A much loved children’s novel written by Roald Dahl in 1961, James and the Giant Peach is the story of a young orphan boy who enters a magically giant peach, where he meets seven just as giant insects, the 8 of them together taking an adventure across the world in the peach!
Did you know: James and the giant peach was originally penned as James and the Giant Cherry, but was changed by Dahl, who said a peach was “prettier, bigger and squishier than a cherry” and the Giant Peach is the story of a young orphan boy who enters a magically giant peach, where he meets seven just as giant insects, the 8 of them together taking an adventure across the world in the peach!
Also made into a live action and stop-motion movie by Disney in the nineties, which was produced by Tim Burton, James and the Giant Peach was nominated for an Academy Award, and won Best Animated Feature Film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
There are lots of options for James and the Giant Peach fancy dress. With the options of James Henry Trotter, any of the male insects (Mr. Grasshopper, Mr. Centipede or Earthworm), or even the peach itself!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, another Roald Dahl classic, is probably one of the most famous works by the author, having been adapted many times into movies (like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the cult classic featuring Gene Wilder, and more recently, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp), and even a stage musical London’s West End.
The story is about Charlie Bucket, a boy from a poor family, who wins a Golden Ticket to enter the mysterious Willy Wonkas chocolate Factory, where – along with 4 other ticket winners and their parents – they take a tour of the bizarre and truly unique factory, loosing kids along the way.
The most popular costume choices for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are Willy Wonka himself, and his workers, the Oompa Loompas (whom Willy Wonka claims to have saved from the Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers, and Snozzwangers of Loompaland in West Africa). Other characters that could be replicated include: Charlie Bucket, in poorer clothes and baring his golden ticket, Augustus Gloop, the greedier, fatter child of the bunch, or Mike Teevee described as ‘a boy who does nothing but watch television’.
As a series that got a whole generation reading, Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling is one of the biggest selling children books of all time, now with 7 novels, 3 spin off books, 8 blockbuster movies, a theme park and a studio tour.
Did you know: The use of a pen name was suggested to her by her publisher, Barry Cunningham, who thought that young boys might be put off if they knew it was written by a woman. The ’J’ in J.K.Rowling stands for Joanne, her first name, and the ‘K’ for ‘Kathleen’, her grandmothers name.
With a whole wizarding world to choose from, there are countless options for Harry Potter Book Day costumes. Whether you opt for the title character, Harry Potter with his Hogwarts robe, glasses and lightning bolt scar, Harry best friend, Ron Weasley, notorious for his ginger hair, Lord Voldemort He Who Must Not Be Name, in a black wizards robe with grey, ghostly skin, or one of his Death Eaters, Professor Dumbledore, in a long white wig and beard, you could even go as Harry in his Quidditch Uniform, or just a Hogwarts student of your choice from one of the following houses:
Gryffindor: Gryffindor values courage, bravery, daring and chivalry. Founded by Godric Gryffindor, their representative animal is a Lion, the Head of House is transfiguration professor, Minerva McGonagall, and House Ghost, Nearly Headless Nick. Gryffindor colours are Red and Yellow/Gold. Notable pupils include: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Fred and George Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Seamus Finnegan and Dean Thomas.
Ravenclaw: Ravenclaws are known for their intelligence, creativity and whit. Founded by Rowena Ravenclaw, their mascot is a Raven, the head of House is Charms Professor, Filius Flitwich, and the house ghost is The Grey Lady (Secretly Helena Ravenclaw, the founders’ daughter). colours are Blue and Grey/Silver. Notable students include: Roger Davis, Terry Boot and Gilderoy Lockhart.
Hufflepuff: Hufflepuff house pupils are hardworking, patient, just and loyal. Founded by Helga Hufflepuff, their mascot is a badger. Head of House is Herbology Professor, Pomona Sprout, and their house ghost is the Fat Friar. Their house colouts are Yellow and Black. Prominent pupils include: Cedric Diggory, Zacharias Smith and Ernie MacMillan.
Slytherin: Pupils in Slytherin are Resourceful, cunning, ambitious, show leadership skills and are often pure blood. Founded by Salazar Slytherin, their house mascot is a Serpent. The head of house is Potions Professor, Severus Snape, and the Ghost of Slytherin is the Bloody Barron. Slytherin colours are Green and Grey/Silver. Notable Slytherin pupils include: Draco Malfoy, Gregory Goyle, Vincent Crabbe and Tom Riddle.
Fantastic Mr Fox
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is a story about the clever and sneaky Mr.Fox.
Every night he sneaks from their burrow to one of three farms to snatch livestock to feed his family. Unfortunately for Mr Fox, the three farmers (Boggis, Bunce, and Bean) soon grow sick of their livestock being stolen, and of Mr Fox outsmarting them and avoiding their traps, so set out to kill him. Settling themselves with guns pointed at the entrance to the burrow, they wait for him to emerge. Trapped and starving, mr fox devises a plan. With a little help from some friends, they burrow right underneath the three farmers and to their farms!
Since the book was release, there was also a stop-motion animated movie made of the film in 2009, staring George Clooney as Mr Fox, Meryl Streep as Mrs Fox, Owen Wilson as Coach Skip, Bill Murray as Clive Badger and Michael Gambon as Bean.
Fantastic Mr Fox is usually depicted as a fox wearing human clothes, so can quite easily be replicated on a budget with some homemade fox ears, a tail and your own clothes. Alternatively, get it ready done with this Fantastic Mr Fox Costume. You could also become Boggis, Bunce or Bean for the day, or choose one of Mr Fox’s friends.