With our love of books we can’t help but look forward to World Book Day. On the 1st March all three of my boys will be dressing up in school and nursery and I usually spent a fair amount of time trying to coax them into choosing characters that will be perfect for them but also perfect for me when I have to organise a costume. There is so much excitement for them and so much dread for me as start to wonder how we are going to pull together three different outfits for this one day. Luckily this year we were sent three lovely fancy dress costumes from George at Asda Birkenhead. I can breathe a big sigh of relief and I’ve definitely been converted to the ‘buy a costume’ idea. With three children it is SO much easier to buy an outfit for them to wear rather than trying to fashion one. I have absolutely no talent when it comes to sewing so having something ready for them already certainly takes the anxiety out of the day for me.
The range of costumes from George at Asda is brilliant and I was surprised by what exactly you could get. I think they’ve really pushed the boat this year. I let the boys decide what they wanted to be, we had a look on the website at the World Book Day range and they were so excited to see their favourite book characters on there. It took less time that I thought and thankfully they were all certain in what they wanted – we went for Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gruffalo and The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
As soon as the parcel arrived we opened it up and they pulled out the soft stripey tiger and the purple prickled Gruffalo. Having only seen them online I wasn’t sure what to expect but the quality of each outfit is very impressive. Both the Gruffalo and the Tiger costume are £15; they are all-in-ones with easy Velcro openings and detachable tails – these have been a particular highlight for my boys and they are very concerned with making sure they look after their tails. Both have a hood with a brilliant face on the top; they are almost like a soft toy and in fact I think I’ll be hard pushed to separate the costumes from the twins. I can’t get over how good they look on them and we spent a fair amount of time in the mirror so they could admire their stripes and the purple prickles. They look super cute!
The Fantastic Mr Fox outfit is again, good quality. The material is thinner than the all-in-ones so it can go over normal clothes but the details are amazing. It’s made up of separate trousers, jacket (complete with detachable tail), a fabulous mask and even a ‘bag of chickens’ which clucks and wobbles when you press it! This is £16 for the bigger size and I think for that price you just can’t go wrong. We can never be sure how Lucas is going to take to dressing up, sometimes he loves it and other times he just won’t entertain the idea but he is thrilled with this outfit that he can’t wait to wear it to school.
Asda Birkenhead have asked me to rate the costumes using a 1-5 scale with 1 being poor and 5 being superb.
The range I would give a 4 – there is a great deal more than I was expecting and outfits that either boys or girls could wear, they’ve done these costumes so well that I would love to see more.
Value for Money a 4 – for the price the quality is fantastic and they are far more detailed than I expected. Smaller sizes are slightly cheaper but I bought all my boys a size up from their age to be sure that they’d fit and maybe even they’ll get another chance to wear them.
Aesthetics is definitely a 5 – I honestly didn’t expect them to look as good as they do, I cannot fault them at all. I love the extra details like the tails and the bag of chickens for Mr Fox.
Quality a 5 – the all-in-ones are lovely and soft yet feel thick, the colours are vibrant and every costume looks fantastic on. All my boys can easily get in and out of them themselves which makes it easier for school.
Asda have thought of everything with these outfits and have produced a wonderful range for World Book Day. We are on countdown to the 1st March now. You can easily order online or see the range in store and I’d love to know what your little ones are dressing up as for World Book Day?
This post was written in collaboration with Asda.