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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 Hardcover – April 1, 2012

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Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, which won the 2010 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for middle readers, Darth Paper Strikes Back, and Horton Halfpott, which Kirkus dubbed “a romp from start to finish.” He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, author and illustrator Cece Bell.

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419701940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419701948
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on March 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fake Mustache

This book is about a 13 year old boy who tries to take over the world. He only uses a mustache for a disguise. His best friend even tries to stop him. he first runs for president and then... THE WORLD!!!!!!!
his friend does so many things that make the book worth reading and it is exiting to the very end.

I read this because I liked his two origami Yoda books so much. This book was even better! I read it until my mother made me go to bed. Then I got up and finished it the next day. The story was an exiting adventure. I wish I could write stories like this!
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Be prepared to laugh! No seriously, I mean it.

Angleberger does it again with this hilarious take on what happens when a seven-year-old has enough money to purchase a "man about town" suit and a "Heidelberg Handlebar Number Seven" mustache.

The novel opens with Lenny Flem Jr.'s point of view, following him through the discovery that his best friend is actually a bank-robbing, governorship-stealing, president-wanting criminal mastermind...all because of a suit and mustache!

The narration is broken into two parts: Lenny and Jodie O'Rodeo. I prefer Lenny's narration, and I felt as if Jodie's took away from the overall novel. But, the chapter titles are clever, the chapter lengths are appropriate, and the overall effect = belly laughs.

While there are parts that will make adult readers go "As if...", young readers will be delighted with the wit and charm of this novel.

This is a fast read, and it is appropriate for both male and female readers.
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I'll admit that I'm a thirty-one year old male that enjoys reading children's literature; I simply find the stories imaginative, fresh, and full of fun. I recently read Angleberger's the Case of the Origami Yoda, and absolutely loved it. Based on that book, I purchased Fake Mustache and loved it even more. This book is hilarious - it even references the A-Team (a television show I loved as a kid). Although I typically find postmodern fiction tiresome and irritating, I thought the exaggerated characters and unbelievability of this story both fantastic and endearing; I was most upset when I had to put it down to go to work. Each character isn't terribly developed, but the storyline is surprisingly original (a rarity in any genre of storytelling), with plenty of comedy, action, and romance. To be put it bluntly: this book is so absurd, it's wonderful. The only comparison I can make is that this work reminded me of Roald Dahl's style of writing, which is pretty good company for any author to be in (although I find Dahl's postmodern take on storytelling to be a bit much for me). Even Angleberger's three part organization is intriguing and fun, enabling the reader to become better acquainted with the protagonists.

Overall, I highly recommend this book; it could be my favorite book, but I know that it will always be one of my favorites. Your child will love it, and you'll love reading it with, or to, your child as well. If you do like this book, I'd also recommend the Origami Yoda series from the same author - it's fine storytelling too (only it's not so postmodern). Angleberger is a great author, and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
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I read this to my seven and eleven year old boys and they really liked it and couldn't wait for bed so I would read more chapters. I liked it because there were a few characters with fun accents that I got to read. I did think it got a little slow in the end and wrapped up quick but otherwise I have loved all of Tom Angleberger's books and look forward to the next one.
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This book is an excellent eye-opener wfor kids. It explains perfectly -- PERFECTLY -- how a politician with no recognizable competence can burst on the scene, manipulate millions of TV-watching myrmidons, co-opt thousands of ill-educated workers within unionized and/or clown professions, and rob America blind.

It's the TV News. It's brainwashing everybody.

Well done, Tom Angleberger.

I love how the book also makes fun of the ridiculous economics of light rail in the state capital.

Just an all-around fun read. Tom Angleberger always delivers believable, likable young characters. Jodie and Lenny are both excellent.

Parent note: language -- some garbled cuss words (GottDangled, Get the Helchfitz out of here); younger siblings are described as "hyperactive little boogers;" there's one use of "Get your butt kicked;" and "You suck!" is in the book at least 4 times. Also, "Goshalmighty, I hate her."
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I said it about Laini Taylor. I said it about Jeff Kinney. Heck, I even said it about J.K. Rowling and now, my friends, I'm saying it about Tom Angleberger: I was into him before it was cool. Seriously, a show of hands, how many of you out there can say that you read his first middle grade novel The Qwikpick Adventure Society written under the pen name of Sam Riddleberger? See, that's what I though. I did and it was hilarious, thank you very much. The kind of thing you read and love and wish more people knew (plus it involved a poop fountain. I kid you not). Years passed and at long last Tom got his due thanks to a little unassuming title by the name of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. By the time Darth Paper Strikes Back came out, Mr. Angleberger was a certifiable hit with the 9-12 year old set. Fortunately for all of us he hasn't rested on his laurels quite yet. He's still willing to stretch a little and get seriously wacky when he wants to. Case in point, Fake Mustache. Just your average everyday twelve-year-old-takes-over-the-world title, Tom's desire for total and complete goofiness finds a home here. I was into Tom before everyone else was, but considering how much fun Fake Mustache is I guess I'm willing to share him a little.

If he hadn't lent Casper the measly ten bucks then it's pretty certain that Lenny Flem Jr. wouldn't have found himself pairing up with famous television star and singer Jodie O'Rodeo to defeat the evil genius Fako Mustacho.
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