If you could dress up as any character from a book, who would it be?
If you lived in Ireland or the UK, you’d have to put a bit more thought into that one. Thursday, 5 March, was World Book Day in these countries, and although this event is not celebrated in South Africa, we did have some fun looking at pictures on social media of all the kids dressed up as their favourite characters.
I especially loved the ones that deviated from the standard (and boring) superhero or princess getups. There are so many fabulous books in the world, it’s a pity that most of the kids dressing up for book day seem to be taking their inspiration from TV.
So plus one to the teachers at this school:
— Jo Warner (@JoWarner01) February 26, 2015
And though while I do think that there is now simply an over supply of Potter characters, I have made a couple of exceptions. Here are some of my favourites:
1. A Fluffy penguin, from That’s not my penguin.
— Kiddi Caru (@Kiddicaru) March 5, 2015
2. Infant Harry Potter, who is too precious for words
— Geek love (@geeklove3126) March 5, 2015
3. Atypical Harry Potter who gets props for, well, the props
— Sascha Williams (@Sascha_Williams) March 5, 2015
4. Slightly scary baby Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs (What were your parents thinking, kid?)
— Neil Whyte (@opinionatedneil) March 5, 2015
5. The ever Fantastic Mr Fox
— clicktoshoot (@clicktoshoot) March 5, 2015
6. This little girl called Lyra who dressed as Bilbo Baggins (Parenting, you’re doing it right.)
— Sharon Shaw (@cai_boxer) March 5, 2015
7. And this one who picked the Mad Hatter over over-done Alice
— Pink Pig (@PinkthePig) March 5, 2015
8. This very hairy Maclary
— Penguin Licensing (@LicensePenguin) March 5, 2015
9. And this very cute and very hungry caterpillar
— clare thompson (@sundyz) March 5, 2015
So, back to the original question, who would I have dressed up as?
If I were to keep it simple, I’d probably go as a character who I dressed up as frequently when I was a little kid, thanks to a hand-me-down page boy outfit consisting of knickerbockers, waistcoat and staff, together with some string and a brass washer pilfered from my dad’s toolbox.
You guessed it – Frodo Baggins.