cover image The Day the Mustache Took Over

The Day the Mustache Took Over

Alan Katz, illus. by Kris Easler. Bloomsbury, $13.99 (208p) ISBN 978-1-61963-558-6

Twins Nathan and David Wohlfardt take pride in the number of nannies they have driven to quit, and they expect their latest one to quickly take the same route. But when they meet their first manny, Martin Healey—who sports a “mushy, bushy mustache” and speaks with a fake British accent—the two third-graders know things are about to change. The twins are mischievous on their own, but Martin’s arrival brings a previously unmatched level of absurdity that is sure to delight young readers. In front of the boys’ parents, Martin refuses to stand for their nonsense and demands that they work hard and do their chores. But when the parents are out, his attitude is a dream come true for the twins: “Work? Ha! Chores? Blah! Hygiene? Responsibility? Fuggetaboudit!” Nearly every line of the story is topsy-turvy, turning normalcy on its head, and Easler’s b&w illustrations confirm it. This nonsensical, entertaining tale brings humor and fun to new heights, even as Martin’s brilliant nonchalance slowly teaches the kids better behavior and habits. Ages 7–10. Author’s agency: Adams Literary. (Sept.)