Written by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang
When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy's mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, Billy's disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime.
Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor and cartoonish illustrations make this the perfect baby-shower gift for a mustachioed father-to-be.
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Mustache Baby Meets His Match
When Baby Javier comes for a playdate, Baby Billy, a.k.a. Mustache Baby, feels the need to show him a thing or two, seeing how Javier's new to town - and also sports an impressive beard. What ensues is a hilarious test of wills and facial hair, as each baby sets out to prove his manliness. It seems Mustache Baby may have truly met his match...but one-upmanship isn't the point of a playdate, is it?
Available March 2015
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I Mustache Ask You a Question
Q. How did you get the idea for Mustache Baby?
A. I'd written a lot of books, but all of them had been nonfiction. I'd always wanted to write a fiction book, but figured it wasn't in the cards. I never had a single idea. Then one day I was in the school library with my 1st grade (at the time) son Richie and his friends. They saw the cover of Jerry Spinelli's book, Crash, and fell on the floor laughing. (Literally, they were ROTFL.) I thought, "If these children want a story about a baby with a mustache, I'll give them a story about a baby with a mustache. If it's the last thing I do." And that's exactly what I did. Well, then I cooked dinner, so technically it wasn't the LAST thing I did.
Sometimes people ask if I wrote the book in hopes of cashing in on the mustache trend. I wouldn't put it past me! But no. See, the book came out when my 1st grade son Richie was nearly a 5th grader! That's how long it takes a picture book to come out. People also ask if my baby daughter was the inspiration. Again, she came much later. But my sons and I are often inspired to put mustaches on her!
I have three sons: Johnny, Richie, and J.J., and their toddler years are the inspiration for the heroic and dastardly acts that Mustache Baby does!
We love you, Mustache Baby! (Reviews)
"Occasional badness has never been so good."