Tom Angleberger has written several wacky and fun books for kids, but he’s recently burst into prominence with The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and its sequels. (See my review here.) Not content to simply build on the popularity of all things Stars Wars, Angleberger has now given us (drum roll, please):
Fake Mustache, by Tom Angleberger (lexile: 710; AR book level: 4.6; 202 pp)
Subtitle: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind
The Heidelberg Handlebar #7 is not just any run-of-the-mill fake mustache — it’s unique, made from a real mustache, and with the power to make a 7th-grade boy who wears it seem like a man-about-town — or a governor — or maybe the President of the United States! So when Lenny Flem, Jr, loans his best friend Casper Bengue ten dollars so he’ll have enough to get the Heidelberg Handlebar #7 — watch out!
Soon after, the bank in their town of Hairsprinkle is robbed by a “short, well-dressed man-about-town sporting a spectacular handlebar mustache.” Hmm. Then the not-too-obviously named Fako Mustacho uses his new-found wealth to purchase a novelty company, get himself elected governor, and set his sights on the White House. Only Lenny knows the truth, but he’s on the run because Casper has framed him as the bank robber. Into the story gallops Jodie O’Rodeo, once-popular cowgirl star of the The Jodie O’Rodeo Showdeo. Will Jodie O’Rodeo’s trick riding and Lenny’s Super Sticky Hand be enough to stop Fako Mustacho from taking over the world?
Fake Mustache is a funny story with wacky characters, short chapters, and fast action. It would be a great classroom read-aloud (especially if you gave everyone fake mustaches and sticky hands to go with it). It will SOON be in the Decatur Public Library!