Surviving World Book Day!

Twitter has given me great comfort this year as I really dread the arrival of World Book Day and clearly I am not alone! Every year, I panic about what costumes to pick and worry about the fact that children’s costumes are never that great.  We usually cobble something together and heave a large sigh of relief when they are all finally dropped off at school.  We usually then have the run down of who won and the disappointment that they didn’t and I always think that next year I will be more organised.  Next year will be better.  But it never is.  I get the letter and the whole cycle starts again.

The problem is that I am not very creative. I can sew a bit but not enough to make a whole costume and I never have good or original ideas. We have a house full of books and the boys are avid readers but I can never think of anything. I always look around the playground at the vast array of costumes and groan inwardly when I see how good and often simple some of them are. Do I remember any of them the following year? Sadly not!

This year my eight year old son decided to be Oliver Moon. If you have never come across Oliver Moon, they are a series of books about a young wizard. Luckily, we were able to wear jeans and a t-shirt with a hat and cape from the Halloween bag and we made a wand from some black card. Simple. My six year old wanted to wear his beloved Darth Vader costume. Although technically Star Wars is a film rather than a book, I wasn’t going to argue with him as it meant no effort at all, other than dressing him and digging out a light sabre. A is only two and wanted to dress up like her brothers. She was Winnie the Witch as we had been given a witches costume a couple of weeks ago.

I think World Book Day is a fantastic thing. I have talked before about how important it is to encourage children to read and anything that promotes children’s reading is a brilliant thing. However, schools also have to understand that some parents struggle with a several year succession of dressing up outfits. Rarely do children in pre-bought outfits win a prize and I understand why, but for some people it is the only option.   There must be other ways to promote World Book Day. Perhaps schools could do dress up days every two years to take the pressure off.

So which costumes inspired me this year? My absolute favourite was The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Green sleeping bag as the body with pipe cleaners antennae and a paper plate painted red with the eyes cut out for the face.  Another really good one was Sponge Bob Square Pants with the body made out of a large box.  Mr Strong made out of two large squares of red card which were tied together with string which went over the shoulders and the face drawn onto the front piece.  There were some brilliant costumes and I am definitely going to try and be more organised and more creative next year!  I will let you know.

Now onto the next horror – Easter bonnets ….

Our effort for this year!


  1. March 5, 2012 / 11:38 am

    I think you did very well. My son dressed as Harry Potter (we had the costume, so nice and easy). However, the last part of your blog has served as a painful reminder of things to come, namely Easter bonnets! Don’t know about you, but the Easter bonnet challenge seems to bring the competitive mums out in force. When will they realise it’s not couture?!

    • March 5, 2012 / 12:47 pm

      It really does! My kids are genuinely embarrassed by my bonnet efforts as some of the school ones look professionally made!! I think I dread Easter bonnets more than World Book Day actually …

  2. March 5, 2012 / 12:07 pm

    I would say you have done brilliantly! I have seen so many great costumes over the last few days – i have all this to come and my sewing skills are not great!! X

    • March 5, 2012 / 12:48 pm

      Thank you , that’s kind of you! I’m not sure my children would agree! x

  3. SusanKMann
    March 5, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    I think you did great. Well done x

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