Monday, November 16, 2015

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins- A Review


by Ryan T. Higgins

In stores November 24

Title: Mother Bruce
Ages 3-5  
By: Ryan T. Higgins

Hardcover: 48 pages 
Released on: 2015-11-24
ISBN: 978-1-4847-3088-1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion  

About the Book

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?

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 picture book, Wilfred, was named a 2013 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Honor Book. Visit Ryan online at

My Review

Imagine you had a child that was contemplating the source of any meat being consumed in the house. And let's just say that this child has gone without eating meat for periods of time in the past for conscious reasons. Imagine, then, that you received a cleverly written book about a bear that went on a hunt to find organic, locally sourced, free-range eggs only to discover while cooking the eggs that the goslings hatched and think he is their mother. Whew! I am sure that you can imagine that this book, also known as Mother Bruce, has sparked quite a series of debates in our house with my oldest daughter.

While my eight-year-old started contemplating returning to vegetarianism, my three-year-old delighted in the curmudgeon bear, who is slightly reminiscent of a certain father living in our house. Bruce the Bear is that hipster guy that reluctantly finds himself as a parent. He is overwhelmed, surly, and desperate for his own space.

However, and this is the magic that makes it such a great children's book, Bruce tries. He feeds the goslings. He plays with them.

He even tries to teach them how to fly south for the winter. Bruce learns how to love these annoying and needy goslings. They bond over messes and exhaustion. Kind of like being a parent to human kids. Right?

The story will have you in stitches and rooting for the grumpy old bear to figure out this parenting thing. Children will crack up at the unlikely pairing of a beast living in a fractured harmony with his prey. This book is sure to become an instant classic, and a favorite among preschool teachers looking for a book to keep their little wiggle worms sitting still during story time.

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 *I received a review copy from Disney Publishing free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review represent my honest opinions about the book.
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  1. This book sounds really cute. I bet my 4-year-old would really enjoy it!

  2. Ryan's books make me sad I have no young children. No matter, the books are just as entertaining for we adults. I LOVE LOVE LOVE his books!


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