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 humor and cartoonish illustrations make this the perfect baby-shower gift for a mustachioed father-to-be.
This book is amazingly clever, absolutely enjoyable, and I love that so much of the story is told visually through the illustrations (which are amazing!)
Funny story about two babies. They, like other children rival to be the best, and when it doesn’t work out like they want it to, the worst seems to come out in each of them. Finally, however, they realize that working together is much better than being the best. It also has some fun cowboy jargon the parents will enjoy.
Bridget Heos grew up in a family that told lots of stories. Her family also supported her creative endeavors. For instance, her parents let her put on big plays in their backyard, which was her first paid writing job.
Fast forwarding to adulthood, Bridget became a social worker and teacher, but soon transitioned into freelance writing for local newspapers, magazines, and businesses. Finally, her son’s love of nonfiction books, particularly ones about turtles, led to her dream job. She wondered, “Who writes all these turtle books?” A little research revealed that it was ordinary writers like her.
Through a children’s writing group, Bridget connected with an editor seeking writers for hire. Her first assignment was to write a middle grade biography of the rapper Jay-Z. Since then, she has written around 100 nonfiction books for children, mostly about science.
For a long time, Bridget didn’t think she had a big enough imagination to write fiction. To remedy that, she read 100 well-loved picture books one Summer. That Fall, she got the idea for Mustache Baby. She has since written a handful of picture books, and still writes nonfiction.
She lives with her husband, three sons, one daughter, and a cat in Kansas City, Missouri.
Hello, my name is Joy Ang and I’m currently a freelance artist living in Edmonton. Lately I’ve been illustrating children’s books and working as a character designer on Adventure Time.
I was born in Calgary, Alberta, and graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Design in 2007. I got my start making art professionally with Udon Comics and got into the gaming industry with BioWare. In 2009, along with my pals Nick Thornborrow & Sam Bradley, I helped create and publish 2 volumes of The Anthology Project; a collection of short comics by various talented artists. (Bio via joyang.ca)