The Dreaded World Book Day


I’ve been seeing blog-posts, tweets, IG photos, FB updates of parents who seem to have developed an aversion to World Book day all because the kids have to once again dress-up.  Last time, she went as Elsa during Comic Relief or Red Nosed Day (a   fundraising event for charity here in the UK).

As a first-time mother, I’m not there yet.  I can’t say I’m enjoying it, though it’s lovely to take photos of T all dressed-up.  But I can understand why some mother dread it, especially if they have more than one child to think about.

Imagine my fear when I first asked little T what she wanted to dress-up as on World Book day and she replied “I want to be Anna from Frozen!“.  My mind was racing, I was thinking flipping-ding-dong-bells!  How much will it cost to buy an Anna costume?  Could I buy it second-hand on eBay?  Could I make it?  I remembered someone made costumes for her daughter out of paper.  Could I do that too?  But I’m really crap at doing anything crafty.  That’s beyond my mummy-powers!  

Then I remembered her book “The Night Pirates”.  It’s one of my favourite books of hers.  A charming book about girl-pirates who ask a little boy if he would like to join them for an adventure of fun!  And then inspiration kicked in.

“You could be a girl-pirate!”  I announced this to my little girl, a little bit too eagerly I admit.

“Hmmm.  I’m not sure Mummy!”  The little git darling replied.

“Oh that will be fun!”  I repeated not waiting for her to reply.  I reminded her about her book and even got it to show her how fun it would be to dress-up as a girl-pirate.


“Girl pirates are cool!”  I announced, flipping the pages to show her hoping and praying to all the gods that she’d agree to dress-up as one.


It worked.  Phew.

Thank goodness for that.  Tomorrow, on World-Book-Day my darling girl will go as a rough, tough little girl pirate!  I think it suits her 🙂

Presenting little T’s costume:


Wait a minute, something important is missing from that photo …


Just to make sure we’ve got everything right, here’s a checklist:


I think we’ve got everything covered!  To think we didn’t have to spend a single dime for that outfit.  Her stripey-red top and black trousers are old clothes she’s had for ages. The rest, I have to thank a close friend and her husband who gave little T a “How to dress like a Pirate Kit” complete with bandana, compass and eye-patch, the last time they visited.  “A” if you’re reading this, thank you! 🙂  And the parrot is an old puppet given to T by her grandparents.

Bring it on, World Book Day!

If you are a parent, are you ready for World Book day tomorrow?


  1. The powers of a parent. Good choice. They’ll be plenty of princesses. Never enough girl pirates. We always make our costumes from whatever we have. Mostly because I am not organized enough to have bought one (you can buy them???). Most get made the evening before. Sadly neither of our schools are dressing up this year. So far!

  2. Brilliant idea – and so much better than Frozen!! Girl pirates rock! Not seen that book before so will check that out 🙂 Hope the costume went down a storm! Jess x

    • You said it! I prefer girl pirates than any Frozen character 😉 You must buy the book, it is such a charming little book 🙂 x

  3. I don’t mind the dressing up, but it would be nice if our school could let us know in advance. My kids both came home on Monday with a little note to say kids could dress up if they wanted to, and of course they wanted to! Mad dash then to find something in time, nightmare!

    • We must be lucky then! My daughter’s school sent us a letter about a month ago (I think), which of course gave us ample time to think of what to wear 🙂 I’d react the same and hit the panic button had they only told us last Monday!

  4. Anne Russell

    Well ‘shiver me timbers’! I’m so happy to hear that she’s going as a girl pirate. Far too many girls planning to go as princesses at my school. Hope she has a great day. x

  5. I love it Dean it’s perfect for T, she always looks ace in tomboy attire 🙂
    F is going as a ninja turtle – very tenuous but they on;y told us about it on Tuesday!
    p.s sorry i’ve not stopped by for a while i have been rubbish with my blog reading (so busy!) xx

    • No worries 🙂 I know how busy you are … I bet T would have loved to dress-up as a Ninja Turtle too! Maybe next year? 😉 xx

  6. Ahhh girl pirates rock. What a great costume idea. I don’t get it being an expat and never having dressed up like halloween for a world book day celebration I am puzzled but my son will soon be starting school in September and I best get with it. But I get confused as I thought they have to be characters from books and yet I see a lot of reused halloween costumes and frozen outfits out there too. lol Culture difference you seem to have it down great. Lovely idea. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • It’s new to me too. I’m from the Phil and we don’t celebrate World Book Day either and I know what you mean about Halloween costumes 😉 I guess other parents find it easy to just make-do with what they have. Actually that’s what we did too. We were just lucky that “Night Pirates” is really one of her fave stories and we were lucky too that a friend gave her a pirate-kit last year, to complete the get-up 😉

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