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to wish World Book Day should fuck the fuck off!

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Madelinehatter Wed 24-Feb-16 18:56:32

Grrrrrrrr. I'm hate it. I am all for celebrating reading and books but this yearly dress up activity at school drives me mad!

I have 2 Dc, they both want me to buy ready made costumes which will cost £30 or more! So not happening. I will still have to cobble something together though. I can't be arsed. We don't have anything. I have scoured the Internet for ideas. Kids either don't like the ideas or I don't have the stuff.

Sod off WBD!

Katenka Wed 24-Feb-16 18:58:03

This years it been ok. Ds' birthday is this weekend and he asked for a new costume for his favourite character. So I haven't gone out and got something specially. He would have got it anyway.

But usually Yanbu. Dd went as hermione from Harry Potter for four years grin

Katenka Wed 24-Feb-16 18:58:54

Oh and dd is now in year 7 and thinks dressing up is lame. Win win for me.

You have my sympathy though

CauliflowerBalti Wed 24-Feb-16 18:59:49

My son hates dressing up. His school loves it. There was a 6-week period last year with 8 dressing up events. Well, 7 and a nativity costume to sort out. Fuck the fuck off. I work. I don't have time for this shit.

So yes. World Book Day can definitely fuck the fuck off. YANBU.

SpringHasNearlySprung Wed 24-Feb-16 18:59:50

I just sent letters out for this today. It's not compulsory and many children come as a dress down day (no money needed to dress up or down). All I ask is they bring a book. I find it ridiculous that some schools expect every child to dress up!

Artandco Wed 24-Feb-16 18:59:58

Just send them in regular clothes. No need for fancy bought costumes

Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs - regular clothes with bucket and dinosaurs

George from George's marvel is medicine - basically regular clothes with book in hand

Just find a book at home that has regular looking things in and send book in and child in normal clothes vaguely same colour.

My you gets is going as James from James and giant peach. Normal clothes with peach in hand! And maybe a few toy bugs

Madelinehatter Wed 24-Feb-16 19:01:55

Arts - your ideas are great. They won't wash with my D C s though.

TimeToMuskUp Wed 24-Feb-16 19:02:41

DS1 wanted to be Where's Wally (he's 10, surely by 10 they shouldn't want to dress up? His mates don't, whereas he went to the dentist dressed as Super Mario last weekend and had to be bribed to remove his moustache while the dentist meddled) so that's easy enough.

DS2 wanted to be Peter Pan, as it's his absolute favourite book. We went to Tesco the other week and completely by chance found a Peter Pan costume reduced to something like £3, so he's spent every day for the past week dressed like an evil goblin.

SmileAndNod Wed 24-Feb-16 19:04:29

Ours have to dress up as a character from a poem. WTF. Have absolutely no clue where to start. I hate book day dressing up with a passion. Definitely NBU AT ALL

Hulababy Wed 24-Feb-16 19:09:07

We've just sent letters out too. It's not compulsory at all though.

Lots of non dressy up costumes available ime.

If your children won't decide on something you chose tell them they need o make their own costume.

wonkylegs Wed 24-Feb-16 19:10:33

Thankfully DS wants to go as Hiccup from the How to train your dragon series again so I can reuse last years costume - it was easy to make, tunic, tin foil Viking hat and shield.

Cutecat78 Wed 24-Feb-16 19:11:17

And there is always that one parent who goes overboard.....

Thank god I am past this. I was single I worked full time I had 3 of them - I felt shir and inadequate every year sad

I now realise this just feeds the ultimate competitive parent - this is their stage.

I just felt like crap!! Kids go on about the shite costumes I made as if they were amazing grin they weren't.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Wed 24-Feb-16 19:22:07

A character from a poem is difficult and pretty limited!

OP I blame the parents that buy the ready made costumes for their kids. It makes all the other children want one and they hate their mum's homemade efforts. I also hate it when it becomes a 'mum off' at school for the best costume.
Just think simple (and explain to Dc why spending over £30 on a costume is insane )

crispytruffle Wed 24-Feb-16 19:26:45

Our school doesn't do anything special for WBD apart from the Book Fair of which they try to get us to pay for books I can get much cheaper on Amazon.

SquidgeyMidgey Wed 24-Feb-16 19:27:57

The school I work in says dress up as any book character. My DC's school sets a specific theme because it's not enough of a pain already without narrowing the choice further.

DownstairsMixUp Wed 24-Feb-16 19:30:23

I'm sick of it to. Not just world book day but there's always another one to dress up for to! Every term they have a topic and dress up related to the topic like last term was space so all space themed costumes etc. I'm not buying a costume for this one, I've said DS can go in normal clothes and carry a golden ticket and be Charlie Bucket or recycle an old costume.

ipswichwitch Wed 24-Feb-16 19:30:52

It's easy at the boys nursery - everyone just goes as spiderman, which is great since DS1 has a spiderman costume already. DS2 want to go as Darth Vader... Star Wars was a book too wasn't it?

SmileAndNod Wed 24-Feb-16 19:31:06

Indeed, I have no idea. And the competitive parents have already started their offspring reciting said poems for extra teacher brownie points effect.

I'm just not cut out for this parenting lark!

LottieDoubtie Wed 24-Feb-16 19:31:28

I grinned to myself when I realised that WBD is not a nursery day for DS blush he's only 17mo I'm really going to have to embrace this at some point aren't I?

BeyondBootcampsAgain Wed 24-Feb-16 19:34:01

Re poem, go with "revolting rhymes" (or is it the other one?) and just pick one of the fairy tales in it

BeyondBootcampsAgain Wed 24-Feb-16 19:34:58

I'm gender-flipping red riding hood for my two boys. One boy with a red hood, one in pjs with a wolf mask. Easy peasy smile

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Wed 24-Feb-16 19:35:00

Charlie Bucket is a great idea.
Wonkylegs My son did Hiccup at primary and his plastic sword was confiscated on arrival because it was a weapon. sad

whattimewillyoubeback Wed 24-Feb-16 19:36:26

My friend did the Saucepan Man from an Enid Blyton book one year. She won. And another year I bought some plastic rats off ebay, tied them all together and onto DS, cloak and a recorder and he was the Pied Piper! I used to LOVE World Book Day!

JennyBunn Wed 24-Feb-16 19:39:34

I bloody hate it. Last year and this we've been dictated to about which book they need to dress as a character from.
This year it's 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and they have to dress up as they're favourite colour crayon FFS.

serin Wed 24-Feb-16 19:44:38

Oh if ever there is a competitive parenting competiton this is it.

I will never forget the child who turned up in a sparkling, hand sewn rainbow fish costume, complete with wired and padded fish head. It turned out her mother was a costume designer, and it put my little Percy the park keeper right in the shade!!

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