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The day the mustache took over, Alan Katz ; illustrations by Kris Easler

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The day the mustache took over
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The day the mustache took over
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Alan Katz ; illustrations by Kris Easler
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eng
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"David and Nathan are twin brothers who just can't seem to keep a babysitter around for long -- they've had 347 after all. Or is it 734? Either way, there's got to be someone who can handle these two. Enter: Martin Healy Discount, or 'Murray Poopins' as the boys dub him"--
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  • Grades 3-5 Two incorrigible twins are pitted against a decidedly oddball new babysitter—their 347th (or maybe 734th). Dispatched from the “Martin Healey Discount Nanny Agency,” Martin arrives in a storm on the family’s doorstep bearing a huge mustache and a line of prim patter reminiscent of Mary Poppins (or “Murray Poopins,” as third-graders David and Nathan secretly dub him)—until the dazzled parents are off to work. After that, it’s one wild game or prank after another—fun at first, but ultimately troubling to the twins, as the prospect of having the annual family ski trip cancelled if they drive this “manny” away forces them to take on clean-up chores, finish their schoolwork, and generally tone down the high jinks. Six months of better behavior and Martin departs suddenly, leaving a long letter confessing that he’s a fraud but noting that, thanks to his bad example, the twins aren’t the “immature poo-poo heads” they used to be. Nor, as it turns out, is he gone for good (sequel alert). The line drawings of innocent-looking lads and frazzled adults add further comical notes to this mischievous riff on the Travers classic. -- Peters, John (Reviewed 09-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 112, number 2)
  • Gr 3 – 6 — Twin boys Nathan and David have successfully terrorized every nanny they've ever had—each poor caregiver has fled the Wolfhardt home. The siblings have achieved this feat 347 times…or was it 734? Their parents are convinced that nobody can handle the boys, and no agency in town will send them a new babysitter. When all seems lost, brilliantly mustachioed Martin Healey Discount shows up at their door. Affectionately called "Murray Poopins" by the siblings, Martin lays down the law as soon as he enters the house, at least until the boys' parents depart (issuing the threat that if Martin leaves, the family ski trip will be canceled). With the parents out of the house, Martin becomes as big a slacker as the boys, all the while using a seemingly indifferent attitude to teach them about personal responsibility. The humor in the book will certainly appeal to fans of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams) and Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" (HarperCollins), and Easler's illustrations add to the hilarity. VERDICT Though sometimes the boys seem to misbehave for the sake of being bad rather than for the development of character or plot, the story is a delightful experience.—Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX --Wayne R. Cherry (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 8, p87)
  • Twins Nathan and David Wohlfardt take pride in the number of nannies they have driven to quit, and they expect their latest one to quickly take the same route. But when they meet their first manny, Martin Healey—who sports a “mushy, bushy mustache” and speaks with a fake British accent—the two third-graders know things are about to change. The twins are mischievous on their own, but Martin’s arrival brings a previously unmatched level of absurdity that is sure to delight young readers. In front of the boys’ parents, Martin refuses to stand for their nonsense and demands that they work hard and do their chores. But when the parents are out, his attitude is a dream come true for the twins: “Work? Ha! Chores? Blah! Hygiene? Responsibility? Fuggetaboudit!” Nearly every line of the story is topsy-turvy, turning normalcy on its head, and Easler’s b&w illustrations confirm it. This nonsensical, entertaining tale brings humor and fun to new heights, even as Martin’s brilliant nonchalance slowly teaches the kids better behavior and habits. Ages 7–10. Author’s agency: Adams Literary. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 29, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 26, p)
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10430806
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Katz, Alan
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illustrations
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no index present
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fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
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Easler, Kris
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True
Series statement
Mustache series (Alan Katz)
Series volume
0001
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  • Babysitters
  • Behavior
  • Twins
  • Brothers
  • Nannies
Target audience
pre adolescent
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The day the mustache took over, Alan Katz ; illustrations by Kris Easler
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text
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rdacontent
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000053675708
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9781619635586
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014034289
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)891001527
Label
The day the mustache took over, Alan Katz ; illustrations by Kris Easler
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000053675708
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
195 pages
Isbn
9781619635586
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014034289
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)891001527

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