When Bruce gets home from a southern migration trip with his goslings, he is tired. He is grumpy. And he is definitely not in the mood to share his home with the trio of mice who have turned his den into a hotel.
There's a possum pillow fight wreaking havoc in one room, a fox luring guests into a stew in the kitchen, and a snuggly crew of critters hogging the bed. Bruce growls and grumbles and tries to throw them all out, but the entrepreneurial mice just can't take a hint. Bruce is in a little over his head, especially once the goslings join the staff. Will this grumpy bear ever get his quiet, peaceful den back to himself?
Praise for Mother Bruce:
*"[W]ry text and marvelously detailed pictures juxtapose uproariously. . .Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny."
-Kirkus, starred review
*"Ryan T. Higgins's illustrations are extraordinary. . . . [A] hilarious, artful picture book with a nod to foodies great and small" Shelf Awareness, starred review
Kids Indie Next List, Top Ten
About the Author
Ryan T. Higgins (ryanthiggins.com) is the author/illustrator of Mother Bruce. He does NOT live with four geese, but he and his family do live with a tortoise and a menagerie of other pets. At one time or another, Ryan has been friends with a porcupine, a raccoon, a beaver, dozens of mice, and a couple of squirrels, but he has never found a moose in his bed. He always peeks under the covers, though.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Bruce series is quickly becoming one of our favorites. We keep rereading them over and over. Grumpy Bruce, the goslings, and the array of silly woodland creatures make us laugh as well as groan along with Bruce. As we learned in Mother Bruce, Bruce must migrate to Miami with his goslings every winter instead of hibernating at home like he wants, so when he returns to his home being overrun by woodland creatures, he is pretty mad about it. It seems that a few mice have taken up residence and turned his cozy home into a bustling bed and breakfast! There are more creatures in this book than usual but that just leaves us with even more funny situations. Bruce is not happy about sharing his bed with a moose or finding a frog in his toilet. What makes Bruce groan makes us laugh and there are plenty of laughs in the Bruce series for both children and adults!
Bruce and the goslings come home from the south but find their home turned into a hotel. Bruce takes it as long as he can then he has enough. What a guest list! Bruce tries for the goslings' sake but enough is enough and we find out what a softie Bruce is. I loved the illustrations. I laughed out loud again. Just delightful!