Monster + mustache = “Huzzah!”—with a soupçon of cool.
“Mo just got a mustache. / A BIG, BLACK, beautiful mustache.” All the other monsters are impressed. Tutu says, “It’s superific!” Nib says, “Dude! Awesome.” Knot says, “I say! What a splendid mustache. Nicely trimmed!” Soon each of the monsters appears, be-mustached. Each hairy facial adornment is different. “Bob, Bill and Ben all got EXTRA-LONG and super-squiggly mustaches. They were on sale!” Mo expresses his dismay: “WHAAA?!” So Mo bids farewell to his happening mustache and decides to rock out a “LONG, LINED, lovely scarf.” Every monster follows suit. Like Queen Victoria, “Mo is not amused.” “WHY IS EVERYBODY COPYING ME?!” And all the monsters confess that they emulate him because they respect his taste and his style. “You’re one hip, happening hombre!” Surprised, Mo suggests a fashion show. The monsters all show off their own styles…and Mo brings his rainbow afro! Author/illustrator Clanton’s supersimple line-drawn monsters in pastel colors perfectly communicate the big emotions of Mo’s tale. The half text/ half speech-bubble narrative will engage storytime audiences and lapsitters with a minimum of inflection on the reader’s part. Requests for repeats are a certainty, and small ones will learn a lesson about individuality while enjoying this delightfully fun monster tale.
Mo’s mustache? Magnifique! (Picture book. 3-6)