Mother Bruce | Ryan T. Higgins
Release Date: November 24, 2015 | Disney
Genre(s): Children's Fiction
Source: Irish Banana Tours
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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?
I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.
Toddler Takeover #2
What happens when a grumpy bear is mistaken for mother goose? A whole bunch of funny.
In this story we follow Bruce, a grumpy, crabby, just plain ole' mean bear, who my son and I found absolutely hilarious. He was completely different from other furry animals we've read about, making his character such a pleasure to read about. He's what I would call a foodie (like myself.) He searches the internet for recipes he can cook up in his kitchen, particularly any recipe with eggs as it's main ingredient. On a mission to whip up something delicious, he heads over to mother goose's house to purchase some fresh eggs from her. I mean, who better to get them from right? But, after discovering that the eggs he was about to devour hatched a handful of baby goslings, Bruce's life is pretty much turned upside down. I mean, HELLO, they think Bruce is their mama!
Goslings always follow their mother, even if SHE is a HE and HE is a bear.
Since Tihamer shows an extreme interest in reading, and likes to think of himself as a blogger, I've noticed that now he's very picky with certain books. Some titles he used to love he now labels as " boring " or " yadda yadda ", so I had no clue what his reaction would be this time around. One thing I know for sure, is that he absolutely adores illustrations, (he certainly gets this from me) and like most children, any book that has graphics and or illustrations grabs his attention, but not all can actually keep it. Thank goodness he enjoyed what was displayed in Mother Bruce. He pointed out every color he seen, and was able to piece together what was happening on each page by looking at the pictures.
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With minimal text on each page, my " reader in training " was able to memorize certain parts of the story, which is excellent for beginner readers. He not only identified some sight words, but he was also able to act out what emotions Bruce expressed throughout the book. Every parent would agree that while we use reading as a method of escapism, it's beyond important for our little ones to learn while allowing their imaginations to sore.
To say my son enjoyed Mother Bruce would be an understatement. He laughed from beginning to end, and I certainly would be telling a fib if I said I wasn't entertained right along with him. It definitely wasn't what we were expecting, which added a nice element of surprise. If you're looking for the perfect title to give a small child during the holidays, I definitely recommend making the purchase. It's silly, heartwarming, and down-right tickled with fun, so yes this book gets the fangirlconfessions stamp of approval!
Don't forget to hover over the pictures!