About the Book

Not every kid enjoys dressing up, and not every parent or caregiver wants to argue or stress over costume preparations. This book was created so kids without costumes won’t feel ashamed, naughty, or left out during Book Week.

‘The Kid Without A Costume’ is the perfect companion for Book Week. It reassures young readers that they are clever for wanting to express themselves in their own way and provides them with imaginative stories explaining why they’re not in a fancy costume.

Kids can invent their own story for not wearing a costume or choose from scenarios like: their fairy godmother shrunk it, aliens took it, it was made of candy and ants ate it, it’s actually invisible, and more!

This short, and easy to read illustrated book, is sure to boost confidence and let the young reader know that there is nothing wrong with being themselves!

READ IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT HERE.  Best read on landscape mode or on larger screen.

BUY IT on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/0645607231/

Book Background

I had this concept for a kid’s book a few years ago to tackle one main problem: the stress that surrounds kids, parents, and carers during Book Week.

One of my kids hated Book Week, the other two tolerated it, and it was always a huge drama. Tears, tantrums, trauma, the lot. Some years we let our kids just stay home to avoid it all (and give ourselves a break). And it’s not like they didn’t like reading books – they read plenty, they just hated dressing up; they hated the clothes and simply didn’t want to participate in it. When they did go, they went in school uniform, claiming they forgot but they felt ashamed and left out. A couple of times, they actually got in trouble by their teacher for not dressing up and coming without a book (even though we emailed the teacher explaining why).

So that’s the reason for this book, which I imagine could be purchased by a parents/carers/librarians to give kids, empowering them to not feel ashamed about going as themselves, and to also give them some fun and creative reasons as to why they’re not wearing a costume of sorts during book week.

I would love to know your thoughts on the whole concept, I spoke to a librarian about it last year, and they almost disowned me (in jest) because for them book week was a sacred and important thing, so I realise that not every teacher or early years learning person is going to get it or see the value in it, and for that reason I’m giving you this link, to see what your thoughts are. You might even run it past primary age kids you know – although they may love to dress up for Book Week.

Book Week in Australia isn’t until August 2024, so I have a few months, but I am excited about who the book might be able to help.  It’s the book we wish we had for our child. It is around $20AUD with colour cover as shown and black and white interior, as shown. It’s being sold on Amazon and broader through Ingram Spark.

Feel free to email me at davidtensen@gmail.com with any enquiries.

BUY IT on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/0645607231/

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Poetry Chapel Press (26 March 2024)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 64 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0645607231
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0645607239
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 – 18 years
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 17.78 x 0.38 x 25.4 cm