"For World Book Day please send your child to school dressed as a....

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Just. Fucking. Why.

She is ten FFS and she doesn't want to dress as a cocking badger any more than I want to spend tomorrow scouring the charity shops in our arse end of nowhere one horse shitsville town for black and white clothing.

Arrrrgggghhhhh angry

MammaMedusa Mon 04-Mar-13 21:46:29



Are there many great literary badgers confused

Stinkyminkymoo Mon 04-Mar-13 21:49:53

Wind in the Willows?

<Clutches straws>

chocoholic05 Mon 04-Mar-13 21:50:15

There's badger in wind in the willows?

YouTheCat Mon 04-Mar-13 21:50:34

Well there's Badger in Wind in the Willows. And I think Percy the Park Keeper has a badger friend.

After that I am stuck.

Send her in in whatever colour you like and say the badger dyed its fur? grin

Fakebook Mon 04-Mar-13 21:50:39

Bodger and Badger?

Fantastic Mr Fox angry

Is there even a badger in that book <scrabbles through fried memory>

YouTheCat Mon 04-Mar-13 21:53:21
RattyRoland Mon 04-Mar-13 21:56:34

Bloody teachers, is this revenge for something?

A list of household objects from which a 10 yr old can fashion a passable badger costume would be good [hopeful]

She has no black or white clothes so that's a non starter. I have some black but no white, but she's not painting or cutting up my clothes!

RattyRoland Mon 04-Mar-13 21:57:43

Bloody teachers, is this revenge for something?

Black and red as roadkill badger?

MammaMedusa Mon 04-Mar-13 22:00:36

Personally I would print out a picture of a badger, glue it on card, and string it round her neck. When she's had enough of it she can just enjoy being in her own clothes.

It is so, so stupid and such short notice I would not try any harder than that.

Actually, I lie, I might as my children conveniently go to school next to a Primark. But in your situation I wouldn't.

idiot55 Mon 04-Mar-13 22:04:56

hang on, school are choosing who your daughter dresses as?


PopMusic Mon 04-Mar-13 22:06:55

YANBU I thought the whole point was that children/parents could choose their own character. Why are the school choosing for you? FWIW, I am a teacher and I'm supposed to dress up and have no clue what to dress up as.

pigletpower Mon 04-Mar-13 22:07:08

Just paint her face?

Remotecontrolduck Mon 04-Mar-13 22:07:27

Sorry but I laughed out loud at this, it's so utterly ridiculous it's pretty funny grin

Did they assign everyone a different animal do you think? I can't for the life of me work out why they'd want everyone dressed as a badger?! How bizzare!

kennyp Mon 04-Mar-13 22:08:55

Send her in with an almighty hangover and then she can say "i feel rougher than a badgers arse" (my stock hangover phrase) then it will only cost you a bottle of pinot.

EndoplasmicReticulum Mon 04-Mar-13 22:10:18

They used to be allowed to choose. That was fine, DD went as Beryl the Peril every year grin

This year the head (who is leaving so maybe this is some kind of final act of revenge) has decreed that each class choose a book by voting and then the children all have to be a character from said book.

MagratOfStolat Mon 04-Mar-13 22:11:52

Sorry to detract from the thread, but I've just spat tea everywhere.

Wikipedia has a whole page dedicated to A LIST OF FICTIONAL BADGERS?!?! Sorry, but that tickled me something rotten. I'm hacking up a lung I've laughed so hard.

Is there no way you can buy a cheap white bedsheet, cut it up and then sew the patches into already-black clothes?

Oh come on! Fictional BADGERS! HAHAHA!

thingamajig Mon 04-Mar-13 22:12:46

Here is a badger mask, print off, stick to cardboard and cut out. Wear as much black/grey as she can manage (?dusbin bag) mask

grin @ kennyp. Though she'll have to fight me for the pinot. My costume making muse (along with my birthday cake muse) only visits me when I'm pissed.

MrsMushroom Mon 04-Mar-13 22:14:08

"cocking badger" grin

Make a badger hat. Like this

If you don't have a white bobble hat (who does?) then you could get a white painters cap from a DIY shop like B&Q....and use a marker or some felt to make the badger markings and ears. She must have some black leggings and a top?

I like the badger mask, its cute. That could work.

We know a bloke who runs a wildlife rescue place and had a car full of teenage girls turn up at 2am once with a very pissed off and slightly concussed badger being sat on by two of them on the back seat. Vicious little fuckers, they are.

ErrorError Mon 04-Mar-13 22:17:05

Do they all have to go as badgers? Is teacher forming some sort of badger army or having a 'most convincing badger' contest? I thought kids got to choose their own character on WBD. I remember the very first WBD in 1995, I was 9 and went as a tramp... probably missed the point

badbride Mon 04-Mar-13 22:17:38
CointreauVersial Mon 04-Mar-13 22:17:57

Well, it wouldn't be unusual in DD2's school, as the village symbol is a badger, and there's one on the school badge.

But tis just black and white, surely?

Just joining Magrat in hacking up a lung!

Good link to the badger mask though. Can I suggest you just print out the ready painted black & white mask rather than go galavanting around a wood "collecting bits and bobs to stick to it"!!!! gringringringrin

ZacharyQuack Mon 04-Mar-13 22:19:22

Dye her hair black and then bleach a white stripe down the middle.

My DD would love that.

badbride Mon 04-Mar-13 22:19:24

Sorry bad link. I mean THIS

worley Mon 04-Mar-13 22:21:20

is your school like ds2's... now given a theme (this year it's magic) as otherwise a hundred Spider-Man turn up.. and all Disney princesses...
admittedly a badger is a wee bit hard ;) but they could have said "animal" or something ?

The letter says badger. There's a space, and the teacher has written badger in that space.

DD's best friend has to be a fox hmm

thingamajig Mon 04-Mar-13 22:24:50

If she has dark hair, you could do talcum powder stripes.

thingamajig Mon 04-Mar-13 22:26:08

Small amounts of fake fur (and ears) can be had by cannibalising soft toys. [helpful]

soverylucky Mon 04-Mar-13 22:27:18

What about apprentice finalist Ruth Badger? Business suit and a scowl?????

Wolfiefan Mon 04-Mar-13 22:32:14

Phone up the school on the day and say she can't come in as she has TB. Job done.
<sick and twisted emoticon>

poorbuthappy Mon 04-Mar-13 22:38:45

My dh came home from school today saying it has been suggested they dress up for world book day this year.

I think his response was something like, if you think I'm teaching year 13 engineering dressed as Harry Potter you can sod off.

Really how many secondary schools partake in this??? grin

Bogeyface Mon 04-Mar-13 22:45:50

I can sympathise, ours is "Woodland Creatures" FFS hmm

I thought book day was bad enough when we had the whole literary world to choose from, but Woodland fucking creatures? Cue an entire school of rabbits, a few moles and one beautifully crafted owl or suchlike (Alpha Mummy always makes more effort than the rest of us, although I pissed her off last year when DD as Titania beat her PFB as WIlly Wonka complete with stuffed Oohmpa Lumpa grin )

Cezella Mon 04-Mar-13 22:46:13

Wikipedia- list of fictional badgers- just hahahahahahahahaha! I'm crying laughing here. I wonder if there's a list of fictional types of every animal!

Thewhingingdefective Mon 04-Mar-13 22:58:35

World Badger Day.

malteserzz Mon 04-Mar-13 23:00:16

I'm trying not to laugh and wake dh who is asleep next to me !
A badger ??!

idiuntno57 Mon 04-Mar-13 23:01:16

can't stop laughing at the TBA gag

idiuntno57 Mon 04-Mar-13 23:01:39

bloody phone TB

Stixswhichtwizzle Mon 04-Mar-13 23:33:25

Not this teacher's revenge. I hate Book Day mainly because I have to dress up too and spend my morning making sure weapons (wands, light sabres, swords etc) don't get taken out and wielded during break!

blackeyedsusan Mon 04-Mar-13 23:46:18

black clothes and badger mask. job done.

world book day for teachers is no fun. {grumpy sod}

seaofyou Mon 04-Mar-13 23:54:41

grin @ Wolfiefans idea

I school did dressing up for world book day one year.

All the girls came as Disney princesses and all the boys were superheroes

They haven't bothered since grin

I'm laughing so hard at TB that dp is giving ne the 'MN again hmm' look

INeverSaidThat Tue 05-Mar-13 00:03:31

A wiki page on fictional badgers grin grin

That's made my day.

(It was surprisingly informative, who would have thought there would be so many)

Jux Tue 05-Mar-13 00:04:58

Bane of primary school, World Book Day. At dd's they used to give a prize for the best costume. It invariably went to a child whose parents had bought a costume from Tesco. Princess Fiona won one year!

INeverSaidThat Tue 05-Mar-13 00:10:40

Here is some good Wikipedia bedtime reading on......

Fictional hamsters

Fictional sheep

and, even,

Fictional Pachyderms confused

EduCated Tue 05-Mar-13 00:15:31

Nah, phone up and say she's been culled <extra evil>

zipzap Tue 05-Mar-13 00:16:07

dress up as a paint brush or shaving brush... or carry one instead - aren't they made of badger hair? Or at least the very old ones originally were and the very expensive ones these days!

Just dress all in one colour to be the handle and then have either hair sticking up on top if easy or tie some long 'hairs' to go from knee to ankle (crepe paper, long shred A4 paper, strands of wool, etc) so that they waft around each leg and and look like they could be used to paint with.

or are there any other uses etc for badger that she could adapt as a minimal effort costume?

zipzap Tue 05-Mar-13 00:19:04

DS2's school is doing 'bedtime stories' as their theme - which means take in your favourite bed time story and go dressed in PJs and Dressing Gown, which takes the stress out of it somewhat.

DS1 on the other hand asked to go as James Bond and wanted me to buy him all the necessary real gadgets so he could be accurate hmmgrin Needless to say if he was older and had a suit then it would have been an easy one, minus the gadgets unless he fashions them himself out of paper. But as he hasn't that one is off the list too.

Just wondering if I can convince him to be a badger...

Allalonenow Tue 05-Mar-13 00:20:58

I've been glum all day, but have laughed at this thread, especially the TB,

Dear Miss, sorry my daughter is not attending today, she is frightened there will be a cull. Yours, Mrs Brock

It's unreasonable but hilarious!!!

sashh Tue 05-Mar-13 04:06:32

Some badgers are red, the same colour as foxes.

I'd be tempted to send her with just a head, complete with dripping blood because the only badgers I've seen are roadkill.

World book day for us is a voucher for money off a book. That is it. No costumes, no drama.

I don't know if I should feel relieved that I don't have to make a costume or disappointed <confused>

TiggyD Tue 05-Mar-13 08:24:29

Badgers aren't fictional. Badgers are real. I've seen one.
(Could have been a small child on their way home after World Book Day I suppose)


DesiderataHollow Tue 05-Mar-13 09:02:43
StellaNova Tue 05-Mar-13 09:08:30

Perhaps they are having a Badger Parade

That's classic, OP. I vote for temporary spray colour in her hair - if you can get white you could use it to spray a white stripe down the back of a black/grey T shirt as well.

This is clearly the sort of thing which happened when DD's teacher's daughters were at school. It would explain why she is scarred for life so opposed to dressing up days. They take it in turns to organise WBD, and when it is her turn (this year) there is absolutely no dressing up grin.

Mydelilah Tue 05-Mar-13 09:20:22

Our school is doing this but we get to choose the character. My DD is going as Lola from C&L. Mainly because she looks like Lola all the time (lazy)

hellsbells76 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:22:19

DS (10)thought he'd had a brilliant idea and announced he was going as Arthur Dent (so he wouldn't even need to change out of his pjs). Now I've made him make his own accessories (babel fish out of fimo, book with Don't Panic in large friendly letters (cut out and coloured in) on the cover and cup of tea (mug filled with brown paper)) he's realised it wasn't quite the doss-option he'd originally thought. Bwahaha.

hellsbells I hope he will also be wearing a grubby dressing gown and carrying a towel?

hellsbells76 Tue 05-Mar-13 09:34:20

Yes! (His dressing gown's quite grubby anyway grin). And a towel, of course.

BrianCoxandTheTempleofDOOM Tue 05-Mar-13 09:39:09

DD's school are doing 'flags'. DD's class are reading a book from/about Mexico and are to come dressed in the colours of the flag.

Seems simple enough.


DD owns NOTHING green and the only red she has is a party dress.

I am considering just sending her in with a Mexican flag lazy parent wink

aldiwhore Tue 05-Mar-13 09:42:10

Maybe it's the head's way of joining WBD with a protest about the Badger cull?

Are there any FEMALE fictional badgers?

Wallison Tue 05-Mar-13 09:46:35

Phone the school and say that David Archer has baited her and that you are now consequently suing them.

this is what you need (except of course that you now have no time left to order anything!)

MiaowTheCat Tue 05-Mar-13 10:17:02

Ex-teacher... fecking hate dress up days. The morning a colleague had to go get milk for the staffroom around Tesco dressed as Pinocchio complete with full hired (cheating bitch) outfit including ledehosen (and I know I ain't spelt that right) was an interesting one.... the fact the buggers always cheated and dress-hire-shopped their outfits - grrrr.

Go in on the morning, look for the class who bagged the easy ones like Where's Wally... send murderous looks to the teacher in question.

Bogeyface Tue 05-Mar-13 10:20:39

One thing I am grateful for is that our school have combined Comic Relief day with WBD so are doing it all on the 15th. Usually they have a pyjama day or similar for RND as well as dressing up for WBD, so at least this way I only have one day to think about. Matching pyjama tops and bottoms are akin to finding the holy grail in our house, fancy dress is marginally easier! grin

LOL Bogeyface. Any time one of my DC has needed Pyjamas for dress up days/school trip/sleepover it has caused me to reevaluate their pyjamas, and generally buy new ones blush.

DD was given posh Cath Kidston PJ's (by someone else) for Christmas, and has now become all picky about wearing matching PJ's (fine by me, as long as she finds them herself).

fromparistoberlin Tue 05-Mar-13 11:59:09

this has made me laugh OP

we have not had anything from school, DP loses letters and deletes text messages

maybe for the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bogeyface Tue 05-Mar-13 12:04:00

Stealth Xmas and RND are the guaranteed "new PJ's" time for us too grin

glasscompletelybroken Tue 05-Mar-13 12:06:24

I just completely don't get this whole idea.

Some idiot person for the 1st ever book day thought it would be good for the kids to dress up as a character from a book for the day. And now every kid in every primary school has to do it every year.


What are they learning about books and reading? It's just a nightmare for the parents and has no benefit to learning.

Luckily my kids have left school and DH has to deal with DSD's on these ridiculous dress-up days. I would make a strong protest if I actually had to find a badger costume.

Or any other costume.

It's complete madness.

Rant over...

Wallison Tue 05-Mar-13 13:37:15

I hate it too, glasscompletelybroken. I am rubbish at making costumes, can't sew to save my life and am completely uncreative.

I hate it with a fucking passion.

DD has reminded me she has some black jodhpurs, so its them, hopefully teamed with the black and white striped top I'm going to find in Oxfam later <fingers crossed> and a bit of face paint.

Whole fucking shebang needs renaming World 'who has the most creative parents with time to spare for this sort of shit' Day angry

Wallison Tue 05-Mar-13 14:07:35

Well, that sounds a bit more hopeful on the badger front but I feel your pain. Over the next four weeks we've got: World Book Day (dressing-up); Comic Relief Day (dressing-up - details as yet unspecified grr and bake a comic relief themed cake (adults) and make comic relief themed biscuits (children)); Decorate an egg completition; Decorate an Easter Hat competition. I hate this half-term.

And wtf is a fucking comic relief themed cake ffs? A cake that looks like Lenny Henry?

grin Lenny Henry cake. You should do it, it'll make a change from the sea of cupcakes with red noses made form cherries that everyone else will send.

aaaaagh Tue 05-Mar-13 17:10:53

cover her in badges and then get her to give one out every now and then - then she'll be a 'badger' as in someone who badges...?

DesiderataHollow Tue 05-Mar-13 22:53:41

Oddest badger related page I've found so far:

Roadkill badger as a homeopathic remedy...

Wolfiefan Tue 05-Mar-13 23:06:14

Or she could spend the day saying
Miss (or sir)
Remember to check at the end of the day that said teacher felt badgered.
PS Buggered if I'm dressing DS up for the day. (Hmm. May steal Arthur Dent if pushed! grin)

Xiaoxiong Tue 05-Mar-13 23:19:23

BrianCox love how you have nothing green for your DD to wear and yet you just happen to have a Mexican flag lying about.

Queen that costume sounds great and you can reuse it next year by adding a bag labelled "swag" and going as burglar bill. I haven't yet checked the wiki page but I'm sure there may even be a badger burglar, something like a cat burglar but more lumbering.

Pixel Wed 06-Mar-13 00:43:11

Think yourselves lucky. I hadn't heard anything about WBD and thought that ds wouldn't need to dress up. I checked all my emails/school newsletters and there was nothing so I put a casual note in his home/school book on monday morning 'just in case' (thinking I had until thurs anyway). Note back monday evening "Oops sorry, should have told you we are doing it tomorrow (tuesday), our class has chosen The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Arggh!
Well by a stroke of luck about the only top ds has that hasn't got Spongebob or similar on happens to be orange and brown stripes but I didn't have anything else in the house in tiger colours (who has orange stuff in their house, let alone stuff they don't mind 'adapting'?). All I could find was some orange and brown oddments of wool so I was up until 2am knitting a tiger hat!
Apparently Red Nose Day is going to be an 80s theme confused. Ds wasn't alive then so he isn't going to have a clue.

Euphemia Wed 06-Mar-13 07:17:32

Badger! Cocking badger! TB!


Thanks, MNetters - I can face the day with a smile on my face now!


Euphemia Wed 06-Mar-13 07:19:13

Apparently Red Nose Day is going to be an 80s theme.

Someone on another thread suggested a cheapo white t-shirt with RELAX written on it in black marker pen - job done! Genius!

Send her in covered in badges?

Heebiejeebie Wed 06-Mar-13 08:40:26

Poorbuthappy, I am laughing about your husband and the hulking year 13s.

zipzap Wed 06-Mar-13 10:28:07

After all this, I think we should badger MNHQ for a badger smiley for WBD [badger] grin

DS's school is just asking children to dress as a book character.

DS, aged 9, has decided he is going dressed as a schoolboy in uniform, as a) there are plenty of schoolboys in books and b) he can't be bothered grin

He plans to take his 50p charity donation in regardless.

This is all from him, no prompting whatever on my part as I had simply asked him what he wanted to dress up as.

magimedi Wed 06-Mar-13 10:40:14

Sometimes I am sad that my DS is an adult - but not when I read about all this sodding about with costumes. Fancy dress parties were bad enough.

But I am still drying my eyes from laughing at this thread & I started the day feeling a bit down - so flowers to QueenofFarkingEverything (But not Queen of costumes? )

We have a badger costume [drumroll]

We have black trousers, a grey/black stripey top, and a fake fur grey gilet thing, all from the local hospice shop for under a fiver.

They'd better have a cocking badger bit part in every nativity for the next few years as I am all costumed out now.

Oh and a printed out mask - thanks to those who found links flowers

I bet you were thrilled to find the fake fur gilet - genius touch!

(you do realise you will now be regarded as that mother who went all OTT and produced an amazing badger costume and the teachers will give you the impossible one again next year?)

Ha, yeah right. Its a smelly hairy fugly thing. Very like a real badger, in fact.

Hopasholic Wed 06-Mar-13 22:20:29

Oh shit. I've forgotten....... AGAIN blush. Last year My two DS's reminded me during breakfast so it was a 'Boy in the striped pyjamas' and ( this one was a very long shot but he did get a Banksy book for Xmas grin) so ds2 went with baseball cap & empty deodorant tin with a question mark on t shirt as to his identity! Must find those striped pyjamas........ Again.

I was very tempted to send DD as "The baby who wouldn't go to bed" as she always wants to go to nursery in pyjamas.

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