Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kid Konnection: Mother Bruce

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you a fun picture book about a bear who gets more than he expects for dinner!

Summary: 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? -- Disney/Hyperion

MOTHER BRUCE by Ryan T. Higgins is absolutely adorable! I admit that I wasn't entirely sold on the concept from the book's description but this book turned out to be fantastic! I loved it!

Bruce the bear is quite the grumpy bear. He lives by himself and doesn't really like anything... except eggs. And not just any eggs, fancy cooked eggs. That's right. Bruce loves to find gourmet egg recipes and make them.

One day, Bruce decides to make a recipe for hard-boiled goose eggs drizzled with honey-salmon sauce. He gathers all of the ingredients but discovers that his eggs aren't exactly ready for eating! When Bruce goes out to get wood for his fire, the eggs hatch into adorable little baby goslings.

What's even funnier is that these little baby geese decide that Bruce is their mama! Bruce tries to return the goslings to their mommy, but she has already flown south for the winter. Bruce the bear tries everything to get rid of the babies, but they always seem to find their way back to their "mama." So... Bruce reluctantly takes care of the goslings.

MOTHER BRUCE is just so adorable! The book is a sweet story about an unlikely family but there is just so much humor on almost every page. Parents and kids alike will laugh out loud at Bruce's desperation. In fact, there are a few jokes that I think are intended just for the parents. I think it's one of those picture books that you can read over and over again!

I also love the illustrations in MOTHER BRUCE. You can tell from the cover just how cute they are. Bruce's expressions are hilarious and the goslings are precious. There are only a few words per page (the pictures really do a wonderful job of telling the story), so it's ideal for even reluctant listeners.

Check out the cute gift set that my family will be wearing on Thanksgiving!
As Thanksgiving approaches, there is a fun promotion for MOTHER BRUCE. Share your "Hungry as a Bear" photos and use hashtag "FollowBruce" to help celebrate the release of this terrific picture book!
Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, that sounds adorable! I bet the goslings win Bruce over.

ChaosIsAFriendOfMine said...

Bruce' grumpy face is so cute!