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Prizes for World Book Day - why?

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Woolvee Tue 13-Feb-18 14:54:32

DD (7) was excited about dressing up as a viking for WBD. She's crap at sport and so loves the fact that with books, there aren't winners/losers. Until now! This year it's (a) a competition for best prize and (b) they've narrowed it down to a Wizards/Witches theme.
WHY? Just that, really. Why the competition? Doesn't it entirely miss the point? Aren't the celebrating THEIR fave character in a non-judgey environment. Meh.

jeanne16 Tue 13-Feb-18 17:55:04

I could never stand World Book Day. So many parents spent a lot of money buying costumes. I’m sure that was never the original intention.

WhoAmIReally99 Tue 13-Feb-18 19:28:26

Maybe it's a way to try and get people to make an effort??

Our school has had dressing up days and one time there was my children and 2 other sibling group who dressed up.
They made it a competition for another and almost all the school dressed up.

I dont see why they have to put a theme on it...surely books is enough of a theme.

Stompythedinosaur Tue 13-Feb-18 20:56:24

I would hate to have a theme, but I guess it's to avoid everybody coming as a disney princess or star wars character.

Scarydinosaurs Tue 13-Feb-18 20:58:38

It’s bloody stupid. I don’t like the dressing up either tbh.

MongerTruffle Tue 13-Feb-18 21:01:33

I read this on a thread a few years back: grin

‘Twas the night before World Book Day and all through the town,
Parents were pacing, their faces a frown.
They’d sat by the door and listened with care,
In hope that Amazon soon would be there.
With costume plans dashed, the children in tears,
Mummy sends Dad for emergency beers.
The children are finally sent to their beds,
While Mummy regrets coming off her meds.
She scrambles around while Daddy looks on,
He knows in his heart that his evening has gone.
She opens the chocolate, forgets making tea,
Raises the threat level to DEFCON 3.
Out comes the craft box, the scissors, the glue,
The felt and the cardboard, the staple gun too.
She sits back and ponders what she could create.
The tales that her costumes would grandly relate.
A Cat in a Hat. A Snail or a Whale.
Harry or Wally. Some random male.
A Mr. A Miss. An Ant or a Bee.
The Tin Man or Peter Pan. The Faraway Tree.
Alice. Hermione. A Witch or the Queen.
A Pirate. A Knight. Jack’s Magic Bean.
A Lion. A Tiger. A Bear named Baloo.
A Greek or A Viking. Thing One or Thing Two.
Mum throws back the beer admitting defeat,
Mum of the Year. No need to compete.
When what to her wondering eyes did appear,
Dad at the door, his eyes full of fear.
He holds up an Elsa, an old Batman cape,
“Maybe a princess? Or Severus Snape?”
“Snape isn’t Batman” Mum shouts in disgust,
“And Elsa is covered in ketchup and dust”
“A wet-wipe will soon get that ketchup right out,”
His smile starts to waver, his eyes full of doubt.
Mum looks at the floor. At the cardboard and felt.
An old pair of tights and Daddy’s old belt.
“Well Batman’s a comic so I guess that’s OK.”
She’s starting to see the error of her ways.
“Why spend all that cash when the answer’s right here?”
“Elsa works too. Now pass me a beer.”
Dad heads for the fridge. He stops and he turns.
His body held rigid. Face full of concern.
“But Frozen’s a film, not really a book,”
“Well at this stage darling, who gives a…”

Witchend Tue 13-Feb-18 22:28:15

Our juniors ran it as a competition one year. They did it as a popularity form vote. Then the form winners paraded and they voted for a year winner.
The winner from dd2's year collected her prize and the head asked her what character she was.
She said "oh I just like this dress; I'm not anyone." hmm

Woolvee Wed 14-Feb-18 10:22:54

Thanks, all! Glad it's not just me, then. It just made me sad that the obsession with competing has spilled over into World Book Day, which was always the one safe refuge for my less-sporty DD.
(Every single kid came dressed up as something in the 3 previous years - all non-themed - and they didn't need encouraging!).
Monger - thanks for that. Bloody brilliant.
Witchend - exactly. The sodding popularity/ parental wealth & time contest again. Sigh.
I'm guessing that if I express my disappointment even in an understated way, I will come across as one of 'those parents'? Hey ho.
Thanks again.

megletthesecond Wed 14-Feb-18 11:48:40

Themes ruin world book day. I enjoyed it when the dc's school gave us some freedom. It was a chore when they restricted it to Roald Dahl.

MiaowTheCat Wed 14-Feb-18 12:27:31

Ours are just doing bedtime stories as a theme and getting the kids to come in in pyjamas and onesies. Minimal effort for me = win.

Would just be pointing the kids at the dressing up box and letting them get on with it otherwise cos I cannot be fucked - lion-princess-doctor it would be.

BringOnTheScience Wed 14-Feb-18 14:46:16

LOVE that poem!!! Need to share with teacher friends grin

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 14-Feb-18 17:37:46

I have to admit I’m sceptical about all school prizes. Star of the week/gold merit etc and these things are so subjective and just popularity contests.

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