The Children’s Book Review | October 19, 2017
Shelly Brown and Chad Morris’s Selfie with Mustaches for Maddie
What happens when two comedians-turned-children’s-book-writers decide to write a book together? Mustached craziness! Chad and Shelly are actually married and the parents of four boys and one girl. When their daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor they were all overwhelmed with the support they received in the unexpected form of mustaches. So they decided to write a book about it. Because sometimes in our hardest times we find the beauty of humanity.
Shelly Brown and Chad Morris’s Shelfie
This is one of many bookshelves in our house. The fact that it’s almost organized but not quite drives Shelly crazy, but not crazy enough to be perpetually fixing it or to stop letting children riffle through the collection. We live with the philosophy that books are meant to be read. Most of the books on these shelves are autographed and yet they are often times lent out to neighbors and friends and family. Because what a sad life for a book to be shelved and not enjoyed. If you look closely you can even find our own books on the shelves.
Mustaches for Maddie
Written by Shelly Brown and Chad Morris
Publisher’s Synopsis: Based on a true story.
Twelve-year-old Maddie has a quirky sense of humor and loves making her classmates laugh by slapping on fake mustaches every chance she gets. Being funny gets her noticed by class queen Cassie, and things are looking up when Maddie is cast as Juliet in the school play. Maybe Juliet could wear a mustache? When Maddie starts tripping when she walks and her hand starts curling up at her side, her mom takes her to the doctor, who confirms Maddie has a brain tumor. In an instant, her world is turned upside down. Maddie doesn’t want anyone else to know. Especially Cassie, whose jealousy has turned to bullying. What about Maddie’s chance to play Juliet opposite the cutest boy in the sixth grade? What if the doctors can’t get the ugly tumor monster out of her brain? As Maddie’s surgery approaches, she wonders if her illness is giving her super powers because her imagination is bigger than ever, her courage is stronger than ever, and her compassion is about to be felt by more people than she ever imagined.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Shadow Mountain | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1629723303
About the Authors
CHAD MORRIS is a teacher and curriculum writer. Previously, he wrote the Cragbridge Hall series including The Inventor’s Secret, The Avatar Battle, and The Impossible Race. Books in this series won the Utah Book award and the Silver Foreword INDIES award for juvenile fiction.
SHELLY BROWN has always loved children and books so it made sense when she started writing books for children. She has worked as a comedian, a tour guide, and a shake-maker, but is currently a substitute teacher for some of the coolest kids ever.
For more information, visit mustachesformaddie.com
Discover more books like “Mustaches for Maddie,” by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown, by checking out our reviews and articles tagged with Dinosaurs and Picture Book; and be sure to follow along with our Selfie and a Shelfie series.
I am trying to mail a letter to you for a thing I chose for a project at school on Mustaches for Maddie. I am in 7th grade. I know this will sound weird, but can you give me your mailing address so I can send it to you?
You can reach them through the contact for on this webpage: http://www.mustachesformaddie.com/educators/