I Was Fako Mustacho

Fako Mustacho updated
There were a lot of giggles and chuckling, and pointing, yesterday as I donned a fake mustache and fedora for our school’s Dress Up Like a Literary Character Day. I decided I would be Fako Mustacho, the somewhat-odd-villain in Tom Angleberger’s book, Fake Mustache, who rigs an election in an attempt to become president with the help of the mustache (you’ll have to read the book to figure that one out).

While not a single one of my students could figure out who I was (not one had read Fake Mustache), by the end of the day, all of them knew about the book (I had it on hand and showed it each of my classes) and I have a line of kids wanting to read it. (You’re welcome, Tom.) It was fun but itchy. I was happy to get it off my lip at the end of the day.

Peace (in the literary fun),

PS — I wish I could have ordered a mustache that was a little longer, and red. But you take what you can get …


  1. Very nice! I love the way you marketed Fake Mustache! I bought 3 copies when it was released and all I had to say was, “the writer who brought us Origami Yoda has a new book out…” then I sustained nasty paper cuts when the masses took to tearing the book out of my hands.

    I have some baby pink mustaches to go along with the gray, black and brown collection in my desk – one never knows when facial hair will be needed quickly and you’d be surprised at how long it takes for my own mustache to fill in. I think the “Walter Cronkite” might look nice on you…

  2. Very fun, Kevin. I think I’m going to have to read this book! There are students who are wearing mustaches about at our school because of the book-a new trend!

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