I thought we had World Book Day sorted this year. To be honest, I was surprised Belle’s school were even doing the dressing up thing at all, I thought it might be more of a primary school vibe, but when we got the letter home Belle assured me that it was all in hand – she was going to go as Hermione Granger and it was all sorted.
In fact, judging by the costumes that some of her friends had chosen, Hermione Granger was basically Elizabeth Bennett. A lot of her peers were apparently going to be dressing up as the classic fictional literary character that is Zoella.
Seriously? Zoella? I pointed out that she was neither a literary character nor in fact the actual author of her own book, but this appears not to matter. This alone warrants a rant surely? I mean, what were they even going to wear? Excessive amounts of make-up perhaps? A vacant look? The letter home from school had specified a ‘recognisable’ costume – a warning I’m sure to the number of children considering going as Muggles – and I just can’t imagine picking out someone ‘dressed up’ as Zoella from the gaggles of regular pre-teen girls making their way noisily to school.
Belle’s costume it turned out was even less recognisable. I came downstairs to find her dressed in her normal clothes – leggings, a t-shirt and a cardigan.
“Shouldn’t you be putting your costume on?” I asked, foolishly. I was rewarded with a glare.
“I’m in it, and I’ve borrowed this necklace,” she informed me, showing me something that apparently made the costume instantly recognisable. “I don’t think I look much like Hermione though. What should I wear?”
What should she wear??
I looked at the clock on the oven. 8.08am. She was due to leave in seven minutes.
“Oh no you don’t,” I said, shaking my head, “no way. I am not getting into this at 8.08am.” Harsh perhaps, but if my years of parenting have taught me anything it’s that you do not get into a costume conversation at 8.08am.
“Fine,” she said, stomping off upstairs, “I’ll just wear school uniform then.”
An excellent plan. She’ll look far more like Hermione in that anyway.
Am I being unreasonable to not be more supportive? What do your children dress up as for World Book Day?
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