Good Knight, Mustache Baby (Mustache Baby)

by Bridget Heos (Author) Joy Ang (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Series: Mustache Baby

Everyone's favorite baby-with-a-mustache dons shining armor in hopes of staving off sleep in this hilarious bedtime book.

Knights in shining armor go full baby (and full mustache) in this silly and soothing bedtime adventure. Young knaves will fall blissfully asleep after hearing the tale of two brave knights: Baby Billy, House of Mustache, and Baby Javier, House of Beard, and how they fought to conquer their biggest foe: bedtime! The babies fight their enemy valiantly, but eventually even gallant Baby Billy falls victim to sleep, foiled by, of all things, an enchanted book. Though Billy succumbs to the magic of the story, in his dreams, he rejoins his bearded co-knight . . . and they became the stuff of legend.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3--Mustachioed Baby Billy and bearded Baby Javier team up against a common enemy--bedtime. Their seven o'clock bedtime disrupts their riding, jousting, and giant-slaying, and so they vow "to conquer bedtime once and for all." While attending a story time at the local library, Billy, Javier, and a few of their friends plot their rebellion. However, the librarian's book puts everyone except for Billy into a deep sleep. Upon returning home, a dejected but motivated Billy again fights bedtime. After his fourth attempt, he is captured by his mother and father, who read him the same book from the library. Billy's eyes grow heavy, he falls into a dream adventure, and there meets up with Javier, where they continue their knightly exploits until morning. Heos uses traditional fairy-tale language to achieve a tongue-in-cheek tone that will delight children and parents alike: "From their towers, Billy and Javier could hear the laughter of their brothers and sisters below. This injustice would not stand!" Ang's adorable artwork has white Billy, with ginger hair, and tan-skinned Javier, with a black "beard," sword-fighting with pool noodles, riding hobby horses in full costume, and performing death-defying jumps into blue blanket moats. VERDICT This humorous book will hold children's attention and is sure to elicit a few giggles, in a solid argument for the power of stories.--Shannon O'Connor, Unami M.S., Chalfont, PA

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Bridget Heos
Bridget Heos has written many books for young readers in addition to the Mustache Baby books, among them Fairy's First Day of School. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Joy Ang has illustrated several picture books as well as created art for video games and comics. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
December 20, 2021
Mustache Baby
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV016070 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | Medieval
JUV002270 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical
Library of Congress categories

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