Where's Wally? is always a huge hit with boys of middle school age, and dressing up as Wally makes for both a convenient and fun outfit that also has the added extra of avoiding disappointment if there are numerous other kids in the same get up. Other equally fun options you have for boys of Middle School age include Horrid Henry and Willy Wonker. For Horrid Henry you can just make your own pirate hat and couple it with a white t-shirt (as seen on the Horrid Henry cover). However, your child may thank you if you go one step further and kit them out with the matching pirate stripped jumper. For Willy Wonker, the key pieces are the tall black hat and a large dicky bow, but you can go all out and add a golden ticket and that quirky walking cane.

Girls - Middle School

For girls of middle school age you may find a slight shift away from traditional princesses over to characters that are slightly more independent and heroines in their own right. Alice in Wonderland, with her cute blue dress and blonde locks and Angelina Ballerina with her pretty pink tutu are perfect examples of just the right balance between girliness and recreating a fun character. For girls that are wanting an outfit that's a little more unique you may want to consider The Cat in the Hat or Gansta Granny.

Boys - Juniors

The out and out favourite within this age group for boys has to be Harry Potter (as it has been for the last ten years or so); there's something that is just irresistible to boys of this age getting their hands on a wand and magical cape. You may also want to look at the option of Wimpy Kid, which can be recreated with a simple face mask and the matching stripy trousers and white top.

Girls - Juniors

The Harry Potter trend crosses over for girls in this age range too, as many girls want to look exactly like Hermione Granger. This too makes for a relatively simplistic outfit, although the long mousy brown hair would finish it off nicely, you only need a wand and a gown.

None of the above? Are you naturally creative?

If you buck the trend and are filled with inspiration and ideas for your child's costume, then the possibilities truly are endless; on the other hand however, you may be a parent whose struggling with an outfit that is based upon your child's favourite character (that just happens to be a random creature that exists only in the world of literature). Whatever your ideas are for your child for World Book Day, and whichever camp you find yourself in, there are literally hundreds of fancy dress items that can make your job that little bit easier and create the outfit that will meet even the most demanding of child's imagination.

Dressing up for World Book day can be an exciting enactment of your child's imagination; for one day, they can be whoever they want to be, from their favourite Disney princess to taking on the world as their favourite super hero.

Grufflo | The Tiger Who Came to Tea | Mog the Cat | Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit) | Horrid Henry | Captain Hook (Peter Pan)

Oompa Loompa (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)

Willy Wonka (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) | Miss Trunchbull (Roald Dahl - Matilda | BFG (Roald Dahl) | Fantastic Mr Fox (Roald Dahl)

Where's Wally | Dennis The Menace | Artful Dodger (Oliver Twist) | Harry Potter | Cat in The Hat | Mad Hatter | Alice in Wonderland

Little Red Riding Hood | Tinkerbell (Peter Pan) | Mary Poppins | Dalmatian | Mermaid | Snow White | Goldilocks

We have HUNDREDS of Children's Costumes in stock for Book Week at A Party Shop in Hemel Hempstead.