Mother Bruce

Mother Bruce

Book - 2015
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Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation.
Publisher: Los Angeles ; New York : Disney/Hyperion, ©2015
ISBN: 9781484730881
Branch Call Number: HIGGINS
Characteristics: 1 volume (unnumbered pages) : color illustrations ; 24 x 32 cm
Alternative Title: Mother Goose Bruce


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Nov 18, 2017

A kids' story that parents will enjoy too. As with so many popular kids' books, the premise is utterly bizarre - the eggs that Bruce was going to eat hatched on him and the goslings imprinted on him. This leads to a highly amusing very frustrated grumpy bear! The illustrations are great, and my kids and I all loved this book.

Jul 22, 2017

Bruce becomes a parent quite by accident. The grumpy bear is trying to make “hard-boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce” (unpaged), a recipe he found on the internet. He even “collected honey from a local beehive. He liked to support local business, you see” (unpaged). When he goes to find wood for his stove fire, he returns to find four goslings in his pot, and they think HE is their mama, despite his vociferous protestations. Mother Goose has left. Over the course of the story, we see grumpy Bruce open his heart to his unexpected family, trying “to make the best of it” with pictures of him teaching the goslings to swim and wearing them in a multi-baby carrier, even though “it was hard work” when they make messes and refuse his culinary offerings (unpaged). In the end, his goslings will not leave him, even to migrate, so they all go to Miami together every winter.
Illustrations both move the story narratively and add humor (bear and ducks covered with paint from art time). I think the pictures are done with a mixture of pen and ink and watercolors. The cartoon style is appropriate for the silly story. Backgrounds are rich and textured as Bruce’s life becomes more varied. Bruce's dark, ragged edges contrast with the rest of the world, as does his blue/black coloring against washes of warm browns and yellows. Early spreads illustrate Bruce’s solitude as he grumps at everything from sun to rain to a bunny--pictures float in a mostly white page. The pictures become larger and brighter as his interest, cooking recipes from the internet, is introduced. It is only when the goslings are introduced, however, that the picture, and Bruce’s world, fill two page spreads. The cover design is delicious, the front showing a close up of Bruce’s perplexed face, and the back cover showing a furry back. The front endpapers show the beautiful wood where Bruce makes his home, and the back endpapers show the beach where he and his goslings spend the winter.
I grabbed this book because I thought it was a twist on Mother Goose stories, but then I was drawn in by the delightfully grumpy bear. Mother Bruce is both silly and heartwarming. The ridiculousness of the situation and the way Bruce takes care of his goslings shows that family is what you make it.

nonid Jul 05, 2017

Love this book! The humor is fun for all ages. Great pictures too.

esillius Jun 01, 2017

This book is super cute. My almost 2 year old son cannot stop laughing every time we read it and he insists on reading it every night. The jokes are such that an adult can appreciate the humour and makes repeated readings fun for everyone!

Mar 04, 2017

Great details and meaning added in the pictures. Both my three- and five-year-olds love this book. They think it's hilarious how the goslings imprinted on the bear and wouldn't leave him alone. The ending felt a lot like Those Darn Squirrels Gone for the Winter (which they also love).

Jan 13, 2017

Such a cute and humorous book . Strongly recommend it , you won't regret it !

ArapahoeBetsy Oct 21, 2016

Mother Bruce is fun and funny! Bruce is a grumpy bear and he doesn’t break character – not a smile to be found in the whole book. But, he does what he must for the ducklings who seem to think he’s their mama. The illustrations add an extra layer of humor to the story. I bet you’ll hear, “Read it again!” with this one.

LoganLib_Sophie Jun 16, 2016

This is an absolutely fantastic children's book! Modernised story begins with Bruce finding a recipe online and shopping for all the organic ingredients. Looking for a new, funny kids story- check this one out!

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 09, 2016

Splendid illustrations and a sophisticated sense of humor will be appreciated by older readers (as well as parents), while the downright awesomeness of the story will please younger kids. It is a classic story told in a thoroughly modern way!

SaraEOPL Jan 26, 2016

Bruce is no ordinary bear. He is a grumpy bear who really likes eggs. Eggs that he cooks using recipes he finds on the internet, with ingredients he sources locally. All is fine until the day he finds himself the unexpected mother of four baby goslings. Now Bruce is a grumpy mom who tries his best to care for his new charges.

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cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 09, 2016

One day Bruce came across a recipe for hard-boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce. So he went out to get the ingredients. First, he caught a few salmon. Then he collected honey from a local beehive. He like to support local business, you see. Last, he went to Mrs. Goose's nest to pay her a visit. Are these eggs free-range organic?


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