Mother Bruce

Mother Bruce

by Ryan T. Higgins


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Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484730881
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 11/24/2015
Series: Mother Bruce Series , #1
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 20,756
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Ryan T. Higgins is an author/illustrator residing in Southern Maine. He lives with his three dogs, three cats, two geckos, one tortoise, one son, one daughter, and one wife. He has wanted to be a cartoonist since as far back as he can remember. (Actually, that's not entirely true-he wanted to be a tiger until he was three, but, sadly, that didn't really pan out.) Ryan's first picturebook, Wilfred, was named a 2013 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Honor Book. Visit Ryan online at

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Mother Bruce 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My second graders LOVED this book!! They were so disappointed when half way through we had to stop and finish the rest at a later time. They enjoyed it so much, we are now waiting for the sequel to come in the mail. You know it's a must have book when the kiddos are begging to have it read to them.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What? The beginning of this book had me wondering if this should really be a children’s book but by the end, I was laughing and loving the pictures. I love the hard cardstock pages of this children’s book, the illustrations and it was Bruce’s gestures and attitude that had me laughing out loud many times but the beginning, I thought it was cruel. Perhaps it is just me though. Bruce is a bear who likes to eat eggs and this grumpy bear gets his eggs from all the animals of the forest. Finding recipes online, he cooks these eggs in these recipes. I found this part mean and heartbreaking, the way that Bruce steals the eggs from the forest animals. These eggs are the forest animal’s children. As the story continues, bear is hankering to make this elaborate dish and as he collects the ingredients from around the forest he visits Mrs. Goose for her eggs. As he starts to create the dish, his oven breaks down. Ready to resume cooking again, Bruce returns only to discover that the eggs are now goslings. These goslings believe that he is their mother. Mrs. Goose has headed South and the goslings follow Bruce even when he tries to abandon them. Grumpy Bruce and these sweet goslings make for a great story. As they mature, Bruce tries to teach these “children” how to be geese and I loved this part of the story. The ending is sweet and the illustrations throughout are fantastic as Bruce attempt his new role. 4.5 stars
Venerable_Bede More than 1 year ago
I picked this up in the store because I liked the cover, read it, and almost hurt myself laughing! This book is a must for any child whom you would like to raise with a sense of whimsy (or with a truly irreverent sense of humor). This is a delightful book.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
This book is really cute, but Bruce isn't the nicest character. I thought that the artwork was very well done.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter is in Pre-K and she LOVED this book. I myself think that this is a cute little book as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We love Mother Bruce. We can’t wait to share it with our grandchildren. Bruce is such a curmudgeon, but he is lovable in spite of his gruff exterior. The illustrations are beautiful. We heartily recommend it to every parent and grandparent.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Bruce is a bear, not a nursery rhyme kind of guy, but somehow the goslings think he's their mother. He tries to teach them to fly south but the lessons never take so he must take them south. This is one of the funniest, laugh out loud tales I have read. I loved it! Nothing like guilt to motivate one. Delightful, whimsical, fun!
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. The opening is great – Bruce is a grump – just look at him. Everything about Higgins’ artwork lets you know how grumpy Bruce is. Speaking of the artwork, it is phenomenal! It tells so much more of the story and really conveys the feeling of the whole book. I love how the look of Bruce stays grumpy throughout the whole book, even as his character softens in the story. I also like how the goslings don’t seem to care about their “mommy’s” bad disposition. The story isn’t really about a grumpy bear but more so about family. Being an adopted kid myself, I think it is a nice kind of adoption story too. It is a sweet story that says it doesn’t mater how you came together or what you look like, you are still a family. *NOTE* I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old loves this story, it is very cute and creative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story. Grouchy bear who dutifully cares for some annoying goslings. You get the sense he kind of likes them. Funny turn of events.
LivingaFitandFulllife More than 1 year ago
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is an incredibly fun book! My kids thought this book was hilarious and literally laughed throughout the whole story. Bruce the bear is an extremely fun character and makes even me laugh out loud as I read to my children. Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is now one of my children's favorite stories to read before bed. My kids love the little goslings and the illustrations are both fun and adorable. This is a wonderful book for kids and is sure to be a hit with both parents and children. Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.