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SORTED: Here's 19 genius Book Week 2019 costumes for the time-strapped parent.

Book Week 2019 is almost upon us and yes, that means organising a costume for your child/children.

Running from August 17-23, it’s time to get a Book Week 2019 costume sorted because you’ll need to allow enough time for glue to dry and highly flammable children’s costumes to arrive in the post.

The perfect Book Week costume has to be a few things: not a dud, age appropriate, obvious enough people will recognise it and not too much of a time suck. Oh, and it’d be great if it didn’t cost more than a family day at the movies.

Side note – if you need a laugh to get you through Book Week prep, here’s a video of things mums never, ever say. Post continues after video.

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Thankfully, this year’s theme is on your side. The Book Week 2019 theme is: Reading is My Secret Power. This is truly excellent news for you because… superhero costumes.

If you’re time-strapped and would rather be doing anything else than protecting your child’s social standing by ensuring their Book Week costume is not lame, we’ve sorted 19 Book Week costume ideas to suit the 2019 theme.

P.S. It’s 2019 and boy/girl costumes are a thing of the past! Don’t be worried about a character’s gender, your kids can go as whomever they want.

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Book Week 2019 costumes and ideas.

1. Harry Potter.

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Draw a lightning bolt on your kid’s forehead, chuck on some glasses and find a decent looking stick for a wand, and you’ve got Harry Potter. Some school uniforms already resemble the Hogwarts getup, or you can find a million Harry Potter costumes online.

Dobby is even easier because it’s literally… a sheet.

2. Captain Underpants.

 

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The goods for this costume are likely already in someone’s wardrobe at home.

Leggings, a big ole pair of undies, a white top if it’s chilly, and something red or blue that could be tied up to look like a cape. You could also buy a generic cape that will work for many Book Week costumes to come.

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3. Wonder Woman.

 

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Gal Gadot has made Wonder Woman cool in recent years. Probably best to Google ‘Wonder Woman costumes’ for this one, or go for red and blue thermals.

4. Bruce Bogtrotter in Matilda.

 

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It’s a bit rogue, but this costume might make your child the most popular thing since roll ups because it involves cake.

Grab a cheap chocolate mud cake from the supermarket, smoosh a bit on their face and you’re out the door.

5. Thor.

 

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Thor is arguably one of the coolest superheroes around right now.

A blonde wig is easy enough to find, and you can even make a (very safe) hammer out of a paper towel roll and a cardboard box. There’s Saturday afternoon’s craft activity sorted.

6. Spiderman.

 

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Same deal as above. Red thermals with spiderwebs drawn in a permanent marker, or buy a costume online.

7. Little Red Riding Hood.

 

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All you need is a red cape.

Only potential issue is: a class full of Little Red Riding Hoods cooooould veer into Handmaid’s Tale territory…

8. Matilda.

 

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Matilda is the definition of book superpowers! A blue dress, pigtails, glasses and a book will do it. Bonus points if you fill a little trolley with books your child can pull behind them.

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9. Iron Man.

 

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Again. Just buy it.

10. Hermione Granger.

 

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Hermione is obviously the real hero in Harry Potter. Go to town on long hair with a teasing comb and hair spray (or a brunette wig if you want to avoid brushing it all out later).

11. The Little Mermaid.

 

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Red wigs are everywhere right now thanks to Disney announcing a live-action Little Mermaid remake. Bring back the star bikini top (over the top of a t-shirt, to be safe).

12. Frida Kahlo.

 

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Frida Kahlo can be done respectably – she features in Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. You can pick up a flower crown from most stores like Spotlight or even some fashion shops, and you likely already own an eyebrow pencil to draw a beautiful monobrow.

13. Baby Shark.

 

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OK, technically not a book. But there isn’t a child or parent on Earth who (regrettably) won’t get the Baby Shark reference. Shark cut outs made from cardboard could work, or even a shark hat and a diaper on the bottom for a touch of irony.

14. Cruella de Vil.

 

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How cool do Cruella de Vil costumes look?! So much sass.

15. Willy Wonka.

 

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You can find Willy Wonka costumes online, or get creative with chocolate bar wrappers, gold cardboard, a cane and a purple blazer.

16. Cat in the Hat.

 

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Cat in the Hat is an absolute Book Week classic. Aside from buying a ready-made costume, a black cat onesie with a red and white hat made out of coloured cardboard will do. Bonus: the onesie can double as winter pyjamas.

17. Dumbledore.

 

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Again, another classic! Try a black dressing gown or poncho (or sheet??), a beard made out of cotton wool, a pointy witch hat and a stick/novelty wand.

18. The Incredibles.

 

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All it takes to be an Incredible is matching red leggings and a long sleeve top, a black belt, black socks and a big ‘I’ stuck to the chest. Done.

19. An actual… book.

 

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Finally, you could print out your child’s favourite book cover on A3 paper, stick it on some cardboard or on a cardboard box, paint the back and cut out some head/arm holes.

Good luck and Godspeed.

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