World Book Day isn’t about fancy dress (apologies to the boy who went as a giant atlas)

World Book Day is upon us, and primary school classrooms across the country are filled with overexcited, undersized BFGs, Mary Poppinses and Gruffalos. Meanwhile, parents will be arriving at work frazzled and smeared with facepaint. Because as we all know, despite the very best efforts of its organisers, World Book Day isn’t principally about reading – it’s about dressing up. There is no disputing that kids love it. No sooner is it over than mine start planning next year’s costumes – their ideas are always insanely overambitious, and usually only tangentially related to books. Has Sonic the Hedgehog ever appeared in print? Could I perhaps construct his spiky blue head using egg cartons? These are the questions I find myself grappling with approximately 15 minutes before we need to leave for school. One year I was sure I would have to cut a Willy Wonka hat out of my son’s hair at the end of the day, as we hadn’t allowed any time for the glue to dry. Of course, an impressive number of parents do manage to spend hours lovingly hand-crafting costumes. (Generally they have reception-aged children, and haven’t yet worked out the life hacks needed to avoid this… Read full this story

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