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Reading is Funny! Comments Off on Reading is Funny!

Posted on March 30, 2016 by Fancy Dress Ball


This Friday is Reading is Funny Day – a day to convince children – and adults – that reading can be just as entertaining as TV or video games. Perhaps even more so! To celebrate, here are our top five funny children’s books…

1. The Book with No Pictures – this book has (surprisingly) no pictures. Instead, the idea is that the reader must read out every word in the book… even if the words say BLORK or MY HEAD IS MADE OF BLUEBERRY PIZZA! A fantastic read for people of all ages – especially those who like to make funny noises or speak in a funny voice.

2. Fox in Socks – Everyone loves Dr Seuss, and we could have chosen any of his books to add to this list – but there’s just something hilarious about reading Fox in Socks out loud. It’s filled with delightfully ridiculous and convoluted tongue twisters that you’re guaranteed to stumble over. And everyone knows the fun is in the stumbling!

3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – The bus driver is taking a break, and he’s leaving you in charge of the bus. The one rule? Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus! But the pigeon has big dreams of becoming a bus driver… can he convince you to le thim drive the bus?

4. Silly Verse for Kids by Spike Milligan – Never underestimate the power of Spike Milligan to bring audiences of all ages to their knees with giggles. If you don’t still smirk when you hear the words on the Ning Nang Nong… there’s something very wrong with you.

5. The Twits – We could have chosen any of Roald Dahl’s books, couldn’t we! If they were submitted to a publisher today, how many of his books would actually be accepted? Dahl’s books are actually incredibly dark, and The Twits is no exception – but the characters are also delightfully disgusting, and children love disgusting don’t they!


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Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes Comments Off on Teacher’s guide to World Book Day costumes

Posted on February 10, 2014 by admin

Reading a book at the beach

During these chilly wintery months, there’s no better time to cosy up with a great book and revisit your favourite characters. The 6th March is World Book Day and to celebrate our love of literature, schools across the globe will be encouraging kids and teachers alike to spend the day as their favourite character.

If you’re a teacher struggling for ideas for this year’s costume, then let Fancy Dress Ball be your source of inspiration. We’ve got loads of clever character ideas to help you put together a winning costume for this year’s WBD.

Fantastic Mr Fox

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Roald Dahl was famous for creating dynamic and imaginative characters. Check out these excellent Fantastic Mr Fox costumes which use Wes Anderson’s characters from the big screen adaptation for inspiration.

Oompa Loompa

Another Roald Dahl inspired costume are the Oomap Loompa’s from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Once you’ve got your costume sorted, check out this excellent video tutorial from Pinkstylist who show’s you just how to get that orange Oompa Loompa make-up just right!

Mary Poppins

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Just a spoonful of sugar and a dash of creativity and you can transform yourself into PL Travers’ beloved magical nanny. This costume is a simple one to throw together, and effectively finished with the right make-up and hair. Check out this brilliant video tutorial from JoeyBBugg, to help you finish your look.

Pippi Longstocking

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Created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking is one fictional character who never goes out of style on World Book Day. The trickiest part of the Longstocking look is achieving those gravity-defying pigtails. One suggested method is to use wire in your braids to hold them upright.

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If you’re worried about having headache-inducing pigtails during a full day of teaching, then why not consider these stunning fishtail plaits instead?

Elizabeth Bennet

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If you’re going for a more classic character, then Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet is a simple and timeless look that can easily be achieved. Finish this look with a stunning hairstyle of loose curls.

Got some great ideas for your character costume this World Book Day? Why not share them over on our Facebook page!

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