Happy First Perfect Picture Book Friday of 2017, Folks!
There’s really nothing like Friday, is there?
Not only do we get a brand new list of Perfect Picture Books to enjoy, we have the prospect of the whole weekend stretching before us in which to read them, hopefully by a cozy fire with a cup of hot chocolate, or tucked under a warm quilt with a pajamaed youngster or two or three eagerly anticipating the stories to come 🙂
If you haven’t yet read this Perfect Picture Book, you’re in for a treat!
Written & Illustrated By: Ryan T. Higgins
Disney Hyperion, November 2015, fiction – an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book
Suitable For Ages: 5-8
Themes/Topics: humor, determination/perseverance
Opening: “Bruce was a bear who lived all by himself. He was a grump.”
Brief Synopsis: Bruce is a grumpy bear who lives alone and likes to cook fancy egg recipes he finds on the internet. But when the eggs he procures hatch, he’s in for a whole lot of trouble – a bunch of goslings who think he’s their mother and WILL NOT LEAVE! 🙂
Links To Resources: Geese Fun Facts For Kids; 15 Fun Facts About Geese; goose coloring pages
Why I Like This Book: This book made me laugh out loud! It’s clever and funny. Bruce is stubbornly determined to maintain his loner living status, and the goslings are equally determined that they will never leave their “mother” 🙂 And the art is amazing! Bruce’s grumpy expressions, the adorable goslings, the beautiful backgrounds and details – such fun!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂
48 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Mother Bruce”
Happy New Year!!! Absolutely LOVE this book, Susanna…I really need to work on trying to write these FUNNY stories. 😉 Thanks for providing us with a fabulous platform to showcase all our picture book finds. 😉
It really is hilarious, isn’t it, Vivian? I love funny books… I can really appreciate the funny these days – I love a chance to laugh! 🙂 Thank YOU for being such a devoted supporter of everything I do around here. Given your position as my volunteer FB poster of blog posts I don’t get around to sharing, I don’t think I could do it without you! 🙂 ❤
Susanna, I LOVE this book. My mom and I couldn’t stop laughing or reading it when we found this book in a small store in San Diego, CA last year. We definitely got some odd looks.As funny as it is for the kids, it holds quite a bit of humor that was written for the parents & older kids. Thanks for highlighting this book and creating #PPBF!. 🙂
It’s terrific, isn’t it, Maria? I laughed out loud a number of times 🙂 And I think you’re right – it appeals to both kids and adults – the goal of all picture books! 🙂 Thank YOU for being such a loyal participant and supporter of all the high jinx and shenanigans around here! 🙂
Happy first Perfect Picture Book Friday of 2017 to you, too, Susanna. Loved this book & I’m eagerly looking forward to reading the sequel – Hotel Bruce.
Thanks, Patricia! After so many people have mentioned it, I am looking forward to reading Hotel Bruce too!
This is a fabulously adorably funny book. I recently had the opportunity to read the sequel. It’s good too, but I liked this book better. Thanks for adding it to the PPBF list.
Someone else mentioned the sequel, Joanne! I will have to go find it and read it now! And Julie said there’s another Higgins book with different characters coming out this year – fun! 🙂
Happy New Year Susanna! Love your choice. Such a humorous read for kids. Can just hear them howling. I enjoyed Mother Bruce.
There are so many fun details and surprisingly humorous lines! And the art is fantastic! I’m glad you liked it too, Pat! 🙂
Oh, yeah! Bruce! I know you will also love a third book coming out from Higgins featuring other characters! Here’s to more humor in 2017!
Yes, Jules! Much more humor! 🙂 And yay! More Higgins? I will keep a weather eye…!
Happy New Year! I absolutely adored this book. Great choice!
So clever and funny, isn’t it, Darshana? It’s in the “wish-I-wrote-that” category 🙂
This is such a fun book! Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to finding out about many more great picture books this year through #PPBF!
I’m glad you like this one too, Andrea! And I’m looking forward to another year of PPBF and all things writing-related with you! 🙂
Mother Bruce looks looks like great fun. I will check it out! 🙂
I hope you like it, Gabi 🙂 I believe there is at least one other Bruce book too – which I want to check out!
I love this book – one of my new favorites.
I can see why! You have the same kind of sense of humor in your writing! 🙂
What a clever and cute idea. I’ll have to pick it up!
I hope you like it as much as I do, Kathryn! The humor really appeals to me 🙂
Read it, loved it. And pretty much love everything Bruce.
Bruce is quite a character! 🙂
I love this one too! And I don’t always like sequels, but the sequel to this (HOTEL BRUCE) is pretty funny too.
So glad you like it too, Heather! I think it’s so clever and funny! 🙂
Looks like fun – Mother “Bruce”!
It IS fun, Sue 🙂 That is its outstanding characteristic! 🙂
Haven’t read this one yet, but I can see it is a MUST read!! Thanks for posting!
I hope you’ll love it, Rene, and it will make you laugh as it did me! 🙂
This looks FABulous! Just requested it from the library. Thanks for a great pick!
I hope you love it as much as I do, Joanne! It made me laugh! 🙂
Im trying to get better at staying connected and would like to amp up a little on my blog by posting a little something. I was thinking I might like to particiate in Perfect Picture Book Friday.
If you have time, I know you’re probably crunched, can you shoot me an email and explain how it works? What kind of pages do I need to add to my blog? Is it one way of tracking ones reading accomplishments? Or is it more about perfect structure, etc? Or is it more about doing reviews?
Sorry for so many questions. And thanks for your time and consideration.
Hi Rene! I’d love to have you join us! (Hopefully) complete instructions here: https://susannahill.com/for-teachers-and-parents/perfect-picture-books/ just scroll down to how to participate🙂 And holler if you have more questions!
Thanks, Susanna! Will do asap…things are heating up here, and I don’t mean temps. 😒
This book is seriously awesome. I think I love it more each time I read it. 🙂
It’s fabulous, isn’t it, T? And the art is so great – those expressions! 🙂
This does sounds like a great book, Suanna. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for sharing.
I hope you’ll love it as much as I do, Norah – it’s such fun, and so well done!
I absolutely aDORE this book! EVERYthing about it 😀 Genius!
Glad you like it too, Donna! It definitely falls in the wish-I-wrote-that category! 🙂
I just saw this book in the bookstore, and can’t wait to read (I was already weighted down with too many other books). It looks so funny, I’ll definitely be going back.
Wait til we meet for coffee – I’ll loan you mine 🙂
Wow, beautiful book. Got to see if I can get this here. Damn! I missed the first Friday of Perfect Picture Book. I’ll be ready next week. 🙂
I think you’ll like it, Diane – it’s so fun! And no worries! I nearly missed the first Friday myself 🙂
Great review! I really love this book! I’m glad you got a chance to read it! 😀