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Hats off for some great Book Day dress-up ideas; susan lee suggests top tips for those who are still looking for inspiration.

IT'S World Book Day tomorrow, and a pound to a penny there are mums and dads out there who haven't given a thought to that all-important costume.

If you've tried the supermarket, but their favourite character is all sold out, there's still time to raid the old clothes at the back of the wardrobe and the dressing-up box.

Annie If you're looking for a colourful character to dress up as, look no further than the lovable Annie.

She's fun, adorable and she can sing - what more do you want? The cheeky little orphan will be perfect for your little girl, especially if she's got lovely, curly red hair.

If not, you'll need a wig and a red dress with white collar, tights and black shoes. You could also use a stuffed toy dog to stand in as Sandy and complete the look.

Where's Wally? There's bound to be a stripy jumper at the back of the wardrobe you can use for this costume.

Where's Wally? is a favourite on World Book Day. The series of books, by English illustrator Martin Hanford, captured the world's imagination back in 1987 and still do today.

For the look, you will need a white and red striped jumper, a bobble hat, black pants and some roundrimmed glasses. If you don't have a stripy jumper, why not tape some red stripes across a white T-shirt.

Alice in Wonderland celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, so this is a rather fitting costume for World Book Day.

The children's classic by Lewis Carroll sees Alice unintentionally embark on an underground adventure when she accidentally falls down a rabbit hole into Wonderland.

In the sequel to the popular novel, she steps through a mirror into the Looking-Glass land.

For this costume, you need a blue dress with a white apron or tabard, and a black Alice hairband.

Harry Potter Every kid wants to be a witch or wizard - who wouldn't want to be able to do magic? The Harry Potter series, by JK Rowling, shows no sign of slowing down, with the prequel to the film series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being released later this year.

For the costume, you will need a school uniform, a make-up pencil to draw a bolt of lightning on your child's forehead, a red and yellow striped tie or scarf, roundrimmed glasses and a wand.

Paddington Bear The spectacle bear from Darkest Peru, with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches, was found at Paddington station by the Brown family who took him home.

The Paddington books have been translated into 30 languages across 70 titles and sold more than 30m copies worldwide.

You will need a blue duffel coat for the costume, a red or black hat, red welly boots and an old suitcase and maybe a few marmalade sandwiches!

Angelina Ballerina This a great one if your little one is a dancer.

Angelina Ballerina is a cartoon mouse who loves to dance and featured in more than 20 books before the book was made into an animated series. You will need a pink tutu and pink pumps, a pink hair bow and some pink face paint.

You can even cut out some pink ears from a piece of card and tape them to a hairband to finish off the costume.


Why not dress your little one as Annie?

Who could fail to love being Paddington Bear?

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 28, 2018
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