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Worldbookday Amscan


01908 288 500 | www.amscan.co.uk Amscan offers World Book Day-inspired dress- up lines which add to the overall experience of the day. Amscan’s range includes Goldilocks, which comes complete with a dress with attached apron, print and bow detailing. The Little Red Riding Hood outfi t features a dress with attached apron, print apron and hooded cape. Amscan’s dragon costume consists of a hooded tabard with head, back and tail detailing. There is a knight of the realm costume featuring trousers with a top and hood. A queen outfi t comes complete with a dress with puff sleeves and collar detailing and a crown, while the king has a velcro-fastened cape with trim detailing and a crown. The royal prince costume comes with a top with print, belt and sash detail trousers and a hat, and a bride outfi t comes with a dress with lace and sequin detail, and a tiara with veil attached. Amscan’s policeman and fi reman outfi ts feature a top, trousers and hat, and its doctor outfi t consists of a lab coat and stethoscope. Amscan also offers face paints as the fi nishing touch for any fancy dress occasion. Amscan’s online catalogues showcase the company’s latest ideas and products.


Rainbow Designs


01329 227 300 | www.rainbowdesigns.co.uk The new Eric Carle Make & Play Mask Set stars the characters from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a children’s literary classic designed, written and illustrated by Eric Carle and fi rst published over 40 years ago. The world- renowned picture book has been translated into over 50 languages and sold over 33m copies worldwide. Rainbow’s set contains pieces to create The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Butterfl y masks in colour and detail.


Gibsons Games Asobi


01628 200 077 | www.asobi.co.uk Alice’s Bear Shop is the creation of Rikey Austin, an illustrator and one of the country’s most signifi cant teddy bear designers. The bears were originally based on a collection of her own bedtime stories in which Alice, the main character, could talk to her teddy bears. Asobi is the UK distributor of


Alice’s Bear Shop, a collection of teddy bears created from a series of eight books; characters include Tat, Woodroffe, Cobby Ting, Sandy, Tilly, Captain, Alice’s cat and Chunky the dog. The bears have not been available since 2007, but the complete family is now available again through Asobi.


020 8661 8866 | www.gibsonsgames.co.uk In preparation for the annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading, January 2014 will see the launch of children’s jigsaw puzzles based on the Roald Dahl books. With 14 famous p ublications of children’s fi ction to choose from, Gibsons will release two children’s jigsaws that feature characters from The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The launch of the jigsaws in 2014 will also coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


The Puppet Company 56 Toyworld


01462 446 040 | www.thepuppetcompany.com The Puppet Company Traditional Story Sets were developed by company directors Peter and Sue Lockey, who drew on their backgrounds in children’s education to produce an engaging collection which would encourage understanding and enjoyment of stories. There are nine sets available, including Cinderella, The Ginger Bread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Nursery Rhymes (a selection of six well-known nursery rhymes), Sleeping Beauty, The Billy Goats Gruff and The Three Little Pigs. Each set comes in a colourful gift box and contains an illustrated hardback book accompanied by a selection of soft plush fi nger puppets. Using the puppets alongside these classic tales is an ideal way to actively involve children in the plot and to encourage them to create new adventures for the characters.


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