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World Book Day costume ideas

Celebrate World Book Day with these brilliant book character costume ideas and free downloadable activities.

Adam Butters/Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Spaghetti-Hoop Boy

Adam Butters, the hero of Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy, lives on planet Earth. He likes eating spaghetti hoops and has decided he’s going to be a superhero because his mum needs cheering up. Everyone loves superheroes, they solve problems and make people happy.   

Find out more about Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

To dress up as Spaghetti-Hoop Boy, you will need:

  • An old grey t-shirt
  • Orange paint to decorate your t-shirt with a big round circle or ‘O’ to represent a spaghetti-hoop
  • A black eye mask to disguise yourself on missions
  • A red cape or small blanket pinned with a safety-pin (you may need to ask an adult to help you with this!) to the clothing label of the t-shirt

Lily Hartman

Lily Hartman (Cogheart)

Lily is the main character in the gripping Victorian adventure Cogheart. When her father goes missing and silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows, she and her friend Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, the mechanical fox are plunged into a murky and menacing world.

Find out more about Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

To dress up as Lily, you will need:

  • A green dress with black leggings or tights
  • A brown coat or jacket
  • A pair of brown shoes or boots
  • A cuddly toy fox to represent Malkin, her grumpy but faithful companion!

Axelle Anderson

Axelle Anderson (Model Under Cover)

Sixteen-year-old Axelle Anderson is fashion’s most stylish detective. Despite her model looks and fashion-obsessed family, all Axelle wants to do is solve mysteries. Nevertheless, clothes are still an essential part of Axelle’s fashion detective’s kit – combining practicality with style!

Find out more about the Model Undercover series by Carina Axelsson.

To dress up as Axelle, you will need:

  • A trench coat – trench coats are light and easy to pack in a suitcase and make it easy to blend into a crowd
  • Converse/trainers or any kind of ‘getaway’ shoes – even though Axelle goes to some glitzy fashion parties, she always needs to be ready to chase after a suspect or even be chased herself!
  • Glasses – these really make a difference when the time comes to go undercover! Download and make your own glasses using the activity sheet below.
Axelle Anderson glasses

Axelle Anderson glasses

Go undercover with a pair of glasses – the perfect accessory for fashion detectives! Here’s Model Undercover author Carina Axelsson to show you just how easy it is to copy Axelle’s look.

Carina Axelsson

More free downloadable activities

Spaghetti-Hoop Boy door hangers

Spaghetti-Hoop Boy door hangers

What's your superhero name? Make your own superhero door hanger to keep villains from knocking.

Cogheart bookmark

Cogheart bookmark

Download and create this beautiful Cogheart bookmark – so you need never lose your place in your book again!