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Hotel Bruce

(Bruce #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,350 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
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 gro
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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Every year Bruce travels south with his goslings on their migration to Miami. It is a tiring trip making him grumpy and longing for the peace and quiet of home. Instead he finds his den turned into a forest hotel run by a trio of mice. He suffers possum pillow fights, a fox trying to eat their guests and a moose hogging his bed until a bus full of new guests are too much!

I really enjoyed Mother Bruce and the cute concept. The art w
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Bruce the Bear is back from his southern migration with his geese friends and ready to relax – but while he was away, three mice have turned his den into a hotel! What will Bruce do???? This is another delightfully charming installment in the Bruce series, and like the first book, full of great stuff for kids and grownups.

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Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I read this at work a month or so ago, but since I just ordered it today, I'm finally coming forward to say: if you love Mother Bruce you'll love this. Maybe not with the same intensity, but it's still wonderful. One of the great joys of these books is that they are will tickle both kids and parents, who will be able to tolerate reading these again and again.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, children-s
I LOVED the first book Mother Bruce and hoped for such awesomeness with the second. It was cute but not as cute as the first. It just lacked....something! Still look forward to more!
Team Bruce all the way.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, own
Poor Bruce! As if the grumpy bear wasn't burdened enough by having his goslings to raise, now his home has become a hotel!

I love how this book has jokes for kids and adults, but not naughty ones. Just a sort of wry, dry humor that appeals to older readers, while the kids are entertained by the basics of the story and the wonderful pictures. Really, the illustrations are like nothing else around right now, with rich colors and a sort of rough yet detailed look.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grace liked this, her favorite character is the bear (Bruce) because he says “ROOOOOAAAAAARRR!
Steve Holden
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story of our favorite grumpy bear named Bruce continues as he returns from his southward migration to discover his home has been turned into a hotel by mice. Poor Bruce! Ryan Higgins is able to follow-up a fantastic story in Mother Bruce with another likeable, humorous journey with Bruce and his goslings. I don't know if I laughed aloud as much in this one, but I was still charmed and picture many kids loving the addition to the series.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Is it fashionable to have a grumpy adult in picture-books these days? I seem to have been reading a lot of them lately. But maybe I'm just lucky to find them all, because it is a theme I'm particularly interested in, as I'm getting crotchety myself.

In any case, thank you, Ryan, for writing this sequel to your wonderful Mother Bruce.

I love the details in the illustrations, especially things like how the geese fell asleep on the bus coming home in the spring, though it was the bear that missed his
The story of grumpy Bruce Bear continues. Readers find Bruce bringing the Goslings back to the forest from having a fun-filled summer in Miami. But in their absence, their house has been taken over by mice that have turned it into a hotel! Bruce tries to go to bed only to find a moose, raccoon, porcupine, rabbit and various birds in his bed. In the morning he demands to see hotel management; the mice present themselves in ties. Bruce has had enough and begins to roar. The goslings translate for ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
I didn't get nearly the kick out of this that I did from the first "Bruce" book, but the illustrations were charming and I always enjoy a picture book featuring a grumpy protagonist.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
With hilarious expressions and adorable illustrations, this book is sure to entertain parents and children alike. This is the second book in the Bruce series and continues where the first book left off.

I love the images of the bear interacting with the many different kinds of animals and the expressions are just fabulous. The scene showing a fox trying to convince half a dozen turtles to get into the soup pot because "It's a bath! These veggies and spices are good for your shells!" (p. 21) is h
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Nice follow up. Great to see grumpy ol' Bruce again, making it all work for his nontraditional family, and carrying on in the face of life's many, many annoyances. Featuring special guest appearances from the Be Quiet mice.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poor Bruce! Again, I'm giggling.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
Funny. Great illustrations. Fun to read.
Maxwell Rae
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Now we know where the mice come from. Makes more sense when these books are read in order of publication.
They need to make a ton more of these !!!! Myself and my kids absolutely love Bruce !!!
Colona Public Library
I love Bruce books. This wasn't as good as the first one, seemed like it was missing something. It was still good though. I like the illustrations. Lots of details and colorful. Still would recommend it. Funny.

Maggie Ollmann
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
I thought was a cute book and a good kids who are learning to read. When I read this book to my sister, Nora, she enjoyed the book. She had fun reading it with me. Nora thought Bruce was funny. She would like to read this book again, with me.

This book started when Bruce migrated with some geese he used to live with. When he went back to is home in the forest he found that some mice had turned his home into a hotel. Bruce got irritated after one night of his home being a hot
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So stinkin cute!! Love this grumpy bear and the geese are funny. Great series!!
Jenn Lopez
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute characters. I love the illustrations in this one. The story is funny, too. Good read aloud.
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
While not quite as cute as it's predecessor, "Mother Bruce", it's still entertaining. It isn't really one of those books that reads really smoothly as you have to really keep stopping to point out everything going on in the illustrations. It is adorable and humorous and small children will love it. My 6 year old thought it was just great.

I personally prefer a smoother reading experience, but, this is still a book that is a lot of fun to read to children.
Bruce and his goose children return in the spring to discover that mice have turned their home into a hotel for other animals. Living quarters are cramped and tempers fly.

Really loved "Mother Bruce," the first story about Bruce and his goslings, but this sequel was not as hilarious. Still adore the illustrations of the geese.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bruce returns home from migrating with his geese to find that mice have moved into his place and turned it into a hotel.

Why I started this book: Bruce is a great character...

Why I finished it: While the humor in this book is more with the illustrations than the text, it's still great fun for parents and children.
Cute sequel. The same adorable and humorous illustrations. Those geese..... School-age will enjoy and get the humor better, especially in a read-alone or lap-read where they can see the smaller details. But they would probably still enjoy a storytime setting with it. Preschool still might enjoy. Maybe. Some humor will definitely pass them over as in the first book. But worth a try.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Hmmmmm I found that this book was not good for k-2 as the topics of migration, hibernation, rodents, and why the bear was the geese's mother was too much to explain, and then they couldn't follow the story after I explained what I could. They did like the expressions on Bruce's face though! My fourth grader enjoyed it. My 80 year old mother also enjoyed it!
Maria Shuffit
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super fun, cute storybook that employs both the text and the pictures to tell the story. I have not read its predecessor, Mother Bruce, but this book was still very enjoyable even without already being familiar with the main character.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another installment of Bruce the bear and his life with his adopted geese. This time a bunch of pesky mice take over his home turning it into a hotel! Well Bruce is not having any of that and tries to put an end to these shenanigans! A delightful and humorous tale.
T.E. Antonino
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely a fun book. The book moves around a lot geographically, which is cool. I like how the authored paired the bear with the geese. The illustrations are really cool. You should get some giggles from the kids when you read this book.
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