Mo's Mustache

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Mo is a monster who just got a mustache. A big, black, beautiful mustache. Everybody likes Mo's mustache. Now Knot, Dot, Nib, Tutu, Bob, Bill, and Ben all have mustaches too. In fact, soon EVERYBODY has a mustache! Why is everyone copying Mo? And how will he (and his mustache) ever stand out?

     A wonderfully silly book about style and individuality, sure to grow on readers who don't have facial hair -- and even those who do!

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Overview

Mo is a monster who just got a mustache. A big, black, beautiful mustache. Everybody likes Mo's mustache. Now Knot, Dot, Nib, Tutu, Bob, Bill, and Ben all have mustaches too. In fact, soon EVERYBODY has a mustache! Why is everyone copying Mo? And how will he (and his mustache) ever stand out?

     A wonderfully silly book about style and individuality, sure to grow on readers who don't have facial hair -- and even those who do!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Huzzah! Laugh-aloud funny, Clanton’s story also offers a way to begin discussing individuality or peer pressure.”
— School Library Journal

"If you're looking for books to include in a Movember display, don't miss Mo's Mustache. . . . It's a simple, cute book about individuality elevated by Ben Clanton's watercolor and ink illustrations. Mo, with his big nose, double horns, and spiky tail, is particularly cute."
—PartnersWest

“Monster + mustache = ‘Huzzah!’ With a soupçon of cool . . . Requests for repeats are a certainty, and small ones will learn a lesson about individuality while enjoying this delightfully fun monster tale. Mo’s mustache? Magnifique!”
—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Mo, a curious cartoon character with horn-like ears, cheers at the arrival of a box from the Marvelous Mustache Company. He opens it eagerly on the title page to don a “BIG, black, beautiful mustache.” Many other cartoon-y characters admire it. Soon each of them has acquired his own. Mo, feeling outdone, packs his mustache away and welcomes a “LONG, lined, lovely scarf,” only to be outshone again by his friends. Mo angrily asks, “Why is everybody copying me?!” When they explain that they admire him as a “fashion guru,” Mo decides they must all hold a fashion show. Everyone can show off, but Mo tops them all with his mustache and a “brand new Afro (vintage 1970).” There are no settings here, just characters in the simplest of shapes, like walking heads with a few extra lines to express emotion, all rendered in watercolor and ink “using a mustache as a brush.” Humor dominates the interactions aided by a few words from speech balloons. Do not miss the contrasting jacket and cover plus poster on the cover reverse. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS-Gr 2—The title page states that the artwork in this book was "rendered in watercolor and ink using a mustache as a brush." Based on Clanton's zany characters, this is no doubt true. Hero Mo looks like an upside-down yellow sock with antelope horns and a starred tail. He is an unwilling trendsetter. When he dons a huge black mustache, every creature around exclaims approval, then acquires a mustache of its own. When imitation again ensues after Mo's scarf innovation, he loses his temper. The other monsters explain that it's all done out of admiration for his sense of style. Wise Mo replies, "I think you're stylish too," and organizes a fashion show where each creature struts its own creative stuff with hats, socks, a tutu, or, in invisible Imp's case, nudity. Of course, Mo is the star with his scarf, mustache, and rainbow Afro (vintage 1970). Huzzah! Laugh-aloud funny, Clanton's story also offers a way to begin discussing individuality or peer pressure.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-01
Monster + mustache = "Huzzah!"--with a soupçon of cool. "Mo just got a mustache. / A BIG, BLACK, beautiful mustache." All the other monsters are impressed. Tutu says, "It's superific!" Nib says, "Dude! Awesome." Knot says, "I say! What a splendid mustache. Nicely trimmed!" Soon each of the monsters appears, be-mustached. Each hairy facial adornment is different. "Bob, Bill and Ben all got EXTRA-LONG and super-squiggly mustaches. They were on sale!" Mo expresses his dismay: "WHAAA?!" So Mo bids farewell to his happening mustache and decides to rock out a "LONG, LINED, lovely scarf." Every monster follows suit. Like Queen Victoria, "Mo is not amused." "WHY IS EVERYBODY COPYING ME?!" And all the monsters confess that they emulate him because they respect his taste and his style. "You're one hip, happening hombre!" Surprised, Mo suggests a fashion show. The monsters all show off their own styles…and Mo brings his rainbow afro! Author/illustrator Clanton's supersimple line-drawn monsters in pastel colors perfectly communicate the big emotions of Mo's tale. The half text/ half speech-bubble narrative will engage storytime audiences and lapsitters with a minimum of inflection on the reader's part. Requests for repeats are a certainty, and small ones will learn a lesson about individuality while enjoying this delightfully fun monster tale. Mo's mustache? Magnifique! (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770495388
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 408,150
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben Clanton's debut picture book, the equally silly, stylish and timely Vote for Me!, was published in 2012 to critical acclaim. He is the illustrator of the Jasper John Dooley series by Caroline Adderson and the illustrator of Max Has a Fish by Wiley Blevins. He has upcoming picture books with Candlewick and Walker Books for Young Readers. Ben and his facial hair reside happily in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and three furry friends. The author lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    This darling little book deals with the themes of individuality

    This darling little book deals with the themes of individuality and peer-pressure.  Mo is a monster with a big nose, double horns and a spiky tale.  He sends away for a very trendy moustache and sports it around his friends.  Oh my, he does look handsome and dapper and sophisticated and unique....but wait when he finally stops and looks around he finds all his friends are wearing a moustache too....just like his!!! Well Mo is not happy or amused so he ditches the 'tash and gets a scarf to make him a trendsetter and not be like everyone else.  Guess what happens?   Mo approaches his friends and demands to know why they are copying him and want to steal his thunder in the fashion world.  He discovers that they love his style, in fact they love it so much they want to look just like him.  He is their fashion hero, their guru.  Mo then feeling very flattered by his fan base goes ahead and stages a fashion show with his friends.  Clanton did such an excellent job with the watercolour and ink illustrations.  They are funny and charged with emotion making this book a great read aloud. 




    The book is perfect to open up a dialogue on being yourself and discussing your feelings when others take your creative side and copy it.  Mo discovers that imitation is often the best form of flattery and goes all out basking in his awesomeness and passing it on willingly to his peers.

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