Other parents love the whole creative process and look forward to putting their glue gun and crafting skills to the test.
And while many parents might already have a thoughtful book week outfit ready to go, I am usually scrolling Pinterest at 4pm on Sunday for day-before costume inspiration. Or dusting off the Harry Potter cloak and glasses for the fifth time...
This year, I thought I'd pre-empt my last-minute panic by sharing these 24 awesome and (mostly) simple costume ideas ahead of Book Week 2023.
From making a quick mask out of a cereal packet to using an existing red T-shirt, there's something to inspire even the least creative among us!
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1. Mr Tickle.
A nice simple orange or peach pair of pyjamas, a smiley face and you are good to go!
2. Green Sheep.
One for the little kids – some green clothing, ears and plenty of cotton wool!
3. A character from Do Not Open This Book.
Perfect for a last-minute effort if you have a blue long-sleeve shirt and long pants in the wardrobe. This mum then used cardboard to paint a "body" to hang over her son's shoulders.
4. The Smeds and the Smoos.
Another costume that could be whipped up last minute if you have a blue outfit, some blue felt, paint and toilet rolls kicking around at home!