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Cunting World Fucking Book Day.

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EssieTregowan Sat 25-Feb-17 19:23:57

I thought I was doing so well this year. DS2 wanted to be Newt Scamander so I found an awesome (and not cheap) costume. DD has a proper wand from the Harry Potter tour so she was lending him that and we have the original book. He was prancing around tonight trying it on.

I double checked the email just to make sure it is actually this Thursday (I have form for getting dates completely wrong, in fact just this week we turned up to the dentists a month early...)

'Come as your favourite Roald Dahl character' it says. Fuckers.

I am so so shit at this.

It kind of works as Willy Wonka if you squint a bit.

Anyone else as fucking shit as me? I hate World Book Day anyway. Still, this beats the time incompletely forgot so ds1 went as Charlie Bucket, ie wearing normal clothes.

NoFuckingRoomOnMyBroom Sat 25-Feb-17 19:27:14

Fuck that, just ignore them-they don't get to dictate the author, twats hmm
Our school has said no super hero's which has pissed me off but luckily DS has a cat in the hat costume, I have had to buy for DD though as I threw out most of her dressing up stuff just before Christmas confused

BusyBeez99 Sat 25-Feb-17 19:27:55

We are into our 7th year of this. What a waste of time and money

We also have multicultural day in march - another wasted £15

What does dressing up teach them apart from wasting money

CombineBananaFister Sat 25-Feb-17 19:28:30

Send him in anyway as it. Its world book day not world Roald Dahl day. Ds has a old PE tshirt with Crayola written on it and a sign saying 'I quit'. He has very bad eczema so these dress up days fill me with dread and require effort to do a 100% cotton none syntheticay one where he sweats and is miserable sad Reading is reading, doesnt matter what it is

kimann Sat 25-Feb-17 19:29:08

Yeah my daughters nursery has been asking kids to come as a story book character that they're reading at the moment - no way am I spending money to buy another costume, she's either going as Cinderella or a gruffalo. grin

Theimpossiblegirl Sat 25-Feb-17 19:29:49

We're an anything goes school as we work on the logic that whatever a child wants to dress up as, there will be a book about it. It shouldn't have to cost money or cause stress, it's meant to be a fun celebration of books!

EssieTregowan Sat 25-Feb-17 19:31:44

He's got a whole laundry basket full of superheroes but I thought I'd take it seriously and do a proper book.

Nope.

BikeRunSki Sat 25-Feb-17 19:33:04

Old clothes, flat cap, knitted jumper, toy spanner, toy pheasant if you have one - Danny Champion the of the World

ClemDanfango Sat 25-Feb-17 19:33:22

Send him as Newt! Love RD but his characters have been done to death on Worldbook day, besides I'm sure there's a Roald Dahl day anyway!

EssieTregowan Sat 25-Feb-17 19:33:46

Toy pheasant! I'll just dig one out grin

Bananalanacake Sat 25-Feb-17 19:34:48

Say you thought newts were added to the cauldron in George's Marvellous Medicine.

CombineBananaFister Sat 25-Feb-17 19:34:57

*agree about the '....but its not a proper book' wailing brigade. DH is one of them. 90% of DS class will turn up as Frozen/Superhero (the same thing they wore to EVERY dressup day) - it is because they cannot afford more than one costume, who gives a shit what they read as long as they read. I help in schools so can admit the Superhero costumes do have challenges as they see to empower the wearer with very chaotic behaviour. x30 kids 'saving the world' is a bit of a 'mare grin

Isadora2007 Sat 25-Feb-17 19:34:58

"Old clothes, flat cap, knitted jumper, toy spanner, toy pheasant if you have one"

hmm am I the only one thinking none of those items sound likely to be Lying around the average home?

ArriettyClock1 Sat 25-Feb-17 19:35:23

The BEST thing about your children leaving primary school is no more world fucking book days!

Mine would always choose something impossible which would take me ages to make and then I'd go to school and see a sea of football kits (wtf) and disney princess dresses.

LumelaMme Sat 25-Feb-17 19:35:43

I had a set of outfits (either fancy dress or repurposed ordinary clothes) that got passed down through the DC. I had bloody years of World Book Day. And Vikings. And Romans. And Tudors.

I was so relieved when they left primary school and it was all over. But no! DD is in year bloody 10 and already this year they've had a multicultural day.

BeyondThePage Sat 25-Feb-17 19:36:11

t shirt, trousers/leggings, headband with ears on it - there's always a cat in some book or other, whatever the author - if there isn't one in Roald Dahl just make it up... oooohhh she's Mr Twibbles from Matilda, her favourite cat.

LumelaMme Sat 25-Feb-17 19:37:04

We have a toy pheasant.
It belongs to the dog.

Scarydinosaurs Sat 25-Feb-17 19:38:46

What makes me cross is that with all this money, you'd be better off asking all parents to donate a book and schools might actually be able to afford to run libraries. Much better way to celebrate world book day.

Then kids could come in wearing PJs or anything, and be read stories all day.

No hassle for parents. More books in the world. Win win.

StarlingMurderation Sat 25-Feb-17 19:38:46

Pets At Home sell fluffy toy pheasants for dogs. They have a small and a large version. My dog used to love them, carried one around everywhere like a teddy bear.

BeyondThePage Sat 25-Feb-17 19:39:09

We have a toy duck - would it reallllllllly matter?

wizardinthegarden Sat 25-Feb-17 19:39:33

There is a Newt in Matilda, she plays a trick on The trunchball with it? Pretty sure....

BeyondThePage Sat 25-Feb-17 19:40:38

What makes me cross is that with all this money, you'd be better off asking all parents to donate a book and schools might actually be able to afford to run libraries. Much better way to celebrate world book day

Scarydinosaurs - what a lovely idea! The kids could even leave an inscription for future kids to read...

BikeRunSki Sat 25-Feb-17 19:40:48

The toy pheasant DS took as Danny last year belongs to DM's dog. He had a toy spanner, the flat cap was DH's. We had old clothes and a woolly jumper - apart from the pheasant, not that odd really?

CoffeeBreakIn5 Sat 25-Feb-17 19:43:34

I fucking hate World Book Day and I'm a teacher, those of you who have said the best thing about leaving primary school is no more WBD don't be so sure! I teach secondary, not only do the students have to dress up this year but also the staff. So I have to find myself a costume as well as my 2 primary school DC. DC's school have stipulated traditional stories only and have issued a list of suggested 'yes' costumes and a definitive list of 'no'. I think we'll all be ill that day, I haven't got the time, money or energy for this crap angry

littleshirleybeans Sat 25-Feb-17 19:44:09

As teachers, we vetoed this in our school as many of us are also parents and we hate these type of things! I, and others, pointed out that it puts pressure on parents to buy a costume and some of our families cannot afford this.
Heck, I can't afford them!
I found the Christmas jumper one bad enough last year (by that I mean Christmas 2015 grin) as I just couldn't afford to buy them for my boys. We had terrible financial problems then which I've only just managed to solve.
I have also pointed out that asking for £1 here and £1 there during December is too much for some families. Several of our families have 3 children at our school and it all adds up. People said oh it's only £1! For some families, they might not actually have a spare £1. I know there have been plenty of times when we didn't. And there we're several things going in that required £1.
I digress! Sorry.
I remember when dc2 had their world book day thingy at nursery. We happened to have a Stuart Little costume which seemed to be ideal till I saw communication saying that it was to be a nursery rhyme character!
I spoke to dc2's key worker and said that we didn't have such a costume and wouldn't be getting one either! She agreed that it was ridiculous and said just to wear anything. I said they should maybe make that clear to all the parents as quite a few had been irked by it. (I knew her well and the conversation was not as snotty as it sounds written down wink It had been the brainchild of the new head of the nursery but hadn't been discussed with the staff!)

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