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Create a Costume!

First Second. (Maker Comics). Aug. 2019. 128p. glossary. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250152077; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781250152084.
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Gr 5 Up–This latest volume in the “Maker Comic” graphic novel series (which includes Bake Like a Pro and Fix a Car) looks at cosplay, or the practice of dressing like a favorite character from a TV show, film, or comic book. A comic convention is just a few weeks away, and pals Bea and Parker want to attend and look the part without spending a lot of money. With the help of a cute, knowledgeable hamster named Costume Critter, Bea and Parker learn how to design, sew, and make robes, capes, emblems, utility belts, and other costumes and accessories. This blend of fictional story and instructional manual features clear instructions and illustrations and a positive message about body positivity and the importance of confidence in cosplaying. A glossary and a measurement conversion table round out this slim volume that’s packed with information.
VERDICT A must for school and public libraries looking to encourage maker culture through cosplay. Middle to high school students interested in costume design and cosplay will appreciate this selection.

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