How to grow an instant beard


I vividly recall the summer of 1977 because of one extraordinary event. My normally clean-shaven dad grew a beard. It was a bit of a lark, he said. My mum hated it. My brother and I could not tear our eyes away.

The hipsters are making an art of facial hair but if you don’t have the patience (or capacity!) to grow a beard, there is an instant fix that is guaranteed to make kids laugh. The Book-O-Beards by Lemke and Lentz (two dads, one a writer and one an illustrator) is a simple concept with sensational results. Open the book to reveal the lower half of a cartoon face complete with striking facial hair, rest your nose in the hole, show off your new beard. Cue laughs.


Book-O-Beards has facial hair for every occasion – a woolly ginger lumberjack beard; a braided black pirate’s beard; an impressive cowboy moustache and more. A short rhyme accompanies each beard but let’s be honest, this ‘wearable book’ is all about the illustrations.

Find Book-O-Beards in selected book shops and online at Book Depository. Also available is Book-O-Hats, Book-O-Masks, and Book-O-Teeth.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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