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

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5S4.628188
Award-winning author Tom Angleberger flexes his comic muscle in this hairy adventure story with twists at every turn.
Regular kid Lenny Flem Jr. is the only one standing between his evil-genius best friend—Casper, a master of disguise and hypnosis—and world domination. It all begins when Casper spends money from his granny on a spectacularly convincing fake mustache, the Heidelberg Handlebar #7. With it he’s able rob banks, amass a vast fortune, and run for president. Is Lenny the only one who can see through his disguise? And will he be able to stop Casper from taking over the world?

Praise for Fake Mustache

“There’s no twist too goofy or absurd as Angleberger pulls out all the stops for this unabashedly silly story.”
Publishers Weekly

"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."

"The 2012 campaign season just got a little hairier. Kids will delight in the various ways in which Casper exploits his power over grownups."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Appropriately goofy."
The Horn Book

"Angleberger severs all ties with sanity in his latest farce for preteens with hilarious results. There's plenty of action and goofiness. Fans of Angleberger's previous efforts won't be disappointed. Total deadpan lunacy."
Kirkus Reviews

"This is a cute, although improbable, story about two best friends, Lenny and Casper, who live in the small town of Hairsprinkle.. Jodie brings many positive traits of a strong, female hero."
Library Media Connection

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on April 1, 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
ISBN-10: 1419701940
ISBN-13: 9781419701948
17 Book Reviews
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  • jso6
    jso6Monday, May 28, 2018 at 2:22 pm55 stars
    Great book. Although the author didn't say in the book whether or not the mustache could hypnotize people. I hope there's a sequel some day.
    • J.O.E.Z.Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm
      I find this book pretty interesting.I will try to find more of your books.
      • Jakin ongThursday, August 4, 2016 at 1:55 am
        Very nice and funny.....
        • N.O.Y.B.Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm
          it was awesome. so funny. lots of humor. i cant even begin 2 tell u my favorite part it was all hilarious
          • bobThursday, May 12, 2016 at 5:06 am
            I loved it
            • Nathan_the SFMonday, May 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm
              It`s AMAZING. I`ve read it like, 5 times and it`s still awesome!!!
              • MomTuesday, April 26, 2016 at 2:43 pm
                I listened to this book on CD with my daughter. Loved it, couldn't drive, I was laughing so hard. Never sell a fake mustache to a criminal mastermind.
                • StevenFriday, April 1, 2016 at 10:33 pm
                  this book is great but I want to add a warning Don't get a runny nose
                  • JakeyFriday, April 1, 2016 at 6:02 am
                    This book is good but at the end its nos great
                    • nyankitty
                      nyankittySaturday, October 17, 2015 at 11:09 pm
                      what I like about fake mustache is that it starts out plain..........THEN GETS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!! Its about to midle school kids that live in the town of Hair Sprinkle. One kid's name is Lenny and the other is casper and there favorite store is Svens fair price store. The reason its there favorite store is because it has soooooooooooooooooooo many fake items that look soooooooooooooooooooo real. But the expensive mustaches are to realistic looking soooo realistic looking that can HYPNOTIZE people. LENNY and CASPER both know that but casper buys THE HEINDLEBERG HANDLEBAR 7# mustache. But after that the next day theirs a bandit in town small and with........................a mustache. DUN.DUN.DUUUN!!!!!!!!!!!!