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Children's Fiction New Baby

Mustache Baby (lap board book)

by (author) Bridget Heos

illustrated by Joy Ang

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Initial publish date
Aug 2018
New Baby
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Aug 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p


When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his parents have to figure out if it's a good-guy mustache or a bad-guy mustache in this hilarious oversized board book perfect for reading aloud at storytime.

When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy’s mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, “Billy’s disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime.” Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humorand cartoonish illustrations make this board book the perfect baby-shower gift for a mustachioed father-to-be.

About the authors


Bridget Heos is the author of Mustache Babyand Mustache Baby Meets His Match, as well as many nonfiction books for young readers. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband and four children. Visit her website at

Bridget Heos' profile page

Joy Ang is an illustrator living in Edmonton who has worked in both the comic and gaming industry. Recently she has been creating art for children’s books as well as self-publishing a comic anthology called The Anthology Project. When she’s not creating art she’s either enjoying board games with friends, reading a graphic novel, or figuring out what her next project might be.

Joy Ang's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Occasional badness has never been so good."
"The book's oddball sense of humor is unflagging."
Publishers Weekly
"A mustached baby will surely make audiences howl during read-alouds."
Booklist Online
"You never know what you'll get in the delivery room, and something isn't quite right with this new baby. . . . Heos's offbeat tale muses on the possibilities, playing off parental hope and panicky nightmares."
New York Times Book Review
"[This] book bristles with appealing humor."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Quirky, silly fun."
School Library Journal

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