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There’s been a lot about in the media about World Book Day this year or is it just my imagination? It seems suddenly to have become A Thing unlike all other costume-related days. I had, like many, pushed it to the outer reaches of my brain until I looked at the calendar on Wednesday night.
Our school had a theme for this year – bedtime stories, appropriate given it is National Sleep Awareness Week. That meant everyone had to come in their pjs. Easy peasy. Except…there was also a competition so pjs alone was not enough. Children [but most probably their parents] had to think of something imaginative around the bedtime story idea. I suggested taping a cardboard bed and pillow onto only son, but he thought this might be slightly uncomfortable at playtime, though quite nice during lessons. I’m thinking of incorporating it into my work outfit.
Only son loves a programme called Deadtime stories, which is essentially bedtime stories that are scary. “I could go as Bloody Mary,” he said excitedly. Hmm. I could just imagine him running round the school, a Church of England school to boot, shouting “Bloody Mary” at full voice. Next he suggested a clown from one of the stories. His sisters did the make-up and, fortunately, we have an orange wig [I’m not sure why]. “I’m Giggles the Killer Clown,” said only son. Hmm. Weren’t killer clowns big on the news around Halloween and wouldn’t it seem in slightly poor taste to go as one to World Book Day? When will dressing up as a clown be ok again? I told only son that Giggles was not happening.