Have you got World Book Day rage? Have you just sat down after frantically scouring the house for something – anything – from which you could cobble together a World Book Day costume for your child?
If so, you're not alone. According to The Sun, World Book Day rage is now a thing among parents, with many taking to social media to vent their frustration.
The paper reports:
Mum Mags Underwood voiced frustrations she shares with many about, by writing: “I hate World Book Day,” accompanied by a photo showing a costume under way.
Jennifer Godwin said: “Does anyone else think world book day is stupid??! For the money you end up having to spend you could buy loads of lovely shiny new books instead!!”
I had to laugh at this because dreaming up World Book Day costumes year after year when you've got three kids is no joke. I'm not exaggerating when I say the prospect has reduced me to tears on more than one occasion.
Happily, a friend came to my aid last year with a last minute genius suggestion so, in the spirit of paying it forward, I am here to offer my own solutions to your own World Book Day panic. Stuck for a costume? Try these canny shortcuts..
George from George's Marvellous Medicine – large spoon, bottle of yucky potion, red long-sleeved t-shirt and jeans.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Backpack, white t-shirt, black shorts, draw Greg Heffley's face on white paper in black marker pen and cut it out for child to hold over his face when asked who's meant to be.
Harry Potter – If you don't have the requisite wand, scarf, robes or tie to hand just fashion some round spectacles from black pipe cleaners and draw on the all-important scar with black eye-liner.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea - Tiger onesie? Sorted.
Where's Wally – red and white stripy jumper and hat, black pipecleaner classes.
Mr Bump – blue face paint and lots of plasters or bandages.
Boy in a Dress – self-explanatory. Don't forget the football shoes and socks
And there you have it. No-one says your kill will win any awards with these costumes but at least they won't be *that* kid whose mum forgot all about World Book Day.
Of course, there's always the chance that the Beast from the East will cause your child's school to close tomorrow and you'll be spared World Book Day altogether. Here's hoping...