World Book Day has always been a day I have looked back on fondly. I loved dressing up as a child and often got my parents to craft me outfits for my favourite characters as World Book Day approached.
My all time favourite costume was “Burglar Bill” from the fab children’s book ‘Cops & Robbers’. My parents made me a costume from the items I had in my wardrobe and wrote SWAG on an old pillow case. The copper to my robber was one of my Troll dolls and I had a moustache drawn on with an eyeliner pencil.
Back then our supermarkets weren’t full of World Book Day costumes and we didn’t have Pinterest to inspire our costumes. So I am quite impressed my parents managed to make me look reasonably similar to the character I wanted to go as.
When it came time to send our little dude to his first World Book Day at school it was quite simple. He had a costume for dress up that fit a book he enjoyed reading, so it was as simple as convincing him it was a good idea. He looked adorable and no money was spent. But that was the last year we got away with that.
The second World Book Day for our little man was a bit more tricky. He loved lots of different books but didn’t really have a costume that fit any of the characters. So we relied on a supermarket dash and came up with the idea of Zog, as we spotted a dragon costume. The dragon costume ended up being a hit in the dressing up box, right up until he out grew it, so it was a win all round.
The next World Book Day seemed to launch itself at us super fast. Which meant we were totally under-prepared and forced to purchase another costume from the supermarket. Luckily this time we knew exactly what to purchase as M was really into pirate books at the time and we had just the book.
This year we started planning M’s costume a few weeks ago. He wanted to be a crocodile, I suggested the crocodile from Peter Pan and we saved toilet rolls and got crocodile textures printed to make our own homemade costume. Then everything changed.
I ended up poorly, spare time got filled and suddenly we were counting down the days. As we did our weekly shop we browsed through the available costumes. M is a big reader now so there was lots to fit books he had read. Yet he chose Harry Potter, a book he is yet to read. But never one to pass up the opportunity to purchase a new book, I got him the costume and the book. Clara and I have both read all the books and loved them. So we promised him we will all work our way through the books with him. I have to admit, he makes a fab little Harry Potter.
Do you love or loathe World Book Day? What are your kids dressing up as on Thursday?