to think school can shove their cocking badger costume up their cocking arses, and never ever ever again provide the stupid costumes they demand?

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I had a great big ranty thread last week about school sending me a letter asking me to send my 10yr old DD dressed as a badger for World Book Day.

Well. I came up with a badger costume, thanks to MN, a printed out mask, and a nasty shaggy grey fake fur thing from the hospice shop.

And then I bribed DD to wear it, as, being 10, it wasn't exactly her idea of fun.

And then the class acted out an extract from the book (Fantastic Mr Fox) that didn't even HAVE ANY FUCKING BADGERS IN IT and DD had to narrate from the sidelines instead, and the little girl from Yr 1 who had also been asked to be a badger had to sit out.

WTactualF angry

BandersnatchCummerbund Sat 09-Mar-13 13:01:49

Is it REALLY bad that I am absolutely PMSL at this? blush

YANBU.

Have you complained?

woopsidaisy Sat 09-Mar-13 13:03:02

I had never heard of WBD until last year on MN. Sounds life alas of trouble and strife to me. Our school have a book fair over the week, you get a voucher and can buy a book if you want. It is in the library so can be avoided.
Feel sorry for you and DD, what a waste of time.

AngelWreakinHavoc Sat 09-Mar-13 13:03:21

I would be seriously pissed off with that too. no advice I'm afraid though other than tell the teacher how pissed off upset you are about this.

Tryharder Sat 09-Mar-13 13:03:58

LOL.

YANBU.

Can't you write a sarcastic note for the teacher, saying what you put here (without the swearing obviously)

OhdearIquit Sat 09-Mar-13 13:04:16

Ya so nbu. I dread dd starting school and me having to create stupid costumes!

Maryz Sat 09-Mar-13 13:04:30

I suspect this will be one of those rare AIBUs where every poster will agree that you are not being unreasonable at all but it is still funny grin

This World Book Day seems to be invented to put children off books, from what I can see.

AngelWreakinHavoc Sat 09-Mar-13 13:05:18

All these days are getting beyond a joke now, Last week it was 'hat' day, This week 'WBD' next week it is friggin 'Rainbow' day.

Its bloody hard work and is costing a fortune!

I only found out today as DD went home with a friend after school yesterday and I've just got back from picking her up.

Feel free to PYSL grin I probably will do once I get over the sheer wankiness of it all.

CookieLady Sat 09-Mar-13 13:07:27

Lol. YANBU.

BandersnatchCummerbund Sat 09-Mar-13 13:08:21
AngelWreakinHavoc Sat 09-Mar-13 13:08:35

I think next world book day i'm going to send the kids in dressed as themselves with their red develpment books from when they were babies in hand.

Magimedi Sat 09-Mar-13 13:10:32

YANBU & I do feel sorry for your DD.

But as soon as I read 'cocking badgers' I started sniggering.

You have every right to be pissed off but you have a great way of writing wittily!

Maybe she can just be a badger for every school occasion from here on in.

That should be fun when the Nativity rolls around. She could be a Wise Badger or the Virgin Badger (accessorised with crown or halo, obv.)

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sat 09-Mar-13 13:16:30

Oh dear

<tries to stifle laughter>
<fails>

Polgara2 Sat 09-Mar-13 13:16:37

Fantastic thread title, gave me a much needed chuckle.
Totally agree with you, hated wbd and am soooooo glad my dc are at high school and past all that. Own clothes day now that's a different story.......... grin

Maryz Sat 09-Mar-13 13:19:32

A badger wouldn't be out of place in some of the nativities described on here.

I don't get why they have to be so prescriptive about what children wear - surely the whole point of reading is to spark imagination, not to insist on sticking to a certain theme. It's ridiculous.

Flossiechops Sat 09-Mar-13 13:22:08

Yanbu really you aren't. The wbd thing was a bloody farce at our school. The kids didn't even read any fecking books. Next day ds had to dress as a fecking roman, the shame I felt when ds went into the playground wearing a badly cut up white sheet. It became quickly apparent all the other parents had taken it much more seriously and their dc looked amazing. Last week dd had to be a Viking now next week it's Comic Relief. It's got beyond a joke tbh and I think schools ask for too much!

hiddenhome Sat 09-Mar-13 13:30:42

Why do you have to dress up in order to take an interest in books? Ds2's school never do any of this nonsense and ds2 loves books. I don't think kids are suddenly going to begin begging their parents to take them to the library or visit bookstores just because of some silly costume they've had to wear at school. Children inherit their love of books from parents mainly and also other family members. If there aint a book in the house, then no amount of dressing up or receiving a £1 book token is going to change that.

I think parents should boycott all these gimmicky dressing up days. It must be causing anguish to poorer families and people who are stressed out, bereaved, sick or otherwise occupied with important issues.

Takver Sat 09-Mar-13 13:36:24

Move to Wales! All DD's school ever does is St David's Day, the costume never changes, and if you don't like dressing up you can wear a Wales rugby shirt or pin on a daff & you've done your bit grin

Takver, that's tempting. We are only about 100 yards from Wales anyway!

I'd happily move countries to get away from fancy dress tyranny.

LadySybilPussPolham Sat 09-Mar-13 13:49:27

Thank fuck our school was closed for teacher training. I do love use of the word 'cocking' though grin

This is why I am glad all mine are in senior school - no more stupid dress up days. YANB-at-all-U to be spitting tacks about this!

That's alright for the boys Takver but think of the girls. I still bear the scars from 8+ years of having to dress up as a "welsh lady on March 1st. My mother was always too sensible cheap to fork out for a genuine welsh lady hat from the local tourist shop so we had to improvise with yoghurt pots and black paper hmm grin

Killing myself laughing at the Virgin Badger. grin

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