Today marked the finish of Book Week. Book Week at my kids’ school ends with a parade – everyone is invited to dress-up as their favourite book character and take part. The teachers are always in costume (it’s a serious business and I love that they dress-up).
Now I don’t want to ‘rain on the parade’ so to speak but I am a bit of Book Week purist. Characters more commonly associated with the screen? No. Star Wars and Toy Story? Sorry, no. I acknowledge that there are books about Star Wars and Toy Story but really, Darth Vader and Woody are in the movie business. Wizard of Oz – borderline.
I might be the only person on Twitter using the hashtag #BookWeektrends but I’ll give you a quick breakdown of this year’s parade.
On the out: Harry Potter (in previous years you could barely move for all the Harrys).
Holding steady: Pippi Longstocking (because who doesn’t want wire in their plaits?), Cat in the Hat and Where’s Wally.
Emerging trends: Moomintrolls, Mr. Men characters and (worryingly) a few Alices in costumes that looked a little ‘mature’*.
In our house we had one Hey Jack, one Big Nate, one Tintin and one Giant Jam Sandwich. Three quarters of these costumes were assembled this morning before school. I yelled a lot.
Now that you’ve read my wrap-up of Book Week, read Tony Wilson’s. You know Tony’s a Book Week Purist when you read bits such as –
“…Polly is considerably more resistant to public humiliation than I ever was. I wanted to dress her as Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man, but both wife and daughter convinced me that the line between stick and turd was too narrow for Grade 1s to negotiate.”
And so it ends for another year. Despite my best intentions to be more organised next time, I’m fairly sure I’ll be yelling at 8am on August 22, 2014 but one thing is for certain – they’ll be dressed as book characters.
*thank God for leggings.
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