Be the best dressed in the playground this World Book Day

EASY – but brilliant – costumes for your little bookworms

Be the best dressed in the playground this World Book Day

Books are brill. And any day that celebrates their brilliance gets a big pat on the back from us. World Book Day, which takes place on 2nd March, deserves an extra special big back-patting because it encourages kids from all over the globe to read by making books more accessible and fun. 

Our lovely, literary fancy dress outfits will help your wee wordsmiths join in with the celebrations. No gaffer tape, super glue or crocheting required. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

“On Thursday he ate through four strawberries but he was STILL hungry”

Who’d have thought that a story about a ravenous bug would become one of the best-selling kids’ books ever? Selling over 41 million copies since 1969, we will never get tired of seeing this greedy little chap chomping his way through all that tasty salami.

Get the Hungry Caterpillar costume

This cute caterpillar costume even has adorable little insect feet and detachable illustrated fruit pieces.  Nom, nom, nom. 

Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling



“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

The book single-handedly responsible for making everyone in the world want to own a magic wand. And an owl. Full of mystery, magic and wonderful words like ‘muggle’ and ‘squib’, Harry Potter has even inspired folk who supposedly ‘don’t like reading’ to desperately gobble up every one of J.K Rowling’s wizarding stories. 

Get the Harry Potter costume 

You can have yourself a mini Harry Potter or Draco Malfoy in moments with one of these spell-binding costumes. Alakazam.

Paddington Bear, by Michael Bond

“A wise bear always keeps a marmalade sandwich in his hat in case of emergency”

The bear that taught us a very important lesson in life – if you ever travel from Peru to London, head to Paddington Station and pack plenty of marmalade sandwiches in your suitcase.

Get the Paddington Bear costume 

Everyone loves Paddington Bear. FACT. So this all-in-one iconic outfit  - which even has a: ‘Please look after this bear’ tag – will make your child even more lovable than they were before. 

Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”

The most famous fictional detective of all times is still just as popular 130 years after he first appeared in print. Known just as much for his fashion, as his crime-fighting, Sherlock Holmes is the world's favourite pipe-smoking, deerstalker-wearer of all time.

Get the Sherlock Holmes costume 

The perfect outfit for any budding detective. Your mini Sherlock Holmes can even solve the case of the ‘missing chocolates’ - prime suspect: mum. Elementary my dear Watson!

Fantastic Mr Fox, by Roald Dahl

“I’m gonna be tail-less for the rest of my life”

He's the most charismatic, charming, country creature that ever existed! Mr Fox always outwits his greedy farmer enemies and ensures his family and friends are fed. 

Get the Fantastic Mr Fox costume

The tail is detachable and there are even special squawking chicken sound effects! Hours of foxy fun. 

The BFG, by Roald Dahl


“We is in Dream Country. This is where all dreams is beginning”

The story of Sophie, saved from her miserable life at the orphanage by the Big Friendly Giant. The words Frobscottles, whizzpoppers and snozzcumbers were born in this beautiful book. 

Get the BFG costume 

Your titchy little whippersnapper doesn't need to be seven foot tall to rock this outfit. Just pop the big ear headband on them and they'll be transformed!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl

“A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men”

The story that captures every child’s purest imagination – owning your own chocolate factory! And not just an ordinary, boring, metal one with health and safety restrictions. But a business that’s built by Oompa Loompas and churns out everlasting gob stoppers, lickable wall paper, hot ice cream and invisible candy bars

Get the Willy Wonka costume

Your little one will feel like they’ve won the golden ticket with this wonderfully wacky Willy Wonka outfit. In fact technically they will have - because there's a golden ticket tucked into the brim of the top hat. 

Dennis the Menace, by Hank Ketcham

“I’m bored so I’m sawing the kitchen in half for a laugh”

The adventures of Dennis, his Abyssinian wire-haired tripe hound Gnasher and their battles with all the softies is still going strong in The Beano after 65 years. You probably idolised Dennis in your childhood, but now feel more of an infinity with the long-suffering parents

Get the Dennis the Menace costume

We apologise now as your mini menace will LOVE this costume. You might not be quite as enthralled with the whoopee cushion and insect toy accessories it comes with.

Little Red Riding Hood, by Charles Perrault

“All the better to see you with, my dear”

We all know the slightly sinister story of Little Red Riding Hood, the wicked wolf and her sickly grandma. The feisty girl who isn’t afraid to walk alone through the woods to deliver a basket of food to her ailing relative. Thankfully these days we have the option of ASDA home delivery.  

Get the Little Red Riding Hood costume

Give your little ‘un the chance to feel like they’re in a fairy-tale with this gorgeous big puffy skirt – perfect for swirling – and red cloaked shawl. 

Where’s Wally, by Martin Handford


Where’s Wally?

Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? Where is he? THERE HE IS!

Get the Where's Wally costume

Boys and girls can enjoy blending into the crowd as Where’s Wally or Where’s Wenda. This outfit has everything they’ll need NOT to be found! 


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