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Big Bushy Mustache

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It's almost Cinco de Mayo, and Ricky's class is going to put on a play to celebrate the festive Mexican holiday. When asked to choose his costume, Ricky picks a big, bushy mustache, just like his dad's. He's tired of everyone telling him he looks like his mother.  After all, he's a boy--he wants to look like his Papi. Although he's supposed to leave it in school, Ricky wea ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 14th 1998 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 1998)
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Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a 1998 Americas Award commended title. It is a story about a little boy, Ricky, who is always being told that he looks like his mother. However, Ricky is bothered that he is never told that he looks like his father. Ricky sees a solution to this problem when he picks out his character's prop for the class play about Cinco de Mayo. He chooses the part where he gets to wear a mustache (or bigote)that looks just like his father's. Ricky adores this mustache so much that he decides to s ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
A cute story about a young boy who loses the big bushy mustache that his teacher gives him for his part in their Cinco de Mayo play. After trying to make a replacement, his father saves the day by shaving off his own mustache to replace the lost one.

My students wondered why, on the cover of the book, there is a picture of the father and son both with mustaches because that does not happen in the story.
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Big Bushy Mustache is a story of a young boy Rickey, who picks a mustache as part of his costume for the school play that celebrates the traditions of Cinco de Mayo, but loses it when he takes it home to play. He so badly wants to wear a mustache so he can look just like his papi. this is a cute story of a young boy that strives to look and look up to an adult.
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
A very fun story but rather an odd ending
When teacher Mrs. Cortez tells the children to choose their costumes for an upcoming Cinco de Mayo reenactment, Ricky knows exactly what he wants to wear: the big bushy mustache. With the mustache, so much like his father’s, maybe no one will say he looks like his mother anymore. And it’s true that people appear to treat him differently as he wears the mustache home from school, wending his way through a diversely populated neighborhood.

Trouble comes when he loses the mustache, which really wasn
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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Summary:Big Bushy Mustache written by Gary Soto and illustrated by Joe Cepeda tells the story of a young boy who is eager to look just like his father. Everyday people tell him how much like he looks like his mother, which bothers him. Things change when he is given a fake mustache for a school play. He is complimented on his manly appearances, which closely resembles his father, who also has a mustache. So excited about his new look he decides to sneak the mustache home. He his given many compl ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book won the Americas award for 1998. Ricky is the main character and he has to pick a part for a Cinco de Mayo play that is taking place at his school. He could not identify with any of the parts to play until the teacher offers a part where he would be able to wear a big bushy mustache! His dad has a big bushy mustache and he wants to look like his dad. He takes this part and wears the mustache home. He loses the mustache on the way home and is very upset. His mother comforts him. His fat ...more
Victoria Hawkins
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the book, Big Bushy Mustache by Gary Soto, expresses the way a child wants to me like another person in life. People always told this little boy that he looks exactly like his mother, however he wanted to look like his dad. In class they were doing a play and the boy picked out a big mustache just like his dads. At the end of the day the kids had to put all the props back into the box, however the boy took the mustache home to show his dad. But on the way home he lost the mustache. Then his d ...more
Ashleigh Pollard
First off I want to say that I find a great interest and appreciation for Gary Soto's books, and Big Bushy Mustache is one of my favorites. What caught my eye before reading this story was the cover page. I found the illustration and the title to be very funny. This story is however, about a young boy named Ricky and his desire to be just like his dad. His Dad of course has a "bushy mustache" and Ricky copies his Father when he one day is given a fake mustache to wear at school in celebration of ...more
Big Bushy Mustache is a 1998 Americas Commended List recipient. It tells a story about Ricky and how he wants people to tell him he looks like his Dad and not his Mom. At school, Ricky volunteers to participate in a Cinco de Mayo play, primarily because of this famous mustache. He LOVES it. The mustache makes him feel more confident and grown up. He also feels overjoyed that he now looks like his dad, matching mustache and all! That is until he loses it. He tries to create a new one, but it's no ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Lourdes Ryczek
1998 Americas Award. Cute story of a young boy and his desire to be identified with his father. When he choses a big bushy mustache like his dad's as his costume for the Cinco de Mayo play at school but loses the mustache~Colorful illustrations. THis may not have any links to curriculum except family connections and Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Sam Grace
I liked it. It felt pretty familiar after reading The Skirt recently, but with a boy and short form. Sweet family, sweet story.
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the cultural/history lesson in here about Cinco De Mayo and the story itself was cute (the random Spanish words with no translation really confused my ESL students).
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Deep and Neel liked it because this is a story about families.
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Gary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which

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