It’s World Book Day this week and sourcing costumes for this event is always a chore.
For the uninitiated, World Book Day means that primary
school children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite book
character—and no primary school age child worth his or her salt would pass up
the opportunity to attend school dressed in mufti. (I don’t know whether World
Book Day has any other consequences, but this is the one that affects my
This year is even more tricky than usual. My youngest wants
to dress as Hermione Granger. Not too much of a problem—there are plenty of
Harry Potter crew costumes on sale on the internet. HOWEVER, my oldest has
Tudor Day the day before World Book Day, which requires us to provide full Tudor
costume for her. Then the following day (World Book Day itself), she is going
on a Tudor field trip (don’t ask) which requires full Tudor costume PLUS World
Book Day costume for when she returns from said field trip.
One costume per child on World Book Day is just about
manageable, even if it does send parents scrabbling for the sewing machine or,
more realistically, for their wallets. But two costumes?
Come on school, give us a break.