World Book Day is a dangerous thing

Tomorrow is World Book Day. There’s already been a bit of a hoo-ha in the Guardian about parents who make their own costumes.

Well, World Book Day was a day early at our daughter’s school and – I confess – I am that parent.

It all started when she was two. Her nursery at the time told us World Book Day was coming up, and I promptly forgot all about.

The day rolled around. We arrived, harassed, slightly late, breakfast crumbs around the mouth. We walked in to find every other child was a princess, a pirate, a caterpillar, a bear.

For the Book Day group photograph they cobbled together a kimono and hat for her to wear, but I won’t forget the moment I dropped her off that day. The disappointment. The sad, questioning eyes. And I vowed, never again.

And I’ve done okay so far. We’ve had Super Daisy, Spiderman and now Betty O’Barley.

If you aren’t familiar with Betty, she is the heroine of the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book The Scarecrows’ Wedding.

How hard can it be? I thought. I’ll just sew the straw onto the dress. These thoughts would come back to mock me as I sat on the floor in our lounge desperately trying to re-attach handfuls of straw at midnight, and then again as I manically hoovered the whole house (the whole house!) this morning.

Still, it’s a small price to pay, right?

In honour of the event I composed the following poem. Apologies to Julia Donaldson for its quality.

Our house is all covered in straw,
From the bed to the living room door;
I cleaned for an hour
Then jumped in the shower
And discovered a little bit more.



Have any of you made costumes for World Book Day this year? Got any parenting horror stories about costumes that didn’t work, or times you forgot altogether?

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