Sunday, November 18, 2018

Review - Mother Bruce

Mother Bruce (Bruce #1)
by Ryan T. Higgins
Date: 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 48
Format: e-book
Source: library

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?

(synopsis from Goodreads)

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 book doesn't take itself too seriously, so it's pretty funny at times; there's something kind of hilarious about a bear looking up recipes on the Internet and then pillaging the forest for the necessary ingredients.

This is another winner from Higgins, a picture book that will be just as fun for adults to read as it will be for kids to listen to.

Quotable moment:

But Bruce didn't eat
eggs raw like other bears.

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

Premise: 5/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 5/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall: 4.67 out of 5

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