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Last-minute World Book Day costume ideas – from potato characters to Gangster Granny

WORLD Book Day is celebrated tomorrow but if you’re a parent who hasn’t cobbled together an outfit, fear not as there’s still time. 

The global event, taking place on March 4, encourages children around the world to ‘come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure’. 

The website said: “In 2021 World Book Day, just like everything else, will be different. 

“We’ve adapted to make sure that World Book Day sends a powerful and positive message about books and reading, even in lockdown.”

The team have instead put together a new World Book Day Book Club and Share a Story corner, and lined up a selection of £1 books for 2021. 

And they’ve also set up an Author & Illustrator Academy, with videos, and a series of Share a Story Live Events are taking place at 10.30am tomorrow.

To mark the event children usually dress up as their favourite literary character, or create one from scratch. 

If you’ve left an outfit or a creation until the last minute, we’ve rounded up some ideas which you can rustle up using what you’ve got at home. 

Potatoes have become a staple of the event, with kids and parents decorating spuds to look like the heroes from their favourite books. 

It’s easy to do and hopefully you’ll have one lying around in the back of your cupboard.


You’ll need some paint, felt tips or colouring pens, while it also helps to have some googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms and a glue gun.

But if the cupboards are bare, you can always grab a Sharpie, draw on some glasses and a lighting bolt scar for Harry Potter instead. 

If you’ve got a blue colour, you can easily make Mr Bump from the popular Mr Men series, as all you need is some loo roll to wrap around to create his bandages. 

Depending on the shade of your potato, you could get away with drawing on tiger stripes with a black pen to recreate the animal from The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

If your little one is adamant they want to dress up themselves, here’s a few ideas you could cobble together from what you’ve got in your wardrobe. 

David Walliams’ Gangster Granny is a good place to start, as all you need is to pull it off is a cardigan, a long skirt, and ideally a pair of glasses. 

Pop your child’s hair up into a bun with some long socks, and tell them to start shuffling. 

If you’re a fan of lavender and purple, dress your child in head to toe in these shades and voilà - they’re Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 

Or grab a red-and-white striped top and draw on some glasses to create Where’s Wally, or have them wear their dressing down to be Grandma Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood. 

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