Mother Bruce (Mother Bruce, Book 1) (Mother Bruce Series #1) (Hardcover)

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By Ryan Higgins, Ryan Higgins (Illustrator)
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"Bruce is a fat and grumpy bear that LOVES to eat eggs. When the four eggs he's stolen, unexpectedly, hatch while he is cooking them and imprint on him, Bruce tries his best to get rid of them. As they grow from adorable goslings to annoying teens, he reluctantly cares for them but a problem occurs when they refuse to migrate but he solves this problem by taking his unconventional family on a bus trip to Miami for the winter. I love the hilarious illustrations and humor in this book which will appeal to both adults and the children in their lives."

— Pam Stilp


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?

About the Author

Ryan T. Higgins is an author/illustrator residing in Southern Maine. He lives with his three dogs, three cats, two geckos, one tortoise, one son, one daughter, and one wife. He has wanted to be a cartoonist since as far back as he can remember. (Actually, that’s not entirely true—he wanted to be a tiger until he was three, but, sadly, that didn't really pan out.) Ryan’s first picturebook, Wilfred, was named a 2013 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Honor Book. Visit Ryan online at

Praise For…

"[H]ats off to Ryan T. Higgins."—Wall Street Journal

* "[W]ry text and marvelously detailed pictures juxtapose uproariously. . .Visually beautiful, clever, edgy, and very funny."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Ryan T. Higgins's illustrations are extraordinary. . . . [A] hilarious, artful picture book with a nod to foodies great and small."—Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Higgins turns classic picture-book scenarios upside down, then wrings them for contemporary laughs.”—New York Times

E. B. White Read-Aloud AwardEzra Jack Keats New Illustrator HonorNew York Times Best SellerKids Indie Next List, Top 10

Product Details
ISBN: 9781484730881
ISBN-10: 1484730887
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: November 24th, 2015
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Mother Bruce Series