Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

When Seventh-grader Lenny Flem lends his best friend some money to buy a fake mustache at the novelty store, he has no idea of the kind of chaos and mayhem he is unleashing. His friend, a guy he thought he knew pretty well, has a plan, and it's the kind of plan that involves heists, hypnotism, dangerous minions and, ultimately, a shot at the White House. Lenny has his work cut out for him - but luckily, he runs into the amazing Jodie O'Rodeo, of teen cowgirl television fame, and it turns out that the two of them (well, three of them, if you count Jodie's amazing Wonder Horse), make a pretty good team. Too bad the odds are stacked against them...

This is a fun read that should appeal to fans of over-the-top humor and crazy escapades. The story is as far-fetched as they come, a true tall tale, and Lenny's honest, funny voice carries the story all the way through to its incredible (literally) conclusion. I found it amusing, and I know it will be an easy sell at my library - but I'd say it's the kind of book that has more kid appeal than adult appeal. And that's not a bad thing. It's a kids' book, after all.

Fake Mustache, 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 by Tom Angleberger (Abrams, 2012)

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