Thursday, 7 March 2013

World Book Day 2013

Today is World Book Day, a day both loved and dreaded - loved for the sheer joy of celebrating books, especially with children; and dreaded because of the need to provide costumes for school.

My girls read voraciously. We can't keep them supplied with enough books and the bookshelves in every room in the house are stacked two deep; that's lovely but I do sometimes feel as if the shelves are closing in on me! They always know who they want to be for the day, and this year we have a clear Harry Potter theme.

I give you:

Luna Lovegood

SmallSmall's long blonde wavy hair is perfect for Luna, and she decided to go as Luna heading off to Hogsmeade ie not school uniform. She already had the cloak (my old Uni gown) and the wand, and she made herself a Quibbler (to be held upside down at school) and some Spectrespecs.


I was left to make a cork necklace to ward off Nargles - which is the best excuse to buy a bottle of red I have ever had - and a pair of dirigible plum earrings. 


These nearly ended me. The leaves fell off the first pair, so I remade them at 7.30 this morning and the second pair have deathcracks. Plus her ears are unpierced so they are threatening to fall off their elastic loops. I'll be stunned if they make it home intact!

Fleur Delacour


My beautiful tall ten year old was enchanted by the elegant Beauxbatons students both in book and the film of the Goblet of Fire, and pleaded for a long sleeved blue dress and a little cape. This is her last year at primary school, and possibly the last dressing up day she'll be doing; how could I say no? The costume was not too hard in principle, but I put the first sleeve in upside down, and then put the popper for the cape on the wrong side. Argh.


I am going in to school to work later. I shall be dressing as Professor Sprout. I may take a plant with me.

30 comments:

  1. Such fabulous costumes--and especially exciting to see them made up after hearing about the plans on Saturday! Do we get to see Professor Sprout?!

    K x

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  2. Oh, well done, they look wonderful!

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  3. I am so disappointed that my Smalls are not dressing up for WBD today. I also wish I was working today as I have the easiest costume to wear- all brown with a leaf on my head as Stick Man!!!
    You have excelled yourself with Luna and Fleur- they look amazing. And I want to see a photo of Prof Sprout asap...
    Ax

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  4. Fabulous! Love the spectrespecs!
    Today I have Verucca Salt as a daughter, and a pirate son, not from Peter Pan or Treasure Island as I suggested, but In an Adventure with Scientists.

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  5. They look amazing! Well done.

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  6. How wonderful, and you are so right about the panic brought about thinking which character to choose , costume decision changed so many times in this house I could have done with a Hogwarts student to magic my mini minx into making her mind up, she finally flew to schools as a flower fairy - also a favourite of mine as a child. Loving the earrings, hope they were worth the late night?

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    1. The earrings actually did survive the day! She said they were a bit awkward and kept falling off, but she really liked them,. Phew!

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  7. You did good and have shamed me more than a little with your tenacity! My daughter has gone as Lola (Charlie and) - we already had the clothes, tied blue ribbons in her blonde hair, fashioned a glass of pink milk out of cardboard and she went to school clutching a stuffed Charlie! Easy peasy!

    My son, at 14, would rather eat a hair sandwich than dress up as anything!

    Heather x

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  8. Fab! Our school only does WBD every other year (breathes a sigh of costuming relief).

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  9. Tell your girls they look awesome. I'm sure Professor Sprout does too. My eldest went as Draco Malfoy about ten years ago (!), he was quite fair then and we slicked his hair back. He looked awesome too and won a prize -at the time everyone went as Harry so he really stood out.

    So glad I don't have to do the dressing up thing anymore.

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  10. They both look lovely :)

    Little Son always went as Harry Potter - meant he could wear his specs all day!! Big Son didn't really enjoy it - Alex Rider was a favourite as it meant just own clothes!!

    Sad now that they are too old for all this - however plans are afoot for something wacky for RND next week!

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  11. Excellent Job Ms. Dotty! The girls look fab. I think book days are so fun -- enjoy them while you can, they'll be over soon!

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  12. It's wonderful your children love reading so much. We are a family of bookworms. The costumes are great. It must be difficult to choose a favourite character. I'd pay money to see you dressed as Prof. Sprout! Have fun! : )X

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    1. It really was the option that required the least thought or effort - having hosted one Harry Potter party and been drafted in as an extra for another one, I can be a random Hogwarts teacher with about 5 minutes notice :-)

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  13. So why no picture of Professor Sprout? The girls look terrific... and I can't believe how they are growing up so quickly! I remember meeting small small before she even started school!

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  14. oh they look great, that fleur outfit is quite brilliant, you are clever xxx

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  15. Brilliant costumes and lovely to see them all made at home - so many are just bought online these days, which is understandable but homemade ones are always best!

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    1. I agree - I like the slightly cobbled together look :-)

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  16. They are marvellous costumes Val! I bet your girls had a wonderful day and sounds like you might have had a fun time too!

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  17. I think we need a pic of you as Professor Sprout!

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  18. Wonderful costumes! We are big fans of homemade costumes too, even though the last minute mind changing is stressful. 9 year old considered James Bond and Gollum but eventually went as Biggles thanks to a lucky find of a flying jacket at the jumble last year. Though I'm sure most of the children didn't know who he was!

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  19. How fun is this? I love it!!!! The Harry Potter series is so fun for kids.

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  20. love your sewing for WBD, You are amazing Dotty. Working at senior school we had the Stop Everything And Read running all week which was brilliant. To be encouraged to down tools and read for 15 mins per day was lovely and enabled me to start reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens again. Lovely to read your blog again - i have been away from my little blog too long but I have been busy crafting. Jane x

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  21. They look great though have to admit I haven't read any of the HP books or seen any of the films. Think I was put off by an early reviewer's description of Billy Bunter on broomsticks!

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  22. Very well done with both these costumes ,excellent!pix of you please ..love Jan xx

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  23. Oh you are brilliant Val! The girls look fabulous - but I agree with everyone else.... when do we get to see Professor Sprout??? Lucy xx

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  24. What a fabulous mum you are! Most children dressed up as either witches, footballers or fairies last year (easy on hand dress up!)...I was going for the little red riding hood look, but my little one was ill so I got away with it this year.

    Nina xxx

    ps. I feel like I live in a library most days - the amount of books we have teetering all over the place.

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  25. They look brilliant! They are super lucky to have you making them such great costumes, I agree though that it can feel a bit of a chore for the parents....actually it's more that (at our school at least) we have to provide costumes quite often for so many different things. Some Mums need to find a 'red velvet or red tweed' jacket for their kids in the form play next week!!....luckily my boy only needs black trousers and a jumper. Phew. Hope you enjoyed being Prof. Sprout! Beth/thelinencat xx

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  26. Oh, wow! Such amazing costumes, even though so different. I love the effort and authenticity behind your Fleur, and the perfect little details for Luna. You're the best kind of mum (and am guessing a pretty brilliant Prof Sprout, too)!

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