Fun by proxy with World Book Day (Ireland and UK)

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:

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.

2. Infant Harry Potter, who is too precious for words

3. Atypical Harry Potter who gets props for, well, the props

4. Slightly scary baby Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs (What were your parents thinking, kid?)

5. The ever Fantastic Mr Fox

6. This little girl called Lyra who dressed as Bilbo Baggins (Parenting, you’re doing it right.)

7. And this one who picked the Mad Hatter over over-done Alice

8. This very hairy Maclary

9. And this very cute and very hungry caterpillar


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.

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