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Mother Bruce

(Mother Bruce #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  6,227 ratings  ·  1,108 reviews
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?
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
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Barb Kruse I added this book to a text study on alternative families. I decided it would be an opportunity to view a nontraditional family that Bruce had to adap…moreI added this book to a text study on alternative families. I decided it would be an opportunity to view a nontraditional family that Bruce had to adapt to with his family of goslings. (less)

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May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is a children's book about a bear who loves to eat eggs and keep to himself. He's sort of a grump and doesn't seem to like anybody or anything, except for eggs. He enjoys heading out to find eggs and other ingredients that he can bring back home and use in new recipes that he finds while exploring the internet. He finally gets home with all of his ingredients and starts preparing his eggs for co
Well, this was a highly amusing read! In Mother Bruce, we follow Bruce, a cantankerous bear who cares little about anything except cooking up new recipes with eggs. He's a bit of a gourmet, you see, and is always on a quest for the next culinary delight.

One day, Bruce finds an exquisite recipe that requires goose eggs, but before he gets those eggs cooked, the unthinkable happens.


The goslings imprint on Bruce, and much to his chagrin, they won't be persuaded that he is not their mother. Many muc
David Schaafsma
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I read this because Jane had just read it and liked it and it has a funny title and the story reminds me of Peter Brown's The Wild Robot, which has a robot become an adoptive mother of a goose. In this one, grumpy Bruce the bear does not want to be a mother, or any kind of parent. He doesn't like anyone, really. He likes to eat, and eat eggs, but not raw eggs, cooked eggs, and so he steals them from geese.

On one occasion Bruce steals eggs and hopes to use them in an omelet, but they hatch, and
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bruce is a grump. He doesn't like anything, not sun nor rain, not even cute little animals. Well, ok, he likes one thing: Eggs. But he doesn't like to eat them raw.

Instead, he cooked them into fancy recipes that he found on the internet.

You can probably tell from the cover where this story goes after he shakes down Mrs. Goose for some free-range organic eggs for a new recipe he probably saw on Pinterest.

The story made me giggle. A lot. Ok, I was laughing. The pictures complement the story beauti
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, 2016
Bruce is a jerk. Lucky for him the illustrations are fantastic!!!
It took nearly till the last page before Bruce was anything but selfish and rude.
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I come from a loooong line of grumpy bears. :) Grumps, who show their love in huffs & puffs, roars, and sighs. So this book had me at first sight. That face! Haha...One look at Bruce’s scowling face and slump on page one and BOOM! I was in love. This big grumpy bear made me smile, smile, smile.

Bruce was a true grump. Nothing and no one could get a smile out of him. Until a surprise changed his plans, ways, and world. One, two, three, four cuties just might get through to Bruce’s big, thumping, g
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love it. Totally empathize with Bruce, of course. Laughed out loud when the geese put on winter clothes rather than migrate. My husband is reading it right now.

And even though it's been a while since my youngest was little, I feel confident that he would have enjoyed it back then. I do think most children would.

Ok, my husband giggled until he got to same page that broke me, at which point he began to lol. He agrees that it's funny, with cute pictures, and that kids would like it too.
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book gets funnier every time I read it! Such a great story, about a bear who reluctantly becomes mama to some goslings when his plans for a delicious hard-boiled egg feast goes awry, and the meal hatches. He's a grump through and through, but a grump with heart, so we love him. Bruce is the Lou Grant of bears. There are really so many hilarious bits in this book, and Ryan Higgins's illustrations are terrific -- so much expression, so many funny side bits to complement the words.

This book h
Hannah that one was just too cute. I got to read it for storytime at work today, and the kids loved it. A bear whose eggs hatch unexpectedly? It's really a sweet story and the illustrations are very well done.
La Coccinelle
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read We Don't Eat Our Classmates yesterday, and today I had the pleasure of reading Mother Bruce... and now I want to read all of Ryan T. Higgins's books!

The story in this one is simple and sweet, but it was the illustrations that really made it for me. Watching Bruce raise the goslings from cute little babies to surly teenagers to "boring" adults (the book's word, not mine) was so much fun. I loved the amusing ways Bruce tried to deal with his problem, and enjoyed the heartwarming ending. The
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute, but I really didn't like how Bruce told the goslings that he liked them better when they were eggs. To me, that seemed like a parent telling the kids that the parent was better off before the kids were around. Might be true, but you NEVER say that to a child. Not unless you want them to bill you for years of therapy later on. That's just cruel.

The artwork was great though and the rest of the story was cute. 4 stars, but with the caution that you might need to comfort a child saddened by ho
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Bruce is a grumpy bear that has no time for anything else except his favorite thing: eggs. When baby geese come out of four eggs instead of a hard boiled meal this bear gets frantic to rid himself of these new babies calling him mama. Eventually they crawl into his grumpy heart just in time for them to become stubborn teenage geese.

I chose this book for my nephew, he wasn't a fan at first. There were too many words per spread for h
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: (With Caveat) Children Who Enjoy Stories with a Prickly Sense of Humor
Shelves: picture-books
Bruce was a grouchy bear. He liked his solitude, he liked his computer, and he liked eggs. On the hunt for the ingredients for a new recipe - boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce - he got far more than he bargained for when his eggs hatched before he could cook them. Imprinted on him, the goslings simply wouldn't go away, no matter how many times Bruce rejected them. Eventually deciding to make the best of the situation, our ursine hero became 'Mother' Bruce, and set out to raise h ...more
Steve Holden
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic children's book!

It's about Bruce - a big, grumpy bear who pretty much has a distaste for everything but eggs. He runs into a big surprise when one day while cooking his eggs, goslings pop out! Despite being grumpy, he's put to the task of being a caretaker. It's a silly idea, but a silly idea that is well executed with good topics, lively illustrations, and humor add up to a great children's book! I love some of the events and "teachings," and certainly enjoyed the relationsh
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hysterical and adorable- loved the art and the story!!!
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Bruce is a bear who likes very little in life. But he loves eggs. He finds complicated recipes on the internet that he tries out. When he discovers a recipe for goose eggs, he immediately heads into the forest to source the items. Back home, he puts the eggs in water but then has to run out for firewood. Returning home, he finds that the eggs have hatched into four goslings. He considers eating them with butter, but loses his appetite. He tries to return them, but Mother Goose has left for the w ...more
Michele Knott
Still chuckling over this one!
This is one of those picture books that you can read it with a variety of ages and get something different from each one. I can see young readers just giggling at how silly it is. I can see older readers getting the subtle sarcasm on some pages.
I think I need to own this one.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I dare you to try reading this book without smiling. I had so much fun reading this book with my son. It tells the story of a grumpy bear who accidentally hatches goslings instead of hard-boiled eggs for his newest recipe. The goslings imprint on him, and he can't get rid of them! As you can see below, the illustrations are hilarious. The author is very clever. I will be reading more of his work!
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Bruce is a curmudgeonly bear. He just wants to be left alone to cook and eat and grump by himself. Then one day, his supper starts talking back to him and utter hilarity ensues. Sure to be read over and over again. Plus, there's a sequel coming out in the fall of 2016!
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Super funny and would work well with older storytime groups.
John of Canada
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes animals,family and laughing a lot.
This is a wonderful example of how diversity can work.Aaaand,it's based on a true story!!!!
Stephanie  Weatherly
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Both of my kids laughed out loud while I was reading. As soon as I finished, my oldest asked if we could read it again.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ryan T. Higgins' Mother Bruce is one of those books that my job is highlighting. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much because the books that my job promotes are not very good. Mostly, they're overly sappy and cringe- worthy.

Imagine my surprise when I realized that Mother Bruce is quite the cute story. It's a very modern take on a classic story. Bruce is an anti social bear. He likes being alone, eggs, and looking up recipes on the internet.

While looking for his latest recipe, it calls for goose e
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
So darling!! I seriously love the illustrations in this book! Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes to eat fancy egg dishes. But one day the eggs he is about to prepare hatch and now he has four goslings that think he is their mother. What will Bruce do? He doesn't want to be mother to four goslings but they follow him everywhere he goes.
Anne V.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngpeople
I loved Bruce, a grumpy bear who wants to make "hard-boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce," but ends up the caregiver for his -- surprise! -- gosling family who hatch from the eggs. Very funny and sends a good message about non-traditional families. Looking forward to reading "We don't eat our classmates," also by Higgins.
Jan Polep
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Two thumbs up for grumpy Bruce the Bear who becomes the stand-in Mother Goose for a bunch of goslings. Fun all the way to the end of the story's perfect trick finish.
Justin Langlois
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when a bear named Bruce, who loves to eat eggs, becomes the "mama" to a bunch of fuzzy goslings? Well I can tell you one thing for sure, it's hilarious.
Joshua Gross
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very funny, the illustrations were well done, and it had a fun modern feel to it. The illustration of buttered goslings on toast was the best. It had a good story with a fun ending.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bruce is a bear who somehow gets a duck egg into his possession. When the egg hatches, the duck thinks that the bear is it’s mother. Bruce is at a complete loss about what to do with the duck!
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