A MUM has caused a stir online after slamming World Book Day and calling the occasion a “pointless, costly, pain in the a**e”.
The woman took to Mumsnet’s Am I Being Unreasonable? thread to share her controversial opinion about the day, which sees schools invite students to dress as their favourite book characters.
A mum has divided opinion by slamming World Book Day, and labelling it “pointless and costly”Credit: Alamy
“world book day is a pointless, costly pain in the a**e for working parents,” she wrote as the subject of the post, before adding: “Does it make any difference to reading levels?
“As a solo working mum, I find it a total pain and costly too.”
Others were quick to weigh in on the debate, with many people insisting prepping for the day doesn’t have to be pricey.
“The children enjoy it and it’s a day to spend exploring books and raising the profile of reading,” one person wrote.
“There’s a lot of things that are a pain in the a**e but it doesn’t make them pointless.
“Just dress your kids in their own clothes and find them a character who doesn’t have a specific outfit – it’s really not that hard.”
“I think a chance to encourage children to enjoy books is great,” someone else added.
“Done well it should focus on the pleasure of reading rather than the academics of reading.
“Part of the problem is too many parents see it as some sort of competition and make the costumes much more complicated than they need to be.”
“I work in a school and I love it,” a third comment read.
“A whole day discussing books and seeing children excited about books is important.”
Students are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book character on World Book Day, which this year is on 3rd MarchCredit: Alamy
But some people agreed with the poster, with one writing: “I think it’s a load of w**k.”
“I hate it with a passion,” another person commented.
“A million of children with something painted on their forehead and glasses never got anyone reading anyway.
“Or dressed up as Mrs Hinch.”
“World book day is a ridiculous idea that in my opinion does nothing to encourage reading and it’s just another thing added to the list of things to stress the majority of parents out,” someone else wrote.
While another person hilariously suggested: “Don’t send them in then say they went as The Invisible Man / Woman.”
World Book Day is this year being held on Thursday 3rd March, and will also mark the 25th anniversary of the occasion.
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