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kennycat Sun 26-Feb-17 20:41:36

I've just discovered my daughter's year group are meant to go on world book day as a superhero.
No, just no. What is this craze for superheroes? I have never read a superhero book with my daughter.
Literally since last world book day she has been wanting to go at Sophie from the tiger who came to tea, and we've spent the holiday making the tights and tiger food tin.
I want her to still go as what she planned to go as but I don't want her to feel silly if everyone else is in some hideous supermarket bought olyester monstrosity.

Can you tell I really hate manyfacturerd dressing up outfits?!

I think I did see the note from school but must have discarded it when I saw the title as I probably thought, ' yes I know what world book day is'.

I've read lots of other people saying that their schools are telling children what to dress as (roads Dahl character, superhero etc). It's world book day ffs, that surely means any book the children love.

Not a film based on a book/cartoon that the child has never read!!

I'm annoyed, as you can probably tell.

WipsGlitter Sun 26-Feb-17 20:53:09

I'm so glad DS1's school doesn't bother with this!!

They're probably trying to balance out the parents who don't want to do all of the making.

Just send her in the costume you've made.

SparklyUnicornPoo Sun 26-Feb-17 20:53:14

Send a note in to her teacher saying can she go as Sophie and what you said here. I'm guessing she's in KS1? In which case I'd just be glad she'd read a book that isn't a biff and chip reading book and actually enjoyed it enough to care!

sirfredfredgeorge Sun 26-Feb-17 20:55:26

I have never read a superhero book with my daughter

So it sounds like a sensible idea to expand her literacy knowledge.

ItWentInMyEye Sun 26-Feb-17 20:58:10

I have 3 primary aged kids all with a different theme, none of which we already owned confused only one polyester outfit between them grin

KermitRuffinsTrumpet Sun 26-Feb-17 21:02:19

I want to know how you made the tights? Did you knit them?

cariadlet Sun 26-Feb-17 21:05:38

I teach Year 1 and would love it if any of my children loved a story character so much that they'd spent a year planning on being that character.

I much prefer home-made book-based costumes to generic shop-bought cartoon/film based costumes. Although, as a working mum who cannot sew for toffee and is pretty uncreative, I do understand the temptation - I was just lucky enough to have a creative dd who, from Reception, was always happy to cobble together her own outfits from bits and pieces that she already had.

megletthesecond Sun 26-Feb-17 21:09:21

Send her as Sophie.

I coloured in white leggings with blue & purple squares for DD's Sophie outfit and found a toy tiger from the charity shop. I blood loved putting that one together.

formerbabe Sun 26-Feb-17 21:10:32

Don't feel rage.

Just send her in the costume you'd already planned.

Problem solved.

QueenOfTheCatBastards Sun 26-Feb-17 21:11:49

Our school have stipulated only one thing, costume has to be of a child character from a book. They're free to do what they want from there on.

There will be a metric fuckton of superheroes and Disney princesses, and barely one of them will be able to tell you which book or comic they read to qualify.

It is what it is, and in the same vein you should let her go as what she wants smile

TheNewSchmoo Sun 26-Feb-17 21:11:52

To her, Sophie is a hero. So tell the teacher that.

kennycat Sun 26-Feb-17 21:21:09

Sirfred yes that's a good point. We aren't going to do it before Thursday though.

Formerbabe yes you are also right. I wish I didn't get so annoyed so easily, I'm just a massive rat bag.

I made the tights by colouring some white tights with fabric pen/crayon. It wasn't as easy to colour tights as I'd envisaged!

RebelRogue Sun 26-Feb-17 21:23:42

Is superheroes their topic this term? I know some teachers that would try to incorporate their topic i to WBD. Also it could just be that after a lot of moaning about costs,faff,hassle superhero was deemed to be the outfit with the least faff,that most children already have. Elsa counts as a superhero as well as she has super powers gringrin

Myfanwyprice Sun 26-Feb-17 21:28:00

Is it definitely superheroes? Mums at my dc's school said the theme at ours was superheroes, I grumbled because I don't think superheroes are book characters. . .and then when the newsletter came out it's actually heroes and villains.

Huldra Sun 26-Feb-17 21:28:49

I'm so glad the primary school mine went to didn't ask for the entire dressing up palaver.

At infants they could come in their PJs and bring teddy and favourite bedtime book. Everyone in the class seemed to gomalong with itn but wasn't compulsory. My youngest loved ditching the uniform for some fleecy pj's for the day.
In year 5 and 6 they could dress up on a theme if they wanted and there was a prize for beat costume. Again not compulsory, which was great as mine hated dressing up in public. Some kids loved it and had some great creations.

Huldra Sun 26-Feb-17 21:30:12

They could all roll in mud and go as Swamp Thing. Hopefully there won't be any Tank Girls.

CookieWarbler Sun 26-Feb-17 21:30:25

We've got the same at DDs school. Bloody super bloody heros, so lame. Last year DD went as the Demon Dentist (she'd just read it and loved it) and we had great fun spraying her hair white and doing the make up. I could force her to wear her small supergirl costume for the third time in her primary school life but it's just so dull and lacking in imagination.
OP send your DD in the costume you have prepared. Sounds great!

WorraLiberty Sun 26-Feb-17 21:33:32

I want her to still go as what she planned to go as but I don't want her to feel silly if everyone else is in some hideous supermarket bought olyester monstrosity.

Christ, have a word with yourself.

And while you're at it, read a superhero book with your kid.

RebelRogue Sun 26-Feb-17 21:35:57

Supertato!! He's awesome,the books are funny and he's an actual book character. Planning to send DD with some actual potatoes and a carrot in her pocket too gringrin. That won't work for older kids though.

jimpeake Sun 26-Feb-17 21:41:46

DD went as Sophie last year and if it took you as long as it did me to colour in those bloody tights, there's no way I'd be abandoning it for something else!

megletthesecond Sun 26-Feb-17 21:50:53

I went through TWO packs of pens from poundland to colour the leggings. It was quite meditative after a while.

HostaFireAndIce Sun 26-Feb-17 22:24:38

*I have never read a superhero book with my daughter

So it sounds like a sensible idea to expand her literacy knowledge.*

Except that superheroes are hardly an essential part of 'literacy knowledge' (whatever that is - did you mean literary?) because they're not really literary characters, are they?

BumWad Sun 26-Feb-17 22:27:54

I'm not partaking in this bullshit I really am not!

DS is 20 months and his nursery want him dresses up too hmm

They can piss off.

sirfredfredgeorge Sun 26-Feb-17 22:33:34

because they're not really literary characters, are they?

It's a form of book, especially in comic book form that is different to other forms, so I would say is a useful part of a childs knowledge in knowing how to read and write it.

If you mean literary characters only in the "high value" connotations of the phrase, then possibly not, it doesn't remove the value in reading that style. More importantly though not having read one is not a reason to poo-poo the whole idea of them, and reject them as a thing to do at school.

kennycat Sun 26-Feb-17 23:07:09

I think you've misunderstood my comment sirfred, I wasn't poo pooing the idea of superheroes or cartoons, I was just commenting that a) it's not something we've read yet and so isn't in her frame of reference (she's only 4) and b) superheroes seem to be all over the place over the last few years. I'd like to encourage my children to think a bit harder about what to dress up as rather than the easiest option.

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