Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Hot Glue and Feathers

Next week my daughter's class is dressing as their favorite book character, fictional or non-fictional. They are going to share with the class why they like the character and what makes the book a "good book." This little project is supposed to spark interest in reading.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Sure it does, if your kid loves Sleeping Beauty or Charlotte's Web. A pink princess and a cute spider- those are easy. My kid? She wants to be a pigeon. Not just any pigeon, mind you, but one that can drive.

We love Mo Willems. His stories are funny and quirky, and his illustrations are unique. Our first intro to Mo was Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus a few years ago. We later read Knuffle Bunny about a million times. The first time we read it, my daughter noticed a man in the illustration wearing a shirt that had the pigeon on it.

On the way home from school yesterday we were discussing which character she should be.

I shouted out, "KNUUUFFLLLEE BUNNNNYY!" and laughed.

She said, "I am not going to dress up like a bunny, mom."

You know, because that would be uncool.

I suggested Laura Ingalls. (Yes, pick that! Laura the pioneer girl! A long dress and some black shoes. How easy would that be?)

"No, I don't want to be Laura," she said.

You know, because that would be too plain.

By last night she had decided she wanted to be a pigeon. Let me get this one straight- It is uncool to be a bunny, but not a pigeon? I am totally not in tune with the elementary student's mind.

I am usually very creative in these matters. I am like the MacGyver of crafts. But, other than a hooded sweatshirt and a beak made from a Dixie cup, I am stumped on this one. Any suggestions on how to design a costume which represents an ugly bird that scavenges in parks and poops on your head, and can drive?

Oh, and he eats hot dogs too.

8 comments:

Susanne said...

I never was good in the costume department. Ask my kids. Haven't a clue. But I wish you Good Luck!

Big Mama said...

Maybe you could find a gray feather boa to glue on to the sweatshirt?

Everybody knows a pigeon is way cooler than a bunny. : )

Tammy said...

Oh, I am not one of those creative costume moms!
Hmmm....pigeon? We haven't heard of this character before. But yep, I would have totally been routing for Laura, too!

Jen said...

My son did this at his school recently he won a prize too :)
all the best with the costume

Anonymous said...

I had this same task a few weeks ago. I highly suggested the mouse from "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and they said "yes!" Yippe...white shirt, bibbed over alls, a simple tail and whiskers and they were set. Good luck with yours. Can't wait to see the pics.

Mommy Dearest said...

Wow. I am the anti-MacGyver of crafts, so I'm no help. That sounds really difficult, not to worry you or anything...

Julie said...

Okay, MacGuyver...now you're in a pickle. I am so NOT crafty that I resort to buying most everything pre-made.

And I'm sure not getting the whole 'not cool bunny' thing and the 'cool pigeon' thing.

My BEST suggestion would be a gray sweat suit with home-made wings.

You'll have to post us a picture of what you come up with. No pressure or anything...LOL.

Linda said...

And so how did this turn out?