Perfect Picture Book Friday – Mother Bruce

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!


Title:  Mother Goose Bruce

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! 🙂


illustration copyright Ryan T. Higgins 2015

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!


illustration copyright Ryan T. Higgins 2015

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

48 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Mother Bruce

  1. viviankirkfield says:

    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. 😉

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      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! 🙂 ❤

  2. Maria Marshall (@MariaMarshall_) says:

    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!. 🙂

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      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! 🙂

  3. ptnozell says:

    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.

  4. Rene` Diane Aube says:

    Hi Susanna,

    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.

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