Nov­elty cos­tumes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Ghouls, Maori god­desses, comic­book heroes and even a set of hu­man book­shelves vis­ited Tawa School last Thurs­day in a dres­sup day or­gan­ised by the school’s li­brar­ian.

Most of the school’s 320 students came to school dressed as their favourite book char­ac­ter. Students were en­cour­aged to be cre­ative rather than spend­ing money on cos­tumes, school li­brar­ian An­gela Mars­den said.

An ex­am­ple was Spongebob Squarepants fan Matthew Cot­tle, 6, who used a foam mat­tress to recre­ate his car­toon hero.

Book­worm pupils got to show off their hand­i­work in a fash­ion show in the school’s hall in the morn­ing, and had their cos­tumes judged. Over­all win­ners were sis­ters Maia Kerekere, 6, and Tan­giahua Kerekere, 8, who dressed as Maori god­desses from books they wrote and self-pub­lished.

This is the sec­ond year Ms Mars­den has or­gan­ised a ‘‘dress as a book char­ac­ter day’’. The event en­cour­ages chil­dren to visit the li­brary, and think about the books they love, she said.

Pop­u­lar cos­tumes in­cluded wizards, Pippi Long­stock­ings and Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood. Many chil­dren brought to school the book that in­spired their cos­tume.

A favourite was The Saucepan Man, a char­ac­ter cov­ered in pots and ket­tles, from Enid Blyton’s The Far­away Tree.

Joseph Raouf-Mor­ton, 10, came as Cap­tain Un­der­pants and said he was a bit shy about parad­ing in front of the school. ‘‘It’s em­bar­rass­ing,’’ he said. He reck­oned his white Y-fronts and red cape made one of the best cos­tumes on the day, how­ever.

Oth­er­worldly: Kasie Fowler, 9, won a prize for her Daisy the Ghost Princess cos­tume, in­spired by a story called Crumbly Cas­tle. Ella Smith, 8, came dressed as Alice in Won­der­land.

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