Friday, November 15, 2013

We Must-ache You to Check Out These Books!

Facial hair is sweeping the nation this month with campaigns like Movember and No Shave November.   This year Grafton-Midview Public Library is getting in the spirit by sharing some hairy book selections with you.  Before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to share some background information on these two amazing events.

Beginning in 2003 in Australia, the founders of Movember wanted to help raise funds and awareness for men's health, particularly prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health challenges.  The funds raised help maintain programs to educate people on living and staying healthy despite illness.  In 2012 alone, over $147 million dollars was raised by participants. 
Similarly, No Shave November also raises funds and awareness for multiple charities, including Arkansas Prostate Cancer, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Families of the Wounded Fund. 

Now for the books:

First up is Fake Mustache Or,  How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (And Some Nerdy Kid) Save The U.S. Presidential Election From a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind by Tom Angleberger.  The trouble begins when Casper Bengue borrows money from his friend Lenny Flem Jr.  Casper decides to buy a suit and a fake mustache to make him look like a "short man about town."  Casper doesn't just buy any mustache, but a real human hair Heidelberg Handlebar Number Seven.  When reports surface of a short and mustachioed burglar, Lenny gets suspicious and pairs with Jodie O'Rodeo to save the country.   Make sure you check out the end pages for fun facial hairstyles.

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Margie Palatini strikes gold again with Moosetache, illustrated by Henry Cole.  From the first page, we see that Moose has a problem with his abundant facial hair.  His 'moostache' gets in the way of his hobbies, makes him itch, and causes some serious style dilemmas.  Moose tries everything to tame his whiskers, until he finally meets his match and comes to terms with his fanastic frizz.
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Bridget Heos authors this next adorable read, Mustache Baby.  This baby sports a 'stache from the get go.  The nurse from the hospital warns that the family will have to be on alert to see if Billy's mustache turns into a good-guy mustache, or a bad-guy mustache.  At the beginning it was clear that Billy was a do-gooder, but once his mustache starts to curl at the ends all bets are off.  When Billy gets landed in the slammer (his crib), his parents are alarmed.  Can they help Billy stay on the right track?  

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A fun and interactive board book, Moustache Up!, comes with a packet of different mustaches on the front cover.  Even grown ups will love matching these silly 'staches to the pictures in the book while practicing opposites.

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Warning: poetry may cause your mustache to look more refined!  J. Patrick Lewis pairs with Matthew Cordell's drawings to bring us If You Were a Chocolate Mustache.  This book still makes the list even though the only hints to facial hair are in the title and a poem about Rip Van Winkle.   

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