Cover image for Mustache Baby / Bridget Heos ; illustrated by Joy Ang.
Mustache Baby / Bridget Heos ; illustrated by Joy Ang.
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, 2013.
Physical Description:
39 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"A picture book about baby Billy, who is born with a mustache, and his parents, who must figure our if it's a Good-Guy mustache, or a Bad-Guy mustache"--Provided by publisher.
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Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 2.5.
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HEO Book Easy Collection

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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.

Author Notes

Bridget Heos is the author of thirteen young adult nonfiction books. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and three sons. Visit her website at

Joy Ang is the illustrator of I Will Not Read This Book and has worked in both the comic and gaming industries. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Visit her website at

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Billy, a toddler with an enviable mustache, is used to ruling the roost. So when Baby Javier shows up with a full beard, competitiveness leads to Wild West-worthy dueling: "Billy had never seen such grit. Except when he was looking in the mirror. He intended to prove that he was the true hero, and Javier was just his sidekick." As in Mustache Baby, Heos and Ang are in perfect comedic sync, and the story's hyperbolic twists will keep kids and their parents thoroughly entertained. Ages 4-8. Agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In the companion to Mustache Baby, testy mustachioed tyke Billy goes head-to-head with the new kid in town, bearded Baby Javier. The string of competitions results in mutual Hyde-like transformations: "His beard grew pointier and pointier, until he had a... / BAD-GUY BEARD." Ang's digital illustrations capture the action and drama, and the sweet diffusion as they become pardners in crime. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.