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A Bookseller’s Guide to (a few) Costumes

by Clarissa

Fall is here and sweaters are out in force. The air is crisp and the leaves are starting to turn, setting the mood for my favorite holiday - Halloween!

That means COSTUMES. As happens every year I have about a million ideas of who I want to be and 90% of them are book characters! The challenge however, is to find the delicate balance between a character people will actually recognize, and one that everyone under the sun won’t be dressing up as.

A challenge indeed.




Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty ill. by David Roberts - How cute this costume would be! Not to mention super easy: polka dot dress, pig tails, goggles, plastic gloves, polka dot socks and some cute shoes. Oh and don’t forget the note pad, pencil and QUESTIONS!



Peter Brown, author of many delightful picture books graced us earlier this year with his first middle grade novel Wild Robot. Who wouldn’t want to be a robot for Halloween?! In the story Roz, a robot stranded on an island, adopts a little duckling and raises him with the help of her new forest friends. You could go delightfully old school with lots of tin foil and cardboard, then add in a cute stuffed duckling and away you go! What fun!



Now this next one would be a labor of love but boy would it be worth it! Tony DiTerlizzi is author and illustrator of one of my all time favorite books The Search for WondLa, the first in a very delightful trilogy. A futuristic sci-fi adventure for middle grades (and everyone else!), this would be a challenging costume sure to turn heads.

SOMEDAY I will have sewing skills good enough to tackle this costume with all my heart. Luckily, the whole trilogy is chock-full of gorgeous illustrations so there is a lot of material to work from!



I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen- who doesn’t want to be a grumpy bear for Halloween? Add a red triangle hat and away you go!



I could go on for days with all the ideas running around in my busy head, but I leave it up to you to check out these few more: The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers, The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Ms. Marvel, Wings of Fire (if your up for being a DRAGON, I personally would go for being a Rain Wing)

Good luck and happy costuming!

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