This is the question I've been getting as I've Tweeted about the assembly of Oliver's Halloween costume this year. Fair question, I suppose. Even as he graced the streets of Franklin last night in his stellar little costume most of the comments he received were things like, "Oh, what a cute little mouse!" or "Is he Despereaux?"
So, we didn't choose Bob the Builder. It would have been easier and more recognizable, but Oliver (and we!) love Reepicheep!
Here's a video clip from Disney's version of Prince Caspian where Caspian meets Reepicheep for the first time:
One of our favorite bits about Reepicheep is found in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He accompanies Caspian on his voyage in the hope of finding Aslan's Country at the end of the world. At one point Reepicheep accidentally falls off the ship. Everyone's panicked because someone's fallen overboard and when they realize it was the mouse they are a little miffed to have to go back to save him.
They hear Reepicheep exclaim as he swims delightedly in the water, "It's sweet! It's sweet! The water is sweet!". He then recalls to all his companions a dryad prophesy from when he was a baby:
Where sky and water meet,
Where the waves grow sweet,
Doubt not, Reepicheep,
To find all you seek,
There is the utter East.
I like to think of Reepicheep's longing for Aslan's country like our own longing for Heaven. Reepicheep lived his life in search of it - always longing, always seeking. Like Reepicheep, this Earth is not our home.
So, I hope this answers the question of, "What is a Reepicheep?" :)
Now, onto some photos of our own sweet guy in his Mama-made Reepicheep costume!
As we were showing him his newly-constructed costume and getting him dressed he excitedly informed me, "This is my best costume ever!"
He fell asleep in the car shortly before it was time to begin our evening.
He was so cuddly!
Would you make fun of me if I called him "Sleepicheep?" :)
Now we're off!
(Seriously, check out that awesome tail - that thing had life!)
(I coached Oliver just a little to get as many "orange squares" as he could. I'm shameless!)
Beatrice and her Mama and Papa came along too. Can you guess who she was dressed as?
Oliver and his Papa had to take a time out when the going got a little too greedy. Sitting out a few houses got him back on track and he was a happy mouse once again!
Did y'all go Trick-or-Treating last night? How did you costume your children? Did you dress up as well? I would LOVE to hear!!!