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Gr 3-6-Be prepared for a wacky romp as seventh-grader Casper Bengue uses a hypnotic, brainwashing fake mustache to try to take over the world. The town of Hairsprinkle, its mayor, and finally the United Sates fall under his spell. The only people standing between Casper (now called Fako Mustacho) and his path to world domination are his former friend Lenny and canceled preteen television star Jodie O'Rodeo. Angleberger keeps the action moving as Lenny and Jodie escape Fako's brainwashed goons in a novelty factory full of wigs, confetti, and enough fake snot to keep kids involved. Humorous full-page black-and-white art is scattered throughout. A quick, fun read and first purchase for libraries, especially where the author's "Origami Yoda" series (Abrams) is popular.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Angleberger (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, 2010) clearly knows a thing or two about how middle-grade kids, boys especially, can have an almost bottomless fixation on novelty items. Like, oh, a fake mustache. After Lenny's best pal, Casper, buys the Heidelberg Handlebar #7 (rumored to have been made from the actual mustache of a legendary European assassin), things get weird quick. A string of robberies, orchestrated by a very short man with a very prominent mustache, leads to the suspiciously named billionaire Fako Mustacho's bid for the presidency. Lenny knows that Casper and his 'stache are the culprits, and he enlists the help of a yodeling teen TV star to bring him down. It's kind of a weird strategy to build an entire plot around a few novelty items (various models of sticky-stretchy hands play a big role, too) but Angleberger's foot-on-the-floor zaniness helps pull it off, fueled by a steady stream of gags and utter ridiculousness that make Saturday-morning cartoons seem reasonable in comparison. Pure, unfiltered hilarity. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Origami Yoda and its follow-up, Darth Paper Strikes Back (2011), became kid cult faves, and fans will gobble this up with equal relish.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publishers Weekly
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If the Origami Yoda books hint that Angleberger is just a kid at heart, this madcap adventure seals the deal. Set in the town of Hairsprinkle, it stars seventh-grader Lenny Flem Jr., whose life is upended when his best friend, Casper Bengue, buys a fancy suit and an expensive fake mustache: the Heidelberg Handlebar #7. Soon after, billion-dollar robberies start occurring in Hair-sprinkle, and a mysterious man named Fako Mustacho is quickly becoming a local celebrity-one with major political aspirations. Lenny is sure Casper is behind it all, but with the population under the spell of Fako Mustacho's fabulous mustache, it's up to Lenny and TV star Jodie O'Rodeo (think Hannah Montana crossed with Sandy the squirrel from SpongeBob SquarePants) to save the day. And, naturally, a crisis caused by a fake mustache can only be fixed with gag items like a Nasal Gun and an Ultra-Sticky-Stretchy Grabber Hand. There's no twist too goofy or absurd as Angle-berger pulls out all the stops for this unabashedly silly story. Ages 8-12. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.