WORLD BOOK DAY 2018 | ADA, IGGY & ROSIE DRESS-UP TIPS

With World Book Day fast approaching, we wanted to put together our own little tips on how to dress up as the beloved characters created by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, from their bestselling books together:

Who better for dress-up inspiration than this trio of creative, curious and determined kids with big dreams?

1. Ada Twist

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First, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of asking the question ‘Why?’

What you’ll need:

  • Red and white dotted dress (example here)
  • Yellow gloves (find them in any supermarket or hardware store)
  • Plastic lab glasses or goggles (borrow some from school or find online)

Those are the core elements but you can complete the look with long white socks, black T-Bar shoes and a yellow hair bobble. Keep the outfit ready for British Science Week too from 9th-17th March!

2. Rosie Revere

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Lots of wonderful creative people have done their own Rosie Revere DIY outfits. In fact, Bambino Goodies posted a great one today:

‘This was Kitty’s choice last year and reasonably simple. I added striped fabric to the bottom of a plain white dress (using Wonderweb, of course), which she wore with white knee socks and red ballet pumps, bought some red and white spotty fabric for a headscarf and covered a Hogwarts lunchbox we had with blackboard sticker sheets so we could write ROSIE on it. Getting her curls vaguely straight was probably the trickiest bit!’

via ‘ World Book Day Costume Ideas’ on bambinogoodies.co.uk

Another useful guide was put together by Momma, PHD, which also uses hemming tape as the no-sew option for embellishing the bottom of the white t-shirt dress. If you prefer, you can get hold of fabric pens and use masking tape to create a template for the black and red stripes at the bottom of the dress before filling them in together.

What you’ll need: 

  • A white t-shirt (or regular) dress or oversized white t-shirt.
  • Fabric pens + masking tape or hemming tape
  • A red and white dotted strip of fabric for the headscarf
  • Long white socks or tights
  • Red shoes or sandals (optional)

2018 is the Year of Engineering so a great time to inspire the next generation of young engineers!

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3. Iggy Peck

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Iggy loves building things, and he’ll use anything that comes to hand for his creations! He also likes his patterned knitwear. This outfit is harder to DIY but can be put together with some wardrobe essentials.

What you’ll need:

  • A grey or black and white jumper (patterned, fairisle, jacquard or similar)
  • Alternatively you can go with Iggy’s white t-shirt look from later in the book, and tie any jumper around your waist
  • Grey, dark grey or black jeans
  • Green shoes or converse
  • A pencil behind your ear
  • An excellent quiff


We hope you have a wonderful World Book Day!

BREAKING NEWS!

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Abrams Books have just revealed the cover of Andrea Beaty & David Roberts’ NEW book; Ada Twist, Scientist.

Ada Twist, Scientist
Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada has always been hopelessly curious.

Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose?

Why are there hairs growing inside your nose?

She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.

Rosie & Iggy’s new friend will be joining them later this year. Watch this space for more news. 

Summer Reads – Picture Books for 4-6 Year Olds

Despite the weather, the summer is upon us and it is time to find your #‎SummerReads‬!

We are all about getting kids reading here at A&CB, so we would like to introduce you to the BEST of our PICTURE BOOKS to get your little ones reading this summer. First up, an office favourite, Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau.

“A sweet reminder that however different the hats we wear may be, we are united by a common thread” Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau

In a three-story house with a shop down below,

lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.

Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.

In a three-story house with a shop down below,  lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favourite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. Mon dieu! As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy, and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat “knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish.”

From promptly at eight till exactly at four, the hatless but hopeful arrived at her door. Each person was special. Each one of a kind, and perfectly matched to the hat she designed. She made hats for all, from the young to the old, and each left her boutique a sight to behold.

“This is a whimsical and charming book which celebrates creativity, generosity and thoughtfulness from start to finish.” Playing By The Book Blog

Text copyright © 2014 Andrea Beaty
Illustrations copyright © 2014 David Roberts

Our second picture book recommendation is the beautiful Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud.

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Get your kids reading this summer with this over-sized, hide-and-seek gem of a picture book. The Bear’s Song is a richly illustrated, immersive picture book about two bears on a big-city adventure.

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Papa Bear is searching for Little Bear, who has escaped the den. Little Bear is following a bee, because where there are bees, there is honey! When the quest leads both bears into the bustling city and a humming opera house, theatrical hijinks ensue, culminating in a deliciously harmonious reunion.

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Copyright © 2011 by Benjamin Chaud.

Book Three of our #PictureBook #SummerReads list is the unique, beautiful and informative Manfish.

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Once upon a time in France, a baby was born under the summer sun. His parents named him Jacques. As he grew, Jacques fell in love with the sea. He dreamed of breathing beneath the waves and swimming as gracefully as a fish. In fact, he longed to become a manfish.

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne. Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret
Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

 

Jacques Cousteau grew up to become a champion of the seas and one of the best-known oceanographers in the world. In this lovely biography, now in paperback, poetic text and gorgeous paintings come together to create a portrait of Cousteau that is as magical as it is inspiring.

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne. Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret
Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

Text © 2008 by Jennifer Berne.
Illustrations © 2008 by Éric Puybaret

Today we are adding Lately Lily to our #‎SummreReads‬ ‪#‎PictureBook‬ wishlist!

Lily is the perfect companion for your summer holiday.

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Where has Lily been lately? Everywhere! In this heartfelt picture book from illustrator Micah Player, Lily—a world-travelling girl with boundless curiosity—goes on enviable adventures with her best friend Zeborah, travelling by plane, train, boat and even by camel. Whether venturing far away or staying close to home, Lily knows that the joy of discovery is the best way to travel each and every day.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.
Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Copyright © 2014 by Micah Player.

Today we are adding The Museum by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds to our #SummerReads wishlist.

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A glorious celebration of the joy and inspiration (as well as exhaustion) that a trip to the museum can evoke.

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As a little girl tours and twirls through the halls of the art museum, she experiences different emotions motivated by the different styles of art, and when confronted with an empty canvas, she, too, is energized to create and express herself. As Peter Reynolds writes, “This book reminds us that art is meant to cause the audience to feel, and even be challenged and mystified. It is with deep thinking and feeling that we truly experience art.”

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Text copyright © 2013 Susan Verde
Illustrations copyright © 2013 Peter H. Reynolds

Five Questions Monday

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Star of today’s Five Question Monday is Andrea Beaty, the wonderful author behind Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck architect and the brand new Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau!

1.  How do you like your eggs in the morning?

At a diner booth watching the drizzly world go by as I sip hot coffee and riddle over a storyline.

2. What’s your favourite joke?  

The Reverse Knock Knock Joke. You start …

3. What film character are you most like?

The Cowardly Lion. If I only had the noive.

4. What is the first book you ever read?

Dick and Jane. I am old.

5. Would you rather have to greet everyone with a high five or a fist bump for the rest of your life? (imagine fist bumping in an interview!?)  

I would prefer to greet everyone with interpretive dance.

Thank you Andrea, we would LOVE to great everyone with interpretive dance!