With Christmas just around the corner (19 days to go!) it’s time to dive into Christmas shopping! Whether you have the whole lot still to do or just need to pick up a few extras or stocking fillers, we here at allfancydress.com are here to help.
With the ever growing digital generation we think it’s more important than ever to take a step back into simpler times - encourage the kids to put down the tablets and games consoles - and give a book this Christmas.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Not only is reading proven to play a large part in a child’s cognitive development, it’s also shown to improve class performance and behaviour at school.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Reading together can be a wonderful way to spend some quiet time together, Whether it’s a bed time story or an afternoon reading session, you reading to you child or encouraging them to read to you.
“Show me a family of readers and I will show you the people who move the world" ― Napoleon
Even if it’s your little one taking the time to sit quietly and read alone, give them the opportunity to delve into their imaginations and loose themselves in another world for a while.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
So here are some suggestions, just a few of the many thousands of books waiting to be explored.
“If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book.” - ― J.K Rowling
The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas
Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter
Danny wants everything for christmas,
But what he gets is a dinosaur, a very hungry dinosaur.
Danny's new dino eats up all of Christmas, but as we all know, what goes in must come out....
Danny is about to have the most EXPLOSIVE Christmas of his life!
There's poop, presents and prehistoric creatures in this festive feast!
For full immersion, try dressing up as a dinosaur!
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea.
Who could it possibly be?
What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!
How about throwing a tiger’s tea party?
"A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.
A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good."
Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry Gruffalo
"A Gruffalo? What's a Gruffalo?"
"A Gruffalo! Why, didn't you know? He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws."
Take a walk through the woods afterwards, Dressed as the Gruffalo of course!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
“One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”
How about a picnic dressed as the hungry caterpillar?
J. M. Barrie
Come Away! Come Away! The Darling children are tucked up in bed when Peter Pan bursts in to their nursery. Peter and his mischievous fairy Tinkerbell entice Wendy and her brothers (John and George) to fly away with them, second star to the right and straight on till morning and on to Neverland where adventures with mermaids, lost boys and the villainous captain hook await!
Why not don a Peter Pan costume and try building a Wendy House!
The First Hippo on the Moon
Two big hippos, One ENORMOUS dream.
Who can make it to the moon first?
3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .
Why not try to build a rocket of your own? Imagination is key!
Aunt Alberta is on a mission to cheat the young Lady Stella Saxby out of her inheritance – Saxby Hall. But with mischievous and irrepressible Soot, the cockney ghost of a chimney sweep, alongside her Stella is determined to fight back… And sometimes a special friend, however different, is all you need to win through.
A great gift from an auntie. Prove you’re not all that bad after all, not compared to Auntie Alberta!
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
C. S. Lewis
This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!" thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. "I wonder is that more moth balls?" she thought, stooping down to feel it with her hands. But instead of feeling the hard, smooth wood of the floor of the wardrobe, she felt something soft and powdery and extremely cold. "This is very queer," she said, and went on a step or two further...
Evacuee, Lion, Ice Queen/Witch, the fancy dress possibilities are endless for full emersion!
Alice in Wonderland
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
Mad hatters tea party anyone?
Not only does reading stimulate the brain and awaken the imagination, but think how much easier it will be, come Book Day at school instead of wrecking your brains trying to think of any characters you child’s knows, you’ll be flooded with a plethora of favourites! Then the battle will be narrowing it down to just one!
Happy shopping! We’ll leave you with these fine words from the genius that is Roald Dahl.
The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set --
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotised by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink --
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSE IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK -- HE ONLY SEES!
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
THEY ... USED ... TO ... READ! They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens, and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching 'round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it's Penelope.)
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How the Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,
There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks-
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something to read.
And once they start -- oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did”