Dear Mummy, I’m a massive fan of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks so I couldn’t wait to bring their book, Sharing A Shell, to life for World Book Day!
Sharing A Shell is one of my favourite books written by Julia Donaldson. It’s about a little hermit crab who finds a shiny new shell. But he doesn’t want to share it – not with a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. I love how the three creatures find a way to get along and live happily together. A bit like me and my folks!!
The illustrations by Lydia Monks are bright and eye-catching and perfect for a costume! Thankfully a lot of the items we needed to make the costume were already in our house. We re-used delivery boxes and packaging (from all my toy reviews) which keep the costs down. Bought cheap paint from The Works (Acrylic paint worked the best for coverage) and had pipe cleaners already for the characters. Extra bits like the black marker pens, purple foam and glittery paper was from Hobbycraft and we cut up yellow mustard tights to make the Bristleworm.
My mummy has a glue gun, so she helped me stick everything together. I even drafted how I wanted the costume to look! I had fun painting the shell and decorating the characters from the story. Check out my video to see me making it!
So what do you think! My friends at school thought it was pretty ace – it even made it onto CBBC Newsround! (see my InstaStories) The nice thing is that I’m still playing with it at home and found that there’s a lot of people that now want to share my shell with me! Kids and cardboard boxes eh?!
I hope this gives you some inspiration for next years costume!
Love Bella x
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