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?