Character building


Today I’ve got loads to tell you about, but I haven’t got time because I need to ask you for help.

I won’t be able to tell you that Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service is spending my taxes to rescue a deer.

I won’t have time to reflect upon reading that a shop has been banned from selling Breastmilk Ice Cream due to health concerns.

And I won’t be celebrating the genius who has replaced his clunky computer keyboard with a single, old-style morse code key.

No, there is no time for that.

Instead I need your help.  On Friday I am visiting a primary school to see a new library and IT suite being opened. Apparently it is World Book Day or Week or something and I will be expected to dress-up as a character from a book…

I thought that I could be Raskolnikov, the murderous student from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

Mrs R. thought that this would not go down well at a primary school. She said that perhaps I could be the Big Friendly Giant… but on reflection we concluded that I wasn’t big enough. Or friendly enough.

I proposed that I go as Saruman from Lord of the Rings. But apparently he has a beard. Alternatively Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter. But my hair is too short.

“James Bond?” I said.

“Is that a book?” Asked Mrs R. (Honestly – she didn’t know – ha ha).

Her best suggestion was that I could go dressed as Percy the Park Keeper, with my wheelbarrow and wellies and some small furry animals. But I don’t think I’m plump enough or good-natured enough for that.

So… suggestions please. What literary character would suit me (preferably one who wears normal clothes – because I will have to walk to the school, in public)? And I mustn’t frighten the smaller children.


11 Responses to “Character building”

  1. 1 Fiona

    Have you thought about Christopher Robin of Winnie the Pooh fame? A pair of blue shorts, a polo shirt and a teddybear to drag around and – Hey presto – a character that they should all be able to relate to.

  2. 2 Andrew

    Little Boy Blue … blue shirt, blue jeans and some sort of blue cap!

    I have spent the last two nights making a spider costume for my son … he is going as Insey Winsey Spider

  3. 3 Simon

    What about?

    Dr Watson, or Sherlock Holmes
    Jeeves or Wooster
    Billy Bunter?

  4. 4 Mike S

    With your coastal connections, the two that immediately spring to mind of course, are Portland Bill, and Archie the Inventor from Balamory (actually – that last one was more inspired by seeing Miles Jupp at the theatre last night).
    Not sure if they really count as literary characters though.
    Anyway, you’d need to grow a beard…..or get a pink sweater and kilt. (I’m guessing that you don’t have at least one of those items….).

  5. 5 Graham

    How about Wee Willie Winkie, you would not need to get dress just go in your night gown.

  6. I second Sherlock Holmes, Watson not so much. Holmes just need the hat, pipe or a violin! 😉

    Like the thought of Christopher Robin although you’d have to walk the streets in little shorts carrying a teddy bear!

    How about –

    Willy Wonka
    The BFG would work because to the primary school children you will seem Giant. Might need to work on friendly 😉
    The Fat Controller
    The Madhatter (from Alice In Wonderland)
    Captain Hook or Smee
    Scarecrow or Tin Man from Wizard Of Oz
    Harry Potter!
    Something from Enid Blyton? Famous Five or Secret Seven? Noddy!?

    Can’t think of any more right now.

  7. 7 Ann

    Rupert Bear? Then if you play golf you could reuse the trousers!


  8. Thanks everyone – lots of good ideas! I can’t make up my mind.

    Billy Bunter would be good – I could adopt method acting and get stuck into the sticky buns.

    Tight blue shorts or pink sweaters are…alarming.

    Willy Wonka? Could I really follow Johnny Depp?

    Mrs R just suggested Tintin. But I’m too old, I feel.

    I’ll let you know what I decide.

  9. 9 Mike S

    Let us know whet you decide? We’re expecting photographs!

  10. I’m sure you could follow Johnny, you wouldn’t have to play it quite as strangely as Johnny did. We expect pictures!

  11. 11 Paul Smith

    Alex, If you didn’t get banned or lynched how about a giant peach next time. Universal, big and non-threatening.
    The image is now with me for the rest of the day

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