Thursday, 7 March 2019

Edgar the Raven t-shirt for World Book Day

World Book Day costume ideas

You couldn't possibly miss the World Book Day: if you were out at the school run hour today, you've seen children in all kinds of outlandish, brightly coloured outfits.
Eddie's school is taking part in this annual event by inviting children to come to school dressed up as their favourite book characters.
Some of the costumes we've seen this morning were wonderfully imaginative.
On the way home from school Eddie was telling me about the school assembly, where the teachers were trying to sort them out into groups. Apparently half of the kids were dressed up in Harry Potter outfits, there were plenty of Hermiones and one Ron Weasley too.

Last year Eddie went to school as Greg Heffley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I made a t-shirt for him and a mask.
This year we were torn between The Raven Mysteries by Marcus Sedgwick and How to Train Your Dragon.
I was happy to draw either of the main characters on a t-shirt.
Raven won. Not surprising really, as he's called Edgar. How could we resist?!

World Book Day costume ideas

Just like last year, I used fabric pens and a white shirt. You will need to place a piece of paper inside the tshirt while you're drawing, so as not to mark the other half.

Edgar is the Raven who resides at Castle Otherhand. The Otherhands are a literary version of the Addams family, with Lord Otherhand, his wife Minty, Solstice, Cudweed, twins Fizz and Buzz and the monkey named Fellah.

World Book Day costume ideas

"Castle Otherhand is home to all sorts of oddballs, lunatics and fruitcakes. It's just as well for all of them that they have a secret weapon: he's called Edgar."

The Raven Mysteries are Gothic novels for children. We love the illustrations by Pete Williamson, they complement the story perfectly.

World Book Day costume ideas

I tweeted the photo to Marcus Sedgwick this morning, and was thrilled when he retweeted it to his followers. That's our five minutes of fame.

What did you child(ren) go to school as? Did you make your own costume?

World Book Day costume ideas


  1. Aww, the T-shirt is so cute. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Anca, my boy was very happy with this t-shirt.