Written by John Flannery and illustrations by Steven Weinberg | Putnam | May, 2016
Ben wants a beard more than anything. All the most boss people in town have them. The baker, the barbers, the butcher–they’re all befittingly bewhiskered. But Ben’s number one reason for want a beard is so he can look just like the coolest guy around: his dad.
"In this well-paced debut, Flannery keeps the tone light-hearted, with Steve Weinberg’s freewheeling illustrations — his thick, loose lines have just the right touch of kid-gone-to-town-with-a-crayon — adding wonderfully to the festive, affectionate mood."
“Comically charming, this one-of-a-kind story celebrates the unique bond that connects father, son, and facial hair. A refreshing cut for young readers.”
“Flannery debuts with a sweetly goofy story about a young family that includes an emotive boy with a beard fixation. Luckily for Ben, there’s no shortage of facial hair to admire as he, his tattooed mother, and his younger sister roam their Brooklynesque neighborhood.”
“Tailor-made for children with a yen to be just like their parental units, this is an inclusive and funny urban alternative to Frank Asch’s classic Just Like Daddy.”